Streaking Rox Do New York

Unencumbered by nuisance details such as the Pressure of Contending, it appears the Colorado Rockies may put on a bit of a prance to the finish as the clock ticks down on the 2014 season.  They put together their second winning week in the last three, concluding a 7-game set at Coors Field with a 3-game sweep of the San Diego Padres.  They’ve won 4 in a row, and figuring-in the 4 they split with the San Francisco Giants turned-in a 5-2 week that spanned the homestand.  Tonight they’re at Citi Field in the borough of Queens, New York for the first of three with the New York Mets, starting at 5:10 pm MDT.

The week gone-by was highlighted by Tyler Matzek’s 3-hit shutout Friday night.  Matzek has emerged in the past month from a rough christening, and by all indications looks to be mainstay on the mound in future seasons.  Christian Bergman won his second start since returning from the DL, and along with Jorge De La Rosa and tonight’s starter, Jordan Lyles (6-2, 4.35), the Rockies have back something resembling a competent rotation, even as good old Frankie Morales still can’t find his way back to the pen.

Colorado heads to St Louis after the 3-pack in Queens, where a Cardinals team that leads the NL Central awaits as the battle for the playoffs ratchets into high gear.  With the exception of the NL West, where the detested Dodgers lead the hated Giants by 3, and the AL Central, where Kansas City remains 2 in front of the Tigers, the Division Races are pretty well sewn-up.  The Cards are out by 4 over the Pirates and 5 over the Brewers.  In NL East the Nationals have the Braves in the rear-view by 7.  Baltimore has the AL East under control, up on the Yankees by 9-1/2 and 10 over the Blue Jays.  The Angels have beaten-back the A’s and the Mariners in the AL West, up by 7-1/2 and 9-1/2 respectively.  The A’s and Tigers are in-line to joust over the last spot in the American League.  In the National it’s a scrum between the Braves, Pirates, and Brewers to wrest the final slot from San Francisco.

Lyles will match up against left-hander Jon Liese (8-10, 3.68) for the Rockies in New York.  Lyles went
6-1/3 in the Tuesday game with the Giants that was destroyed by the Colorado bullpen.  6 of the San Francisco runs were charged to Lyles, who gave-up 8 hits, walked 2, and struck-out 5.  Niese was also out Tuesday, getting a win over Miami despite surrendering 6 runs on 10 hits in 6 innings.

Big Money Michael Cuddyer is back in Colorado manager Walt Weiss lineup for the Big Apple, hitting cleanup at 1st-base.  Josh Rutledge moves-up to the 2-slot, and Mike McKenry is back behind the plate, hitting 6th.  We haven’t seen much of the Mets in 2014, and I don’t know who half of them are.  Lucas Duda (Duda Day) hangs-in at 1st, also hitting cleanup, with household names Juan Lagares in center-field, Wilmer Flores at short and Dilson Herrera at 2nd.

The weather in Queens is partly cloudy and cool, temperature in the high 60ºs, and wind blowing in from left-field.  Drew and Jeff have the play-by-play on ROoT tonight, I’m sure of it this time.  It’s Jerry and Jack on radio 850 KOA.

COLORADO (59-84)
Corey Dickerson (L) LF
Josh Rutledge (R) SS
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Michael Cuddyer (R) 1B
Drew Stubbs (R) CF
Michael McKenry (R) C
Brandon Barnes (R) RF
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Jordan Lyles (R) P
NEW YORK (68-75)
Juan Lagares (R) CF
Kirk Nieuwenhuis (L) LF
David Wright (R) 3B
Lucas Duda (L) 1B
Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
Curtis Granderson (L) RF
Wilmer Flores (R) SS
Dilson Herrera (R) 2B
Jon Niese (L) P

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rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago

As I expected, Rockies are doing nothing offensively. Quite offensive to me.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Jeem, nicely done as usual. Bring on these weak hitting teams! Lull me into a false sense of optimism about our pitching for next year!! (Oops, Jeem reminds me that the Cardinals are up next)

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago

Of course bullpen blows it again on the road

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago

Blame it on Wilin game calling

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

RMH you beat me to it. I was waiting for this one to end on a wild pitch. But why not blame him anyway.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

I blame Wilin. Notice how things went south when he went behind the plate? Seriously, I blame LaTroy, with a minor assist from about the worst ever throw from Stubbs … what the heck was that?

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Oh, and I meant to say that Friedrich in the pen reminds me of Jeremy Affeldt … I’m thinking he could actually be a good lefty specialist and make us forget all about the horror that is Rex

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
6 years ago

This one was once again lost by The Herd. We have nicknames for others, why not call the bullpen “The Herd”…as in goats?

Miketober
Miketober
6 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

That’s good Bob!
I also liked Bullshit instead of Bullpen that somebody came up with a few days ago.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

Wilin Rosario’s new nickname is “The Shepherd”

Gary
Gary
6 years ago

Ag,I do blame it on Wilin.Look at ERA’S last 10 days without him.Even ROOT talked about the improved pitching the past week or so.Common denominator-NO WILIN! Maybe Hawk was afraid of the pasted ball or pitch called.Confidence really matters with the fragile state of our pitchers.I do blame Wilin,if for no other reason than to aggravate everyone.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Gary, really … it’s fun to blame Wilin (I started the “I blame Wilin” thing), and I agree that some pitchers may shy away from throwing the curve in the dirt because they have no confidence he can block it. But yesterday we saw him make nice blocks on a couple of Friedrich sliders in the dirt, and even as the Root guys noted, Hawk simply missed location on a couple of those fastballs. Hawkins has been a fastball first… Read more »

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