Storms A-Comin’

The Colorado Rockies will attempt to play 8 games this week at Coors Field in Denver, including a day-night double-header Saturday against the Giants to make-up a washout that occurred on April 26. That’s the first of 3 rainouts Colorado has on its makeup agenda, but Mike Nelson is telling me the week ahead, especially tonight, has continuing potential for more of those Rockies Real Time reruns everybody was raving about last week.  The Rockies got 6 in last week in Los Angeles, losing 4, but stanching an 11 game losing streak, and splitting 4 with the Division rival Los Angeles Dodgers at Chavez Ravine over the weekend.

2015 week 6 was chock-full of interesting developments, the most salacious involving Troy Tulowitzki and Colorado rookie general manager Jeff Bridich, who took issue with rumor-mongering he attributed to that sleazy tabloid, the New York Post, which had the untoward audacity to speculate about the potential of its hometown Mets prying the All-Star and Gold-Glove shortstop loose from the perennially contending Rockies.  Bridich’s remarks revealed him as disturbingly out-of-the-loop, since everybody knows it is actually sd carp who has been stirring-up these rumors, on the Rox Walk Off, and if Bridich doesn’t know that, he probably doesn’t know that the solutions to all of his problems have been documented here, and that sounds like trouble.

The other developments concerned primarily bumps and bruises that are starting to pile-up for Colorado, which is thin-enough as it is, in case you missed Rafael Ynoa chasing them down in left-field late in yesterday’s contest in LA.  The carnage began Wednesday, when Albert Pujols drilled Jordan Lyles’ 13th and last pitch of the evening off of Lyles pitching thumb, driving Lyles from the game and ushering-in a nifty 5-1/3 inning relief outing from right-hander Christian Bergman, and is it just me, or does it not seem like the Rockies might be better-off with Bergman in the rotation and Eddie Butler taking some pitching lessons down in Albuquerque?  Later in that game Justin Morneau shook his brain loose of it moorings diving for a pop-fly, and ended-up on the 7-day Concussion List, which brought Ynoa back from the Isotopes just in time to play some outfield.

Thursday saw the streak’s end, courtesy of a Carlos Gonzalez sighting, but Friday’s 6-4 loss to the Dodgers featured Tulo pulling-up with a tight quad muscle, bringing a stunning silence down on the malevolent trade rumors, and Daniel Descalso on for more defensive artistry, as well as a 2-run double.  On Saturday Jorge De La Rosa reappeared as himself, delivering 7-1/3 stellar innings in a taco-laiden 7-1 win that included a 2-run tie-breaking Descalso home-run.  But DLR came-up lame in the 8th fielding a Scott Van Slyke ground ball, while earlier in the game Corey Dickerson re-injured the tendon in his foot that’s been dogging him since April.

Colorado continues its difficulty scoring runs.  Drew Goodman tells me the Rockies rank 14th out of 15 teams in the National League in that category, further evidence that Colorado’s highly touted offensive is nothing but a low-rent fraud.  The Rockies wasted superior pitching performances by Kyle Kendrick on Tuesday and Sunday, as well as Wednesday’s heroics by Bergman.

The Philadelphia Phillies are on for 4 starting tonight, followed by 4 against San Francisco beginning on Friday.  Lyles (2-3. 4.30) and his sore thumb get the call for Colorado tonight.  Game time is 6:40 MDT, with showers slated to become difficult in the latter portion of the contest.  The right-hander was in the process of setting the Anaheim Angels down in-order 5 days ago when Pujols scorched his liner. Lyles will face former Cy Young Award winner Cole Hamels (3-3, 3.53), a left-hander.  Hamels has been coming-on after a slow start.  He’s won his last two, going 7 innings each time, allowing a total of 3 runs on 9 hits.

Tulowitzki is back in the Colorado lineup tonight, sure to send carp fast to his phone and the source he has planted in New York.  He’ll hit 3rd, behind Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado, with Gonzalez, who appears to be heating up, batting cleanup.  Philadelphia, managed by Hall-of-Famer Ryne Sandberg, is a shadow of its former self, but Ryan Howard is still hitting 4th, Chase Utley’s at 2nd-base and Carlos Ruiz is the catcher.

It’s going to be cool and windy at the old ball-yard if they’re able to wedge this one in.  Temperatures will be in the 50°s and it’ll blow straight in at about 9 MPH.  Root Sports will have the TV, and no guarantees, but Bill’s favorite George Frazier is likely in-town to give Goodman an assist with the play-by-play.  Radio is 850 am, KOA.

