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BUCS VISIT FOR 4 AHEAD OF 10-GAME WEST COAST ROADIE

The Colorado Rockies dropped 2 0f 3 to the Cincinnati Reds in Ohio, then returned to Coors Field to drop 2 of 3 to the Los Angeles Dodgers, including yesterday’s 12-10 debacle, and finished the week of April 18 at 2-4, their overall record falling to 9-9. They host Pittsburgh tonight in Lower Downtown for the first of 4 with the Pirates, starting at 6:40, then head to Arizona Friday for a 10-game trip through Phoenix, San Diego, and San Francisco.

The starting pitchers have alternatively provided reason for optimism and fuel for despair.  Jordan Lyles was dazzling on Monday in a “where did that come from” 1-run/4 hit/7-inning appearance, then came back yesterday looking just as lost as he had in his other previous outings.  Lyles doesn’t look ready for prime time, and as Agbayani has noted, has a remaining option. Look for a stint for the right-hander in Albuquerque once the Rockies work their way through their current Lyles-inspired personnel crisis.  Chris Rusin appears to be 100% and is certainly an upgrade over the current version of Lyles, who needs some time out of the spotlight to figure how to channel Monday’s performance on a consistent basis.

Jorge De La Rosa had another blowout on Tuesday, and now is battling the flu, providing no added value.  Ed the Ump has no comment.  Chad Bettis and Tyler Chatwood have had their moments, mostly good, and Jon Gray showed-up nicely on Friday, despite being touched for 5 runs over 5 frames.  The ‘pen was readjusted upon Gray’s return.  David Hale ran out of time and talent and was DFA’d.  Miguel Castro, who had seemingly nailed-down the 8th inning slot, was derailed by shoulder soreness and hit the DL.  Jason Gurka got a ticket back to New Mexico and Gonzalez Germen and Carlos Estevez were recalled to Denver, as was Dustin Garneau, who covered for concussion-struck Nick Hundley.  Hundley got 12 innings in with the Isotopes over the weekend and rejoins the Rockies tonight.

Bettis (2-0, 3.33) gets the call against Pittsburgh, moved-ahead of the ailing DLR but still going on normal rest.  The righty went 6 in Wednesday’s loss to the Reds, lasting 6 and surrendering 3 runs on 3 hits, 2 of which were 2nd-inning homers accounting for the runs.  Bettis will face left-hander Jeff Locke (0-2, 7.24) of the Pirates, who’s had a rough time of it so far in 2016.  Locke lasted only 3 innings in his third start, also Wednesday, and got blasted for 8 runs on 11 hits and 4 walks.  Locke took the loss as the Pirates fell to the Padres.

Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle has 1st-baseman John Jaso in the leadoff slot tonight.  3rd-basemen David Freese hits third ahead of cleanup man Starling Marte and catcher Francisco Cervelli.  Colorado continues its search for a leadoff hitter to cover for Charlie Blackmon, with Gerardo Parra getting a try tonight.  Ryan Raburn gets the start in left, hitting 5th, and Hundley is behind the plate, hitting 7th.

It’s clouding up and windy in Denver tonight, blowing lustfully straight out at 20 MPH and worse.  The temperature will fall into the 50s and rain is expected to start around 8 pm.  Drew and presumably Spilly have the call on ROOT.  It’s Jerry and Jack over on KOA.

PITTSBURGH (10-9)
John Jaso (L) 1B
Matt Joyce (L) LF
David Freese (R) 3B
Starling Marte (R) CF
Francisco Cervelli (R) C
Gregory Polanco (L) RF
Josh Harrison (R) 2B
Jordy Mercer (R) SS
Jeff Locke (L) P
COLORADO (9-9)
Gerardo Parra (L) CF
Trevor Story (R) SS
Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Ryan Raburn (R) LF
Mark Reynolds (R) 1B
Nick Hundley (R) C
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Chad Bettis (R) P
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rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
4 years ago

Gopherg!

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
4 years ago

I don’t get it – asked Gopherg to come in instead of Estevez??????

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Didn’t take long for Gopherg to deliver!

roxnsox
roxnsox
4 years ago

Ladies and gents! Your 2016 Colorado Rockies! Lyles out (whew), Gopherg in, with a bang!

RocketMan
RocketMan
4 years ago

Well, the revamped site sure doesn’t like my ipad. Couldn’t even get in at all on Sunday, lucked out today I guess. So I’m not seeing anything to get excited about any longer. After three weeks, I’m not seeing any improvement at any position relative to last season. The Story story seems to have reverted to the mean, and the pitching is just as we all expected. Everybody else is the same everybody they were last season. I do like… Read more »

Williamjusy
Williamjusy
4 years ago

Say, you got a nice forum.Thanks Again. Really Great. Nida

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