Surviving April

ROX TAKE ON NATS AFTER 5-1 WEEK 3

The Colorado Rockies move into week 4 of the 2017 MLB campaign riding high, 13-6 for the young season and leading the NL West by one over the Dbacks.  Sdcarp said it prior to the season’s start, making it through a tough April that featured 5 with the Dodgers, 7 with the Giants, and 4 with the Washington Nationals without getting buried would go a good ways toward building a successful 2017, and with a week to go Colorado has managed masterfully thus far.  As RMH reported earlier, the Rockies split 2 in LA Tuesday and Wednesday, with little to note other than that Clayton Kershaw agrees with me that Tyler Anderson appears to be somewhat of a red-ass.  Apparently Tyler was in no big hurry to get started on another lackluster outing against the LA ace, and it didn’t sit well with the big lefty.

They followed that up with an exuberant 3-game sweep of the hated Giants at Coors Field, and head into the 4-game set with Washington behind a major dose of momentum.  The early season hunt and peck routine continued on Friday night, as San Francisco singled and doubled Tyler Chatwood into a 3-run deficit in the 2nd.  Colorado answered-back with a bunch of singles of their own 2 innings later, but they punctuated it with one of those good old Grand Salamis, off the bat of shortstop Trevor Story, for a 6-3 lead.  Chatwood made it through 6 for the win, surrendering 4, but it took 4 relievers to finish-up, Greg Holland throwing-out a 1-2-3 9th to close it out.

Then Saturday and Sunday the sticks got loose.  The Rockies were nursing a 6-3 lead along Saturday after giving 2 back to the Giants in the 8th, then blasted-away at the San Francisco bullpen for 6 in the bottom of the inning to run away 12-3.  Antonia Senzatela went 7 for the victory, giving-up a run on 4 hits and 3 strikeouts.  Colorado had even more fun yesterday, when they got 7 shutout innings from left-hander Kyle Freeland, and ran a 3-run lead into 8 with a 5-run bottom of the 6th.  The big wins gave the back end of the bullpen a welcome rest on the heels of the 2 off-days Monday and Thursday.

Mark Reynolds and Gerardo Parra, back from paternity leave, continued to lead the charge, with help from Charlie Blackmon, who had an inside-the-park homer in the aftermath of Story’s slam, and Story himself seems to be coming out of his funk, with 8 RBI in the last 7.  Story is still striking-out about half the time, while hitting the other half typically out of the yard, but his defense remains steady as he battles the early struggles.

Senzatela continues to excel, Freeland was stellar at home after a couple of shaky road outings, and Chatwood had his usual issues at altitude after the April 15 complete game shutout.  The ‘pen continues to excel as well, and logged the aforementioned rest with the Nationals coming to call.  Anderson (1-3, 7.32) goes tonight, and he’ll face a spot start from Jacob Turner (0-0, 2.61 with Syracuse of the IL), as Stephen Strasburg is also indulging in a little childbirth over the next several days.  Colorado misses Strasburg and Wealthy Max Scherzer, who defeated the New York Mets yesterday at Citi Field.

The Rockies’ empty rotation slot comes-up tomorrow, when German Marquez, who’s been ripping it up in New Mexico, is rumored to be in line to get the start, then Chatwood goes Wednesday with Senzatela drawing the home stand finale Thursday afternoon.  RMH will have more on Friday, when Colorado travels to Phoenix for 3 with Arizona to close-out the month.

Anderson toes the rubber tonight at 6:40.  WeatherBug says it’s going to be windy, gusting right-to-left, with temperatures falling out of the 60°s as play carries on.  Drew Goodman’s back for ROOT, and KOA am has the radio.

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rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

Now you see why we called up Pat Valaika. We will find out tomorrow who gets cut – Amarista or Adames – when Marquez joins the team.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

After plaguing Earl Weaver style, the Rox switched to small ball style in 8 th. I’ve been waiting all month for a string of hits.

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

Amarista helping Bud and Bridich make that tough decision by failing to get the bat on the ball with bases loaded and no outs … and I gotta say I’m starting to come around on Wolters as a hitter!

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

That was a couple of heavy weights fighting. Punch, counter-punch. I really like the Nats lineup. They’ll be big bullpen buyers at the trade deadline.

Saw video of Valaika shagging fly balls in the OF during this afternoon’s practice. He’s the most qualified “super-sub” that has pop in his bat. Of course Desmond also took batting practice. Good stuff happening.

Bob K.
Bob K.
3 years ago

By virtue of the Rockies leading 1-0 after four innings, they are now 12-0 when leading after 4 innings.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

Ego, you got your wish. Cardullo optioned.

