Treading Water

The Colorado Rockies turned in a 3-3 marker for the 11th week of the 2015 MLB season.  They took 2 of 3 from the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field before losing 2 of 3 to the San Francisco Giants in the City by the Bay.  The slumbering offense finally showed some signs of thunder, as Charlie Blackmon and Carlos Gonzalez decided to add themselves to the mix.  Troy Tulowitzki started to get some hits that counted, undoubtedly related to the resurgence of Blackmon and Cargo, DJ LeMahieu and Nick Hundley continued their strong work, and Nolan Arenado was other-worldly, promising signs for a team that sometimes looks close to being “not too bad.”  On the down-side, the bullpen suffered a couple of hiccups, and without them Colorado would have finished the week with only a single loss, that to the Mad Bum.  Even a tough customer like Prog Matineé would give John Axford a mulligan for the BS on Wednesday, what with the dinks and dunks that precipitated that tragedy, but Rafael Betancourt’s lost 7th in his return from the DL Saturday brought greater cause for concern.  On the other hand, Bonne Logan got a couple guys out , and if that doesn’t scream CONTENDER, I don’t know what does.

Frivolity aside, the Rockies face a big week on the road, starting tonight on the north side of the San Francisco Bay with 3 in Oakland, and continuing Thursday in Phoenix for 4 against the Diamondbacks. Both opponents are currently operating around the same level of competence as the Rox, and if Colorado can continue to score at the pace it has recently, the opportunity is ripe for the Rockies to propel themselves toward the .500 milestone as the season’s halfway point arrives Saturday, with a freak chance to make it there as they finish at home rolling into the July 13-16 All Star Break.

Tonight’s matchup with the A’s kicks-off at 8:05 MDT, with David Hale (2-2, 5.86) going for Colorado against Oakland’s Kendall Graveman (4-4, 3.86), in a battle of right-handers.  Hale has pitched decently for the Rockies since his arrival in late May, but he’s been running into trouble as the opposition lineup turns-over the 3rd time.  Hale only made it 4-2/3 in the Wednesday loss to the Dbacks, surrendering 5 runs on 8 hits.  Graveman was also out Wednesday, going 7 against the Rangers.  He got the win, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits.

Colorado manager Walt Weiss is going with a full-strength lineup for the opener.  Arenado will be the cleanup hitter with Cargo 5th, and the designated hitter will be Wilin Rosario, hitting 6th.  The A’s Bob Melvin, like most AL managers, has a lot of players I’ve never heard of, and one of them, Billy Burns, leads off in center-field.  Stephen Vogt catches and hits 2nd, and the double-play combination of Eric Sogard and Marcus Semien hit 8th and 9th.

Weather at the Colisseum looks to be pleasant enough, temperatures in the low 70°s, 60% humidity, and a brisk wind blowing straight out at 10-12 MPH.  There’s broadcast coverage:  TV on ROOT and radio on 850 am, KOA.

COLORADO (33-42)
Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
Wilin Rosario (R) DH
Ben Paulsen (L) 1B
Nick Hundley (R) C
Brandon Barnes (R) LF
OAKLAND (34-44)
Billy Burns (S) CF
Stephen Vogt (L) C
Ben Zobrist (S) LF
Josh Reddick (L) RF
Billy Butler (R) DH
Ike Davis (L) 1B
Brett Lawrie (R) 3B
Eric Sogard (L) 2B
Marcus Semien (R) SS


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5 years ago

My favorite vs. my favorite AL team (I’m having a rough year!). Looking forward to this series.

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