PHILADELPHIA (16-23)
Ben Revere (L) LF
Freddy Galvis (S) SS
Grady Sizemore (L) RF
Ryan Howard (L) 1B
Maikel Franco (R) 3B
Chase Utley (L) 2B
Odubel Herrera (L) CF
Carlos Ruiz (R) C
Cole Hamels (L) P
COLORADO (13-21)
Charlie Blackmon (L) LF
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
Wilin Rosario (R) 1B
Nick Hundley (R) C
Drew Stubbs (R) CF
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Jordan Lyles (R) P

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IggyRox
IggyRox
5 years ago

Is there anyone available in MLB who can teach professionals (many who make more in 1 game than I make in a year) how NOT to strike out? To make contact with the ball? I was never a superstar when I played, but I usually could find a way to hit the ball with the bat. Even at 90 mph. Must be the extra MPH that does it. Surprised that most of the other teams have guys who can’t hit… Read more »

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

Lyles can”t go four times through a line-up, he’s not good enough to do that. Walt needed to have somebody up at the top of the 6th for exactly that reason. Stubbs has completely lost it, don’t see why they continue to run him out there. I wonder what happened to the two-strike approach that they all seemed to have for the first two weeks of the season, the Ks are just out of control.

Bill
Bill
5 years ago

About to go to bed but I have to comment on my least favorite manager. Lyles has always been a 5 to 6 inning pitcher. Rarely goes past that. He blew up in the 6th inning tonight. When he walks Utley who is hitting below .150 it should be obvious, but Rockies still have nobody warming up. Come on Walt, Runnels and Foster. Phillies were worst team in NL. By the time they leave Denver it looks like the Rockies… Read more »

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

Maybe Walt needs MORE surgery…like a brain transplant from Tony LaRussa.

Gary
Gary
5 years ago

Time for the annual manta:”They will hit,they will hit.they will……”Pitching ,defense have been good enough for 4-3 the past seven but the inability to put bat to ball is record setting in the wrong direction.McBride and Paulson can play outfield and hit better than Stubbs’.106 or less.Its got to be the big contract he was given that is preventing him being sent down or DFA’d.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
5 years ago
Reply to  Gary

The problem is Paulsen and McBride can’t play CF, and the Rox are insistent on not asking Cargo to play there from time to time. That is why we are stuck with Stubbs.

Pooter
Pooter
5 years ago

I rather see anyone play outfield other than Drew Stubbs! Anyone that will compete when up to bat! Anyone that will strike out SWINGING at least. I’m done with Drew. All the potential in the world and the guy is mediocre.

Trip
Trip
5 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

you mean like CarGo for an example?

Pooter
Pooter
5 years ago
Reply to  Trip

I would rather see Barnes than Stubbs at this point.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Nightmare Scenario 2015 update: Matzek reverts to 2012 complete disaster form Butler is the skinny/lucky version of Alex White 2012 (but just as awful so far — look up the stats if you don’t believe me) Gray so far is not the Gerrit Cole 2.0 I’d hoped for. He could be “guy who peaked in AA” instead Tyler Anderson has chronic arm trouble Kyle Freeland is still MIA. Kendrick has been less Marquis/Fogg veteran stopgap, more Garland disaster so far… Read more »

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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

You can add “Kahnle MIA” to the anti-PAT.

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

Four rainouts in 18 games (five coming up tonight??), and lingering cold temps both are disruptive environmental factors negatively impacting play, but the breadth of injuries (pitching staff, Tulo, Dickerson, Morneau) along the surprising disappearance of previously solid talent (Cargo, Stubbs) have ripped apart the fragile fabric woven by “Big Bird” Jeffe and the Mighty Monforts. The lack of progress in the Farmlands is perhaps the most distressing non-development of all. THere’s no Calvary coming. I think 100 losses is… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

We definitely have the anti-Planet Theory going. When pitchers walk/HBP batters, that gives the opposing team an extra two runs. When the Rox are striking out in key situations, that causes the Rox to lose an extra two runs. Over the past month or so, I’ve been watching the Rox swing at pitches not even close to the K-zone and it’s a 2-1 count instead of a 3-0 count or a 1-1 count instead of 2-0 count. Even some swings… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Question for Ed the Ump – we saw the fiasco with Wilin Rosario not tagging the 1B bag and got no outs out of it. When I looked at the replay, it seemed like the batter turned and went back to the dugout after the 1B ump called him out. I think Tulo never threw the ball to 1B for the out. So if the batter returns to the dugout without a throw at 1B, isn’t he out anyway (for… Read more »

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
5 years ago

didn’t see the play…but…no such thing as the ball not being thrown to first and the ump calling an out…

was it on a double play ball? seems like that is the only possible scenario…

checked swing? ball fouled or not fouled?

need more info on events that happened.

Gary
Gary
5 years ago

and looking at strike three down the middle over and over too!

Pooter
Pooter
5 years ago

The Rockies just seem to be dead behind their eyes, kind of like their head coach. Walt was a good player and seems to be a good guy. But from my perspective, I don’t see much leadership exuded from his personality. New head coach might be all this team needs to make a run this season. What do you have to lose?

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