Sweepless by Seattle

For a while, I thought the low-key George Frazier tribute was going to be the highlight of today. I know there are folks that prefer Ryan Spilborghs and even Jenny Cavnar in the booth, and they are probably the voice for a younger, stat-centric, social media savvy generation. Frasier was from the old-school scouting, see it with my eyes approach. I think there is room for both, and I will miss some of the historical perspective. Happy Trails to George as he returns to Oklahoma.

Weiss’ in-game interview talked about how Rusin contained the damage in a 3-run 4th inning for Seattle, and things were looking bleak off Taijuan Walker for the first 5 innings. A crack emerged in the 6th, and it was sparked off of all things by a Drew Stubbs bloop double. After nothing from Blackmon and Reyes, Arenado got four wide ones. CarGo then went aggressive and tied the game, taking a splitter into the seats in RF.

The wheel of bullpen misfortune brought in John Axford for the 7th. Single to Cruz, and a HR to Gutierrez, and the Rox are down 5-3. Seats are emptying and a sweep is imminent. ROOT is running more tribute to George quotes as filler.

And then the Managing Mistake of the Day, and it was made by Lloyd McClendon. He let Beimel work CarGo and got a K, then went to that fake-arrow-shooting, lopsided-hat-wearing dude known as Fernando Rodney. The Rox lit him up. DJ walked, Paulsen doubled, Parker singles, and the game is tied at 5. Too bad the stands were empty, because it’s time for FREE BASEBALL.

The Rox have already fired 4 bullpen bullets at this point, and they fired 2 more in the 10th with Friedrich (who walked 2 immediately) and Betancourt (who got out of the nasty jam with a K and a groundout), and went to Flande as the give-me-innings guy in the 11th. Hand it to Flande, he did not let Cruz or Cano beat him.

Seattle was also nearly out of bullets and went to Mayckol Guaipe in the 11th. With Paulsen on after a single and 2 outs, McKenry jacks a no-doubter on a floating curveball.

To avoid the century mark, the Rox need to go 18-38 in the remaining games – doable, even with a patchwork rotation and the Seven Faces of Dr. Ow in the bullpen. It will be interesting to see what they do with Kyle Parker down the stretch. Hard to see anyone else coming up and making an impact unless Reyes is dealt at the waiver deadline and they go to Story.

They are about to run into a very pissed off Washington squad, however, and then face The New Avengers in NY. After a Padres sandwich, we get the NL East beasts both right back at Coors. The next two and a half weeks could be ugly.

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Gary
Gary
5 years ago

Used my new pain saving way to watch the ROX.Couple of good early innings[a rarity] watch intently.Rusin has bad inning,I’m pissed so I go run errands.Come back to tie game-intrigued -watch Axford blow it.Swear a bunch and go mow lawn.Come in and watch bottom of 9th rally[which they have done a bunch recently]-excited.Frederich walks 2,I throw things and go into my computer room to see comments on Roxwalkoff.Betty saves the day so I go back to watching bottom of eleventh.ROX… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago
Reply to  Gary

Seems like Rox do miracles when I get pissed and leave the game or step away from the TV. Maybe they should play in empty stadiums and with no TV contract.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

LOL, Gary — that sounds like me many times this season. At work yesterday, but it followed kind of the same pattern — stopped even following it on mlb.com …

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

As carp noted in an earlier thread, the Mets find themselves in a bind. A bind we’d love to be in (because it means your games actually matter), but a bind nonetheless. They’ve got 3 Strasburgs to manage: – Matt Harvey, coming off TJ surgery, is already at 140 innings. He’s averaging almost 7 innings per start. They probably wanted to limit him to 180 max. He’ll be there by Labor Day. There’s the rest of September and possibly playoffs… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  DonnyDinger

Man……if the Mets let Harvey throw 200 IP coming straight off TJ they’re crazy. He’s at 140 now. In 2013 he blew out his elbow at 178 IP. So the most he’s pitched in a season in his career is 178 IP. Going to 200 coming off 178 WITHOUT TJ would make sense. Let’s say he makes 8 more starts and averages 6 IP. That will put him @ 188 IP. Here’s the thing……..I can see the Mets making a… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago
Reply to  DonnyDinger

Dinger, the 6-man rotation will shave a couple starts off each of the 3 studs … but as carp notes, it’ll take some guts to trot Colon or Niese out there in a must-win game while Thor sits in the dugout with 4 days of rest … we’ll see. The Mets are where they are because the studs haven’t missed a start yet (at least I don’t thing), which reminds me of the Giants’ WS year when they only used… Read more »

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
5 years ago

Not mentioned above and not to be forgotten is Kyle Parker’s great catch in the 6th inning. For those of you who were working (Ag) or mowing lawns (Gary), it is worth finding a replay of it. Parker was playing LF and on the dead run into foul ground caught the ball just before the stands, tucked his legs up to barely skim the top of the wall and landed in a big guy’s lap in the first row. Yeah,… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

I saw that catch on DVR tape; it looked like Parker was trying to tackle or block the fan football style. Both had massive bodies, but with Parker’s momentum the fan could have been pancaked if that was on the football field.

Pooter
Pooter
5 years ago

I wish Kyle Parker would emulate Jack Parkman’s batting stance and stare toward the pitcher. With his facial hair, build and sunglasses he is a spitting image!

