Struggling to Maintain

The Colorado Rockies blew-out of San Francisco a week ago, riding an exhilarating 3-game/3-comeback road-sweep of the hated Giants, then blew-into Los Angeles for a nasty reminder of the cruel condition the circumstances of May and June, 2014 have placed upon them.  On Monday, Hyun-Jin Ryu out-pitched Tyler Matzek.  Tuesday Zack Greinke out-pitched Jhoulys Chacin.  Wednesday Jorge De La Rosa sh_t the bed, and on top of that Clayton Kershaw twirled a virtual Perfect Game at him.  Agbayani put it succinctly:  “their No. 5 is better than our No. 1,” so what did you expect?  It Is What It Is.

By Friday the Rockies were back at Coors Field to see what the Milwaukee Brewers had to offer.  They let Marco Estrada get away with murder that night, and Saturday afternoon they welcomed Christian Friedrich back to the big leagues with a rousing reprise of the 2012 Rocky Mountain Death March. Matzek put them in a 5-3 hole they couldn’t climb out of Sunday, and tonight they welcome the regal and majestic St Louis Cardinals, looking to Chacin (1-5, 4.53) to bail them-out of a 6-game losing streak. Chacin will match-up against right-hander Lance Lynn (7-5, 3.15) in the first of 3 with the Cardinals before Colorado heads east for 4 more with the Brew-Crew, and 3 in the Nation’s Capital versus the NL East leading Nats.

The Rockies head into each contest at a distinct competitive disadvantage for the foreseeable future. Nobody cares, it’s the Major Leagues, and you’re going to lose a lot of games. At least lose with dignity. Match your opponent pitch-for-pitch.  Grind-out at-bats.  Play clean, precise defense.  Run the bags smart and aggressive.

But you can’t have your best starter go-out and lay an egg.  You can’t have your relievers coming on for fresh innings and giving-away 2.  You can’t strike-out 15 times.  You can’t leave 12 men on-base, and you can’t put on a defensive pig-fest like that disaster Saturday (and wasn’t Josh Rutledge a revelation at 3rd?).

Chacin lasted 6 in the 4-2 loss to Greinke.  He surrendered 3 on 7 hits, walked 3 and struck-out 5.  Lynn was out Wednesday, at home against the New York Mets in a 3-2 loss.  Lynn too went 6, giving-up 2 runs on 5 hits.  He walked 4 and struck-out 2.

2 is the new 3, I’m told, and former Rockie Matt Holliday will be behind Lynn in that lineup slot.  Allen Craig has emerged as the St Louis cleanup man, and another former Rockie, Mark Ellis, late of LA, will be at 2nd-base, hitting 8th.  Colorado’s not trying anything radical.  Drew Stubbs is in center against Lynn, hitting 6th, flanked by Corey Dickerson in left and Charlie Blackmon in right.  Wilin Rosario appears to have gotten hot, just as all is lost, and he hits 5th.

Spring-like weather continues in the Mile High City on the 3rd day of summer.  Isolated showers are predicted for game time with temperatures in the low 70ºs and wind blowing in from right-field at 9 MPH.  ROoT Sports won’t disappoint with its usual lively telecast.  And Jerry and Jack will be cursing good-bye to the streak over on KOA.

ST LOUIS (41-35)
Matt Carpenter (L) 3B
Matt Holliday (R) LF
Matt Adams (L) 1B
Allen Craig (R) RF
Yadier Molina (R) C
Jon Jay (L) CF
Jhonny Peralta (R) SS
Mark Ellis (R) 2B
Lance Lynn (R) P
COLORADO (34-41)
Charlie Blackmon (L) RF
Corey Dickerson (L) LF
Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
Justin Morneau (L) 1B
Wilin Rosario (R) C
Drew Stubbs (R) CF
Charlie Culberson (R) 3B
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Jhoulys Chacin (R) P


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7 years ago

Three innings-down as usual-time for Longmire and Major Crimes.Debated signing up for ROX and “treated” my self in early May for my 68th b-day when Rox were 6 or 7 games above .500.Now 6 weeks later we are 8 games under-sorry guys I should have stayed away.I said back in March that I would be happy with a competitive team playing .500 ball.Sadly once again even that low bar seems unattainable.

7 years ago

I propose Jared rename the blog: ROX CRAWL OFF – Mental toughness does not exist on this team.

7 years ago

Some guy named Yohan Flande pitching on Wednesday? According to the DP he was scratched from his Sky Sox start in case Bergman can’t go. This is getting ridiculous.

7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Yohan Flande – perfect name for Tour De France rider, or World Cup Soccer player.

My advice to RWOers that covet their mental sanity – watch the World Cup (it has been beyond fabulous) and the TdF starting 4th of July weekend. This year’s Tour as all the makings of a classic.

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