Swallowed by the Blowpen

The 2015 Colorado Rockies have a curious little habit of tagging refreshing, optimism lifting victories at the tail end of otherwise dismal weekly performances, quite a turnaround from just a few years back when Jim Tracy’s infamous Sunday lineups led to something like a 1-25 run of week-enders.  Chris Rusin’s shutout the day before yesterday was a case in-point, Rusin concluding rightfully a complete game was his only option if he wanted a win out of his 106 pitch effort.

Preceding Sunday’s triumph, the Colorado bullpen turned in a week worthy of a horror film, almost taunting Rockies fans, as if to say “you thought Rex Brothers was bad, try this!”  Monday it was Justin Miller and Boone Logan soiling-up a fine effort by Jon Gray.  Rusin got the treatment on Tuesday at the hands of John Axford.  On Wednesday Colorado simply couldn’t score against Jacob deGrom and 2 New York Mets relievers, and Thursday Eddie Butler, who has since been voted off the island, didn’t need any help, giving up 6 runs on his own, but the ‘pen matched those 6 with 6 of their own, Scott Oberg and Tommy Kahnle taking the honors.  Friday Yohan Flande got out of the 6th in a 4-4 tie, but Ken Roberts and Rafael Betancourt were having none of that, turning that one over to Gonzalez Germen for the 8th trailing 8-5.  Saturday it was Germen who tossed the trash on another fine outing by Gray, but nevertheless the Rockies took a 5-4 lead into the 9th for Kahnle to blow into the night.

But it was all smiles Sunday, Rusin making a huge statement about his role in the team’s future (note to Jeff Bridich— no need to seek out one of those exciting “innings-eater” transactions this winter), Brandon Barnes rolling-out the GatorAde dunk, and everybody went to bed revelling about the wonderful baseball organization we have working here in the Mile High City, all set-up to put more hurt on the Washington Nationals ahead of a visit from the National League East leading Mets.  Right-hander David Hale (3-4, 5.69) gets the call for tonight’s 6:40 MDT start out at the old ball park after the demise of Butler, who’d been holding-down Hale’s slot as he recovered from a groin strain suffered July 9 in a win over the Atlanta Braves.

Hale came-on in the 2nd for Kyle Kendrick, who blew-out his shoulder that night, and lasted an inning and 2/3 before succumbing to the injury.  Hale got the win despite throwing only 22 pitches.  He faces-off against Jordan Zimmermann (8-8, 3.34) of the Nationals, who Colorado faced August 7 in DC and scored 4 runs in 6-2/3 inning off the righty in a game the Rockies went-on to win 5-4.  Zimmermann was out Wednesday against the Dodgers, losing despite a 7-inning 1-run/2-hit/9-strikeout performance.

Washington has fallen 4-1/2 games behind New York and is suffering through a 2-8 stretch that astoundingly leaves them a game below .500.  They pull into Coors riding 6 consecutive losses, which the Rockies can relate to, but at least they’re being creative, lining-up with slugger Jayson Werth leading-off, ahead of Danny Espinosa and the legendary Bryce Harper.  Colorado counters with José Reyes in the lead role, DJ LeMahieu hitting 2nd and hot-hitting Carlos Gonzalez 3rd.  Kyle Parker is in left-field hitting 7th and Barnes is on for Charlie Blackmon in center, batting 8th.

Denver weather is cool, cloudy and breezy, with temperatures in the 60°s and wind blowing in from right-field at around 10 MPH.  ROOT Sports has the telecast, and KOA takes the radio, as usual.  Catch it on KRNV 1150 if you prefer Spanish.

WASHINGTON (58-59)
Jayson Werth (R) LF
Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
Bryce Harper (L) RF
Yunel Escobar (R) 3B
Ian Desmond (R) SS
Ryan Zimmerman (R) 1B
Michael Taylor (R) CF
Wilson Ramos (R) C
Jordan Zimmermann (R) P
COLORADO (48-68)
Jose Reyes (S) SS
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Ben Paulsen (L) 1B
Nick Hundley (R) C
Kyle Parker (R) LF
Brandon Barnes (R) CF
David Hale (R) P

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rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

HPU Gerry Cedarstrom worst ball/strike calling I’ve seen in five years. Ten pitches on the black, at least half should be called a strike. But none, not one called a strike. And the last pitch right in the middle for a K third out called ball before the HR.

As a result game over with Zimmerman pitching and two runs down.

To make matters worse, he’s giving Hale postage stamp sized zone and Zimmerman a huge zone.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

Someone here (RMH?) pointed out that Dave Dombrowski normally had a future job in his back pocket before he left his present job. Welcome to Boston Mr. Dombrowski. Now Ben Cherrington is on the street (figuratively).