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

Here’s my dream for Cardullo: he goes to ABQ, hits .320, the Rockies stay in the playoff race, and Cardullo gets called up again in September and contributes a key hit or two … I hope they get tonight’s game in because I’m pretty optimistic about German Marquez, and this would be a great spot for him.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I’m at the game tonight. They will get the game in. Barely a drizzle now. They just want to play the game dry beginning to end.

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

RMH, you shoulda stayed home. This proves that my hunches – this time, about Marquez coming up big tonight – have absolutely no predictive value. Hey, there’s still time for a rain out, right?

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

I went home after the 3-run triple in 2nd inning.
I hate CarGo when he plays the HR. Its like 100th time I thought he had the fly ball out as he’s acting like he’s camping underneath the ball only to fake us out

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

The Nats are the best team I’ve seen this year (I still haven’t watched the Astros……but I don’t think they’re better). Impressive lineup. Trea Turner……what a dynamic player.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Washington and Chicago Cubs are two guaranteed division winners. NYM not good enough. Trea Turner is the best SS in baseball. There I said that and it feels great. Cuz I think Corey Seager is overhyped to the point of being a MVP candidate. Puhleease.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

RMH – I think the Nats are better than the Cubs at the moment. Here’s why – Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. I think these two guys are definitively better than Jake Arrieta/Jon Lester/Kyle Hendricks. I do think the Nats have bullpen issues. But they have the money and minor league resources to fix the BP issue at the trade deadline if the choose (and choose correctly – they’ve struggled here in the past). Plus – I don’t think the… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

I’ll preface this by saying I’m NOT brining this up to be Debbie Downer! Right now, today, at this moment in time, the SF Giants are NOT a good team. Drew Stubbs was in their lineup last night. Need i say more? They just called up their #1 Prospect (Christian Arroyo) much too early. Of course Bumgarner is out for a while and their BP was a train wreck before the season started. I’m not trying to minimize our 6-1… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

If you go back to my prediction comment in that thread l called SFG to finish 4th and Arizona 2nd. I knew Arizona was very good but questioned bullpen. I’m right on track so far!

I also said we should beat up SF and SD in season series. Barely lose to LAD and win the series against Arizona. It looks like that it’s what we need to do to contend for October play.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

I remember you singing the praises of the Snakes…..while I simultaneously pooh-poohed them a little bit. My knock on the Snakes coming into the season was BP and Bench. I’m not convinced they have either fixed. However – they’ve done one thing ( a little bit under the radar) that I love. They’ve moved Archie Bradley to the BP. For those that don’t follow amateur baseball – Bradley was a highly sought after arm (1st round draft choice) who is… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

All HRs hit by Washington were arms extended and belt high. And what have I preached for years? BBs are almost always followed by XBHs.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

Don’t be too down RMH (and others). The Nats are really, really good. That’s still no excuse to walk the pitcher two days in a row – but they’re A+ competition.

That said – I’d love to see us steal this game today.

roxnsox
roxnsox
3 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Yes. Today is really important to win in order to stop a (short) losing streak early before going to a tough division opponent’s park. In the past, they often let 2 bad losses turn into 7 losses out of 8 or something.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

Pat Valaika in LF! Wow…….we’re going full blown Super-Utility!

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

Nice job walking the pitcher again today. And then Gio Gonzalez knocked in a couple runs today. Well, this was a cold sharp dose of reality the last 3 days, from Springtime in Rockiesland back to the never-ending winter of discontent … Estevez took the biggest hit for the team, but Lyles continues to astound me with his inexplicable ineffectiveness. I think we might see Estevez optioned back to AAA for a while and Lyles DFA’d. In fact, I think… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
3 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Cold hard jolt. Injuries starting to drag ’em down. Nervous Rockiesland.

Doc
Doc
3 years ago

Jason Motte brought up by Atlanta and will be used for middle relief.

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

Beautiful Haiku-like post, Roxnsox. Sums it up nicely, but I feel like it needs to be divided into 3 lines:

Cold hard jolt
Injuries taking toll
Nervous Rockiesland

roxnsox
roxnsox
3 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Fabulous! 🙂

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

From our friend Patrick Suanders:

“Ian Desmond (hand) homered in his first plate appearance in extended spring training on Friday.

Desmond got seven at-bats and played seven innings overall, splitting time between left field (five innings) and first base (two innings). With Mark Reynolds hitting so well, Desmond is expected to see playing time in left field in addition to first base after he’s activated.”
Source: Patrick Saunders on Twitter

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Apologize – not in Haiku format……blame Patrick, not me.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

I’ve been singing the praises of the Nats for the last few days……and they just lost Adam Eaton to what looks like a serious leg injury (had to be carried off the field).

Bob K.
Bob K.
3 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Eaton has a torn ACL.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

Call me crazy (I’ve been called far worse), but I’d consider giving Wolters a shot at leadoff against RHed pitching and move Chuck Nazty into an RBI slot (maybe 3rd).

I know, I know…..crazy.

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