The Hits Keep Coming

The Colorado Rockies will retire the No. 17 of long-time 1st-baseman Todd Helton when they return to Coors Field next weekend.  Helton’s 17 year career was emblematic of the Rockies’ history.  In spite of a potentially Hall of Fame career, Helton was unable to lift the Rockies from a chronic state of mediocrity, reaching the playoffs only twice, although Helton’s average of a post-season appearance once every
8-1/2 year bests that of the team, which gets there at a rate of once every 10-1/2.

They won’t make it this year, as the 2014 misery continued during a week in which they lost 2 of 3 to first the Chicago Cubs, and later to Division rival Arizona.  2 of 6 is considerably better than the 1 of 7 they managed the week before; the trend is up, the ship on-course.  Brett Anderson was 3 innings into a fourth-straight impressive start Monday when his back flared-up on him, what’s now diagnosed as a bulging disc, or midriff, or something, and now Anderson’s entire future is now in-doubt, the brief hint of promise dashed along side of so many others.  Then yesterday Carlos Gonzalez landed back on the Disabled List, the ankle he slammed into the Comerica Park sidewall too damaged to continue, and the left knee that’s been dogging him all year experiencing “tendonitis.”  Ben Paulsen was recalled to fill Gonzalez’ roster spot.  Cargo’s had a lot of time off to get that knee better; one hopes the Rockies have a handle on how to treat it, but then again, we’re talking Rockies.

The local nine logged the victory over the Cubs on the night tonight’s starter, Jordan Lyles (6-1, 3.72), returned from the DL.  Lyles had retired after 6 innings when Colorado whipped-up a bit of a rout, knocking Jake Arrieta around for 6 in the sixth and Chris Rusin for 4 in the seventh.  The romp had little carry-over however; the Rockies dropped the next 3 before eking-out an extra innings win on a Corey Dickerson home run in the top of the 10th on Sunday.  Colorado has 3 more on the road before returning to Coors for the Cincinnati Reds and the Helton festivities, starting tonight in San Diego against the Padres, at 8:10 pm in Petco Park.

Lyles surrendered 4 runs in his first start since June 4.  He allowed 6 hits, walked a batter, and struck-out 5.  He’ll lock-up with Jesse Hahn (7-3, 2.28), who’s opened a lot of eyes in 10 starts since his call-up from the San Antonio Missions on June 3, the day before Lyles busted his left wrist.  Hahn was out Tuesday in Minneapolis, when he lost to the Twins 3-1.  He gave-up all 3 of the Minnesota runs, on only 4 hits, but he walked 4.

The Padres, active at the trade deadline ahead of hiring fresh GM AJ Preller out of the Texas organization, have Yangervis Solarte and Rymer Liriano in tonight’s lineup, Solarte hitting 2nd at 3rd-base and Liriano 7th in right-field.  The dearly beloved Seth Smith will be breaking RWOer hearts and hitting 3rd.  Rockies manager Walt Weiss will use an outfield of Corey Dickerson in left, Drew Stubbs in center and Charlie Blackmon in right, hitting 5th, 2nd and 1st respectively.  Josh Rutledge starts at shortstop and hits 7th.

The dreaded Marine Layer is settling in over Petco under skies that will be mostly cloudy, with temperatures in the low 70ºs, 75% relative humidity and a breeze at about 5 MPH wafting-in from left-field.  Drew Goodman and George Frazier will be on hand to memorialize the contest on ROoT TV.  Jerry Schemmel and Jack Corrigan have the radio on KOA 850 am.

COLORADO (46-71)
Charlie Blackmon (L) RF
Drew Stubbs (R) CF
Justin Morneau (L) 1B
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Corey Dickerson (L) LF
Wilin Rosario (R) C
Josh Rutledge (R) SS
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Jordan Lyles (R) P
SAN DIEGO (54-62)
Will Venable (L) CF
Yangervis Solarte (S) 3B
Seth Smith (L) LF
Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
Jedd Gyorko (R) 2B
Yasmani Grandal (S) C
Rymer Liriano (R) RF
Alexi Amarista (L) SS
Jesse Hahn (R) P


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7 years ago

Is this the worst bullcrap pen in Rockies history.How many games have we lost ths year after leading through six? Remember when Tulo was day to day with minor hip/groin injury-now maybe gone all season again.We thought we got a deal on Cargo/Tulo.Well I’m no genius but we are way over paying for guys who can’t play 100 games a year in their prime!Do you think the “injury prone”knock on Anderson is justified now.Trade all three and use the gazillion… Read more »

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
7 years ago

Seven consecutive strikeouts to end the game? An earlier post was right, the Rox have removed the scraped out bottom of the barrel and are digging a hole beneath it. We wait with baited breath for the next debacle.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
7 years ago

Hey, just looked it up and its “bated breath”, not “baited breath”. We learn something new every day.

7 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

Spell check doesn’t help with things like – does it Bob?

For you bottom of the barrel-ers, as previously noted, I don’t think we’re close yet. So far, this is (mostly) just ugly on the field. But I think there’s going to be some front office/Tulo/Cargo goofiness as well. It’s not going to happen soon enough (we’re well past that), it probably won’t be decisive enough, but I think we’re headed for some drama.

7 years ago

Jeem, I think you have your math screwed up. Rockies have made the playoffs 3 times in 22 years. Actually 3 times in 21 years because in 1994 there were no playoffs. So that’s one in every 7 years which is still not very good. I return home late yesterday from being away for about 10 days. This morning’s Denver Post had a story about last night’s game from some stringer in San Diego. Are the Rockies that irrelevant that… Read more »

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