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9GmyHba5A-s/TWtK024YtCI/AAAAAAAAANY/6A7xecTNdi0/s1600/Picture%2B2.png

sabrchip
sabrchip
5 years ago

Yeh, I was doing the same thing until the 9th and couldn’t pull myself away from the tube. RE: Mets dilemma; Sometimes I think we get too caught up in IP limits. If those guys are in the hunt and make the post season, sheer adrenaline will carry them thru but it’s hard to look past the NL West staffs carrying them to the WS. Experience in the post season could set us up with a SF/LA NLCS for the… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Hah! Sabrchip, I love it. 4-Finger Jorge. But you do know what you’re getting sucked into here … the Planet Alignment Theory 2016. And it’s easy enough to do, but it’s dangerous because it interferes with the Big Rebuild. Actually, if Bridich isn’t seduced by the idea of the PAT, the two can go along side-by-side. Just don’t do anything to harm this club’s chances in carp’s 2018-21 competition window. It’s not too early to sketch it out: Starters: 4-Finger… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Step away from the crack pipe.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
5 years ago

Unfortunately, the Planet Alignment Theory 2016 for this team would result in a .500 record, not a championship. I do agree with getting the young guys on the field and keeping them there. Paulsen has done well IMO and Parker needs regular starts to see if he will be an effective everyday player. I’d love to see Story on the field next season along with others to get them MLB seasoning before the projected competitive seasons. Trading Reyes for a… Read more »

Julian
Julian
5 years ago

Agbayani, will we resign Rusin? Do you pencil him into the starting rotation? Do we have any idea what’s going on with Matzek?

Do you pencil Hale and Bergman into the bullpen?

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Julian

Not Ag……and not a specific answer……but we’re looking at training pitchers for the next three years (minimum). With that in mind, it will be critical to have a couple of rubber armed long men in the Major League Pen, and more of the same in ABQ. The next three years will be rough at the Major League level (sorry – I’m not one to sugar coat, don’t wear purple tinted glasses, and don’t subscribe to the PAT). I subscribe to… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  DonnyDinger

DD – good info.

I have written off Matzek.

Regarding BP – I think Kahnle, Friedrich, Castro, and maybe German are good starting points. But you’re correct – lots of open spots here. Anyone on the roster (major or minor) next ST should feel like they have an honest chance if they perform…….not necessarily a bad thing!

Bob K.
Bob K.
5 years ago
Reply to  Julian

Rusin is still pre-arbitration so will be controllable for at least the next 4 years. He will be a league minimum salary for 2016. He is however out of options.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

Really intriguing waiver trade (if you look below the surface) today between Indians and Braves. Nick Swisher/Michael Bourne for Chris Johnson. Braves also get about 10M. So essentially a dead even contract swap – just some minor nuances on when the contract $$$ are due. What makes this intriguing to me is how it might shed some light on potential Jose Reyes deals. Reyes is a bad contract. No need to sugar coat that fact. Given the fact that we’re… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

I call this type of deal “contract damage mitigation.” Big picture – 30 year old Tulo and the 98M owed to him is turned into 3 solid pitching prospects, one year of an (extremely) aging pitcher to plug a dike, and only +/- 30M owed.

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Good deal since C.C. used to be a good hitter so he can double as pinch hitter and DH ?!

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Gary

CC is a big man. Maybe the Rox can share him with the Broncos.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Rockies competitive tonight, but we see – again – what it means to have an ace type (Zimmerman) vs. a 3-type (DLR). And it hurts even more when you consider that Zimmerman is the Nats 3rd best pitcher (well, maybe 2nd if Strasburg doesn’t get straightened out) whereas DLR is miles ahead of any other starter on the Rockies. So another one that plays out in real life just like it does on paper. They’re better than us. Way better.… Read more »

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

You tuned out to soon Ag.ROX WIN,ROX WIN! I am now adamantly against trading Cargo for anything less than a Greinke-Kershaw-Bum. type with an established MLB resume!

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

That’s 2 in a row for me, Gary … RMH’s rule is “the Rockies never come back from being behind on the road.” This was the exception! Oberg wasn’t Gopherg … Axford didn’t walk in a run … Kahnle was Can-lee … and Cargo is that guy who made us forget Matt Holliday in 2009, at least for a while … a win, and a dagger to the heart of Nats fans since the Mets won too!!

sabrchip
sabrchip
5 years ago

Whew….! So much to dig thru here. Listened to the game on Limbaugh 850 last nite while driving over to a jam session. Sat in the car to hear Corrigan call the Ax K. Picked up the Kahnle save later when I got home. Good win…What…? The Rox have a win streak that exceeds one? Eddie needs to buckle down tonite. Strasberg hasn’t performed like he should and the Nats a very beatable right now…at least until Max climbs the… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  sabrchip

I thought last night’s game was the best of the year (so far). I agree with you regarding Cargo and offseason. It’s probably a moot point. A month ago I was 50/50 we could clear waivers. Now, not only do I think there’s no chance, I’ll go so far as to say it’s possible a non-contending team (maybe Cleveland, Arizona, etc for example) would claim him. That’s OK – you have 24 hours to negotiate a deal. But there’s only… Read more »

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Or never, depending on health of returning arms[Lyles,Bettis,Hale,Chatwood,Zero etc.].Plus this type of production is rare and too much fun to watch to not sell very high or not at all.The old adage:”some of the best deals are the ones never made”.If only Obama and Kerry had taken that attitude with Iran.[sorry couldn’t help myself}.

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