Rangers pick up Wil Venable for an A minor league catcher coming off TJ and a PTBNL.

Keep hitting homers Cargo!

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

Hale is a chump. Nice walk of the pitcher there, nearly 100 pitches in with a single out in the 5th inning.

And Paulsen is no Helton at 1st…..

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

Anyone else notice that when Kahnle gets upset and his hair flops all around that he kind of looks like Bozo the Clown?

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Rockies lose cuz all the walks scored for the guys. Typical Rockies and no help from HPU with his biased ball/strike calls. Now WP twice you give them 2 free gifts.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

I propose that you’re not pitching for the Rockies anymore for the life of me if your BB/9 is greater than 3.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

That’s my dream – seeing a pitcher with this line: 6 IP, 3H, 0 R, 8 K, 1BB. That was Jesus Tinoco tonight. Come on let’s get the pitchers moving thru the pipeline. I’d rather see pitchers rushed shellocked than watch all the free passes.

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

Also,anybody notice how many balls up the middle get by on Reyes’ LH side?

These continual pitching meltdowns are real tough to watch on TV, must be just debilitating to be watching from the eight other defensive positions.

FInally, I don’t know if the positive encouragement from the Pitch Whisperer is helping. Maybe try something different, like go out there and rip them a new one….

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  RocketMan

Reyes has NO range period!

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Gary

You’re so correct Gary. He also has a weak arm (both of these are recent developments – there was a time in his career when he had both). But he did have 4 hits last nights. He still runs well. He would be better served playing 2nd.

He has cleared waivers. This goes back to “sunk costs.” Dealing him for anything will be worthwhile.

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

I don’t know what the point of running Kahnle and Oberg is anymore. THey don’t throw strikes, they don’t get outs. Try somebody else, like some of the hot dog and beer salesmen.

Bill
Bill
5 years ago

This may be the worst game of the year. Walks, balks, wild pitches, a shortstop who has no range and a CF who missed the cut-off man by 20 feet.

According to Dombrowski two other teams talked to him. I doubt that one of them was the Rockies cause we have the best president in baseball – who just happens to own the team.

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Little league at best.Pitching shows no pride or desire.With out the walks and Reyes lack of range Hale still maybe serviceable. Why not try him in long relief and replace him with Chettis as soon as possible.

IggyRox
IggyRox
5 years ago

Biggest surprise of the night… the Red Sox hired Dombrowski and not Montfort! What the heck? They passed on this astute baseball man in favor of another retread?

Ah the horrah!

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Freeland also pitched tonight: 6 IP, 5 R all on 3 HRs.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

Time for me to turn off the TV and study for my fantasy football draft Aug 28th. I’m going to show Mr. Montfart how to run a team.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Wow, thank goodness I fell asleep after the Nats took a 7-6 lead. Then the bullpen meltdown to end all bullpen meltdowns. Even Friedrich got in on the meltdown action. Here’s the bullpen ERAs now:

Miller: 3.63
Axford: 4.66
Kahnle: 4.99
Bergman: 5.03
Friedrich: 5.44
Betancourt: 5.94
Oberg: 5.98
German: 6.94

Worst bullpen of all time? Right now I can’t think of any worse. We’re seeing history in the making here.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

So did I dream this or did Walt Weiss really say he’d be back to Manage in 2016?

I know Ag likes stats. Now he has a real challenge. Come up with a 2016 PAT theory scenario for the franchise with the worst Manager, worst Owner, and least amount of player talent. That my friends….is a tough homework assignment.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

carp, I’m up to the challenge! But this one may take some time. My starting point: the Diamondbacks this year. Not absolutely everything has gone right, but this is pretty close to a PAT year for them. And they’re still hovering around .500, with probably a Rockies 2007 type run needed to make the playoffs.

And no, it’s no dream (nightmare): Walt confirms he’ll be back in 2016. Why wouldn’t he be?

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Well, as of today, I can think of 69 reasons for him not to come back, and only 44 in favor of him coming back.

Here’s two things about the DBacks – Tony LaRussa and Dave Stewart. Granted, they’re in unfamiliar positions. But they’re a couple of smart fellows without an idiot Owner interfering. If drastic changes don’t occur on Blake Street, look for the gap between us and them (DBacks) to continue to grow.

Julian
Julian
5 years ago

The best game of the year is followed by what might be the worst game of the year. So frustrating. And now CarGo has inflammation in his right knee. Is there anyone who has pitched in our bullpen this year other than Ottavino who deserves to be in the bullpen of a decent team, or in a rational world should be in our bullpen next year, even given how bad we’re likely to be? Can one of you fashion a… Read more »

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