Taming the Beast

ROX GO 6-4 ON TRIP; DBACKS, METS ON AT COORS

The Colorado Rockies went 3-4 for the 5th week of the 2016 MLB season, nothing really much to get excited about unless you use that old sportswriter’s trick (I probably learned it from whoever was on the Tigers’ beat for the Toledo Blade back in about 1966) and add the 3-game sweep of Arizona onto the front of it, in which case it becomes a 6-4 roadie, and to hell with the 5th week of 2016.  The details are even more intriguing.  Jon Gray gave up 2 runs in the 1st against the Padres last Monday, and 12 innings later he hasn’t given up another.  Eddie Butler is on for a spot start or two while Jorge De La Rosa rehabs his latest ailment, and “didn’t look too bad” until San Diego tore into him in the 6th Tuesday, then yesterday he twirled 6 nifty innings of shutout ball at the Giants as the Rockies wrapped up the trip with a 2-0 win at AT+T Park.  And Wednesday with Colorado needing a victory to salvage 1 of 3 at Petco, tonight’s starter, Tyler Chatwood (4-2, 2.15) dealt zeroes over 8 for another 2-0 triumph.  Thursday Chris Rusin had a horrible outing against the Giants, but the Rockies put up 13 in the 5th that day so it didn’t really matter, and Chad Bettis wasn’t a match for the Mad Bum on Friday despite being staked a 4-0 1st inning lead, but the net result was the week had a “different” feeling, or as RoxnSox put it, We Might Not Be As Bad As We Thought.

Nevertheless, Colorado, which is 11-8 on the road, returns this week to Coors Field, where it is 4-8, for 3 with the Dbacks, then 3 with the Mets, and Gray and his compadres have got to put a firmer grip on matters here, where some terrifying opponent outbursts have punctuated the Lodo losses.  In fairness, several of the pastings came in starts by DLR and Albuquerque Isotope Jordan Lyles, but winning at a one out of three pace at Coors certainly isn’t going to spike beer sales on the Rooftop.

So Chatwood gets the call in tonight’s 6:40 tumble with Arizona.  The Dbacks roll out right-hander Archie Bradley (0-0, 10.38). Chatwood surrendered only 3 hits in the start against the Padres.  He struck-out 7 and walked one.  Bradley, a 6′-4″, 225 pound 23 year-old, has only been out once in 2016, on April 18, when he went 4-1/3 against San Francisco, giving-up 5 runs on 7 hits and 4 walks.  Bradley struck-out 2 Giants.

We’ve seen the group of Diamondbacks Chip Hale is dishing at us before.  Chris Herrmann is going to hit 6th and play right-field tonight, following cleanup man Jake Lamb and catcher Welington Castillo.  Rockies’ manager Walt Weiss is also playing it pretty straight.  Mark Reynolds is the 1st-baseman, hitting 6th ahead of DJ LeMahieu and Tony Wolters, who’ll handle Chatwood.

Denver weather looks to be pleasant this evening after a potential afternoon shower.  Game time temperature will be around 65° with a wind at about 6 MPH blowing across from left to right.  The media’s as usual, TV on ROOT.  850 KOA has the radio.

ARIZONA (15-18)
Jean Segura (R) 2B
Brandon Drury (R) LF
Paul Goldschmidt (R) 1B
Jake Lamb (L) 3B
Welington Castillo (R) C
Chris Herrmann (L) RF
Chris Owings (R) CF
Nick Ahmed (R) SS
Archie Bradley (R) P
COLORADO (15-16)
Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
Trevor Story (R) SS
Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Gerardo Parra (L) LF
Mark Reynolds (R) 1B
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Tony Wolters (L) C
Tyler Chatwood (R) P
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sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

JDLR pitched 4 innings in ABQ. 3 walks. That’s 1 more than Peter Lambert has allowed all year. Under the radar a bit, Harrison Musgrave is pitching a strong game once again for Hartford. Asheville is rolling.

Also, Descalso was in the ABQ lineup.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
4 years ago

Leave JDLR on a 20-start rehab.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

On a semi-serious note, I’d tell him he’s headed back to Denver as soon as he has a start in ABQ without a walk.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
4 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

And average 15 seconds between pitches before coming back.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
4 years ago

Why do umpires always squeeze Trevor Story on 3rd strike inside pitch that is not even close to the plate???

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

RMH – Story is seeing the ball much better than the umpire. Even though the kid has hit 11 HRs, what I’m seeing in the last 10-14 days is what is going to make him a beast. He’s learning the strike zone right before our eyes.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
4 years ago

Rockies need to play all 162 games away from Coors.

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Random thoughts: – Parra sets a knew standard for stupid aggressiveness. Leadoff double, caught stealing 3B. – our friends at purplerow sing the praises of the “new” Mark Reynolds. Folks, it’s all the BABIP (batting average on balls in play). It’s a ridiculous unsustainable .473 so far. K rate? Right at his extremely high career average. BB rate? Same as always.Yes, he’s played well. No, he’s not turning some corner/having a late career breakout. He should still platoon with Paulsen,… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

And meanwhile, Bridich’s scorecard: – He’s looking awfully smart on the Tulo deal. Tulo is off to a horrible start at the plate. Again, a lot of that is BABIP driven; he’ll recover … somewhat. But I’d been expecting him to go off Tulo style at some time, one of those epic months he had here. I’m now starting to wonder if it will happen. Sure, we had to take Reyes, but this is all about clearing salary post-2017, and… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
4 years ago

I just love how the leader of this ship has his men prepared for battle in their own backyard. Weiss has to go. Unacceptable to see how this team performs at home.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

Ag Sir – mostly agree with you Wolters. Wolters (to me) falls in the same category as Estevez. Big physical talent. Since we’re aiming for 2018 and beyond, I say leave both of them out there and let them take their lumps. I warned you guys about Drury and Lamb. That HR that Lamb hit last night was a missile. I was excited to watch Archie Bradley last night. At one time not too long ago, he was the “next… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Ha……..that was meant to be “except regarding Wolters.”

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

A little off topic: Out-of-the-blue, Stephan Strasburg signed a 175M extension with the Nats yesterday. One can debate the wisdom of that move all day long (from the Nats standpoint). But independent of that debate, the fact is the #1 FA pitcher in a very thin 2016 FA offseason class is now off the market. So some are now predicting the pitching market at the July trade will be even hotter than originally projected. Normally this wouldn’t register as much… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago

More off topic: Royal’s top Prospect Raul Mondesi Jr. suspended 50 games for PED Clenbuterol. This represents a reduction from the standard 80 because apparently MLB bought his “I took it inadvertently” excuse. I don’t but it for 1 second. “Clen” is super popular in the weightlifting world and also in elite cycling. Cyclists use it to help them lose the last couple of lbs prior to a big race. Apparently it’s very good at not targeting muscular mass. TdF… Read more »

Bill
Bill
4 years ago

I’m amazed that Walt still has his job unless he’s been fired in the past hour. Twice in a week two experienced players made horrible decisions and tried to steal 3rd when the extra base was not the most important thing. After DJ did it last week you would have thought Walt would have made it a point of emphasis of when to steal or not to steal or at least put in a “don’t steal” sign. But I guess… Read more »

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