Starting [to Get] Better

The Colorado Rockies squandered nice starts by Jorge De La Rosa, Brett Anderson, and Tyler Matzek coming out of the All Star Break in Pittsburgh, then returned home for the “Not Serious” starting slots, and dutifully lost them both, to the Washington Nationals, to start the post-break session with a 5-game losing streak.  Wednesday afternoon the rotation came back to De La Rosa, whose teammates joined him in high socks, and the left-hander turned-in 7-1/3 2 run/8 hit innings that the bullpen was unable to blow for a 6-4 Rockies victory.  Anderson and Matzek followed in stride, Anderson shutting-out the visiting Pirates for 6-1/3 before a blister ended his night in Friday’s 8-1 win, and Matzek shutting them-out for 7 in a tight Saturday night contest that Colorado blew-open in the bottom of the 7th.  Sunday it was back to Frankie Morales, who couldn’t make it out of the 5th, forcing manager Walt Weiss to get 5 innings out of the pen, and he used all 4 of the Killer B’s, which is not a formula that results in Rockies’ triumphs.

Justin Morneau hit the Disabled List with a stiff neck on Monday, and Troy Tulowizki followed on Wednesday.  Ben Paulsen arrived to cover for Morneau and is off to a fast start, going 9 for 19 with 4 doubles an 2 RBI in his first week as a Major Leaguer.  Tulo is off to Philadelphia, by way of the borough of the Bronx, for a visit with Dr William Meyers, who handled his groin surgery in 2012.  Jordan Lyles made a rehab start in Modesto yesterday and Christian Bergman threw 50 batting practice pitches on Friday, signalling the imminent return of those two, although Colorado will have to get a couple of other guys hurt in order to add them to the MLB roster.

The Rockies have a full slate of road games this week, starting tonight in Chicago at 6:05 pm at Wrigley Field, when they face the Cubs in the 1st of 4 before heading east on I-94 to Detroit, Michigan to face Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Miguel Cabrera, and the rest of the AL Central leading Tigers for 3 games on the weekend.  A Not Serious start is on-hand tonight, as Yohan Flande (0-2, 7.20) takes the hill against Tsuyoshi Wada (0-1, 5.00), in a clash of future Cy Young award contenders.  Flande avoided the decision in Tuesday’s 7-4 loss to Washington, getting into the 6th inning but allowing 4 runs on 5 hits. Wada will be making his third MLB start.  He was out Wednesday against the Padres, taking the loss and surrendering 5 runs on 5 hits in only 4 innings of an 8-3 San Diego victory.

Carlos Gonzalez returns to the Colorado lineup, hitting 3rd in the latest version of Weiss’ starting 9, one that has Josh Rutledge hitting 2nd for Tulowitzki and Paulsen hitting 7th for Morneau.  Chicago manager Rick Renteria runs out a whole slew of household names, including Arismendy Alcantara, who will play 2nd base, hitting ahead of 1st-baseman Anthony Rizzo and shortstop Starlin Castro.

It’s a partly cloudy night in the Windy City, brisk in the high 60ºs with wind blowing-in from left-field at around 10 MPH.  The usual media analysts will be on the case, Jeff and Drew on ROoT Sports, Jerry and Jack on KOA.

COLORADO (43-61)
Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
Josh Rutledge (R) SS
Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Wilin Rosario (R) C
Brandon Barnes (R) LF
Ben Paulsen (L) 1B
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Yohan Flande (L) P
CHICAGO (42-61)
Emilio Bonifacio (S) 3B
Arismendy Alcantara (S) 2B
Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
Starlin Castro (R) SS
Justin Ruggiano (R) RF
Chris Coghlan (L) LF
Junior Lake (R) CF
John Baker (L) C
Tsuyoshi Wada (L) P


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Julie G
Julie G
7 years ago

Nice game by Flande messed up by pen:-( Of course, problems with injuries and the lack of offense helped.

7 years ago

Giants need a 2nd baseman bad. And the Dodgers grabbed Darwin Barney from the Cubs who had been DFA’d so the Giants couldn’t get him. Scuturo may be done, not just for the year but for his career. Maybe the Rockies could get the Giants to take back Culberson and Rocks could get a prospect or perhaps some sourdough bread. Culberson, despite a great play at short tonight, is hitting around .180 (1/2 the games at Coors) but I think… Read more »

7 years ago
Reply to  Bill

I doubt DJ has the green light to run whenever he wants. I’m sure he tried to steal third because he got the sign from Walt to do so.

7 years ago

Flande is not a hack.He may not be a true ML starter but he has a decent arm,works fast,keeps the ball down and seems unflappable.I continue to believe he could be a bull pen arm as a long or swing man.As soon as guys get healthy and come back he should be rewarded with a bull pen spot after we dump Masset,Belisle[PLEASE!],Bettis,and demote Brothers.

Julie G
Julie G
7 years ago
Reply to  Gary

Brothers is having a rough year, however, I think he can rebound. Massett I am not sure about, it might be worth some time in in AAA. Bettis needs to go and why he is still around is a mystery. Belisle should disappear after this year, but with the pen management this year, who knows?

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