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What with all the talk around town about Swooning, the Colorado Rockies are in fact holding their own nicely, finishing week 9 of the MLB season at 5-2, winning 2 of 3 from the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres, with a make-up win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday afternoon.  After a rough start to the month of June they’ve evened things out at 6-6 and made-up 4 games on .500, currently sitting 3-back.  All sorts of intriguing stuff has been going on, including the amateur draft, which netted fireballer Riley Pint, who has allegedly signed for 4.8M, and 23 other pitchers, which leads one to believe that Rockies’ GM Jeff Bridich does indeed read the RWO, or perhaps that the RWO’s sdcarp IS in fact Jeff Bridich, to recall an old commenter-to-commenter accusation from days gone by.

The starting pitchers are causing a good deal of the current intrigue.  The Great Man, Jorge De La Rosa (2-4, 8.181), came to the rescue of struggling Chad Bettis on Thursday, a performance that earned him a spot back in the rotation, and he gets the call tonight against the regal and revered New York Yankees, they of story and legend, tonight at Coors Field in Denver at 6:40 MT. Tyler Chatwood, who stumbled in his previous Coors Field outing, was pristine twice, holding the Dodgers to one Monday in LA, then limiting San Diego to 3 over 6-2/3 Saturday at the old ballpark.  Chris Rusin and 4 relievers shut-out Los Angeles on Wednesday, and rookie Tyler Anderson got the call late in the week and excelled over 6-1/3 in the 2-1 victory over the Padres Sunday afternoon.  The week’s losses were brutal:  Trayce Thompson walked-off on newly-minted closer Carlos Estevez on Tuesday to waste a hard-fought Colorado comeback, and Friday Jake McGee gave-up a 5-3 9th inning lead with 2 outs and landed on the 15-day DL with a bad knee, resulting in the Anderson call-up.

The rookie left-hander was exquisite on Sunday, allowing a single-run on 6 hits, 6 strike-outs, and nary a walk.  The Rockies got a run in the 6th when Charlie Blackmon singled, DJ LeMahieu reached on an Alexei Ramirez error, and Nolan Arenado and Ryan Raburn were walked by former teammate Christian Friedrich.  They got the game winner the next inning on a lead-off home run by 1st-baseman Mark Reynolds, and Gonzalez Germen, Jason Motte, and Boone Logan finished things up to preserve the win.

Anderson’s stellar debut and DLR’s return to the rotation have everybody wondering which starter is the odd-man-out.  Bettis has been the bum of the month, but he’s penciled in for tomorrow’s start against New York.  Eddie Butler and Rusin have been occupying the back end of the rotation, but both have pitched credibly, recently superior to Bettis.  Someone’s needed for the long bullpen role DLR has reliquished, but the other guy is going to have to assume an unfamiliar role.

In any case, it’s the affable left-hander DLR tonight, and he goes against the Yankees’ Nathan Eovaldi (6-2, 4.42), the former Dodger and Marlin.  The Cat’s rescue mission Thursday involved 4 perfect innings.  He threw 47 pitches, 31 strikes.  Eovaldi, a righty, had a rough outing Wednesday against LAAo’A, getting knocked for 5 on 10 hits in 5 innings, but avoided a loss.

New York, as usual, is sporting a bunch of people you’ve heard of, hanging a game beneath .500 and 3 games behind Boston and Baltimore in the AL East.  Former Red Sock Jacoby Ellsbury leads-off in center-field.  Former Cub Starlin Castro is the no. 3 hitter, former Brave Brian McCann is the clean-up hitter and catcher, and he’s followed by the former Padre Chase Headley at 3rd base.  The Yankees are managed by former Rockie Joe Girardi.  Colorado manager Walt Weiss is rolling with his latest “usual.”  Blackmon’s leading-off ahead of LeMahieu, Arenado, Carlos Gonzalez and Trevor Story.

Game time temperature in LoDo will be about 78° with a 6 MPH breeze wafting-across and in from left to right.  Drew and Huey have the play-by-play on ROOT, Jerry and Jack on 850 KOA am.

NEW YORK (31-32)
Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF
Brett Gardner (L) LF
Starlin Castro (R) 2B
Brian McCann (L) C
Chase Headley (S) 3B
Rob Refsnyder (R) 1B
Didi Gregorius (L) SS
Aaron Hicks (S) RF
Nathan Eovaldi (R) P

 

COLORADO (30-33)
Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
Trevor Story (R) SS
Gerardo Parra (L) LF
Mark Reynolds (R) 1B
Nick Hundley (R) C
Jorge De La Rosa (L) P

 

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ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
4 years ago

The site rarely works for me anymore. I’m on old machines, so maybe thats my problem, but I can rarely get past the first page within a couple of minutes and I just give up. I let it do its thing so I can say I’m proud of these Rockies for continuing to fight despite Weiss still not really knowing how to manage a bullpen.

roxnsox
roxnsox
4 years ago

Sdcarp may be Bridich, but I still believe Ag is Northsider! (and it’s the opposite of an “accusation” :-))

roxnsox
roxnsox
4 years ago

Reyes designated for assignment. Wow! Sunk cost indeed! (unless I misunderstand the finer points of DFA)

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
4 years ago

Bridich trending in the direction of sdcarp’s book on how to rebuild Rockies including concept of sunk costs. Bye bye Reyes who didn’t want to play in Denver in the first place.

roxnsox
roxnsox
4 years ago

Yep, don’t let the door hit you in the ass, Jose

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago

Heck yeah…..,,so much good happening with the Rox at the moment.

I’m still cycling around CO with little signal…..but in true Ali fashion “Estevez is a bad, bad man.”

Bob K.
Bob K.
4 years ago

Riley pint has been signed and is at today;s game.

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

And well under slot. Very nice.

Bob K.
Bob K.
4 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Second round pick Bowden signed for $1.6MM. Only seven of the picks from the first 33 rounds have not been signed.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

Very nice. One of Bridich’s big successes last year was getting them all signed – and quickly. IMO – especially important with the HSers.

Bowden is important because he “could” contribute really, really quickly.

NOCOgary
NOCOgary
4 years ago

Glad to know the site problems aren’t just perplexing to we senior citizens.I’ve been shut out most of the spring.Starting to think June swoon maybe stifled at the moment.Really amazing what good starting pitching can do to keep me watching the whole game.

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4 years ago

It’s a joy to find someone who can think like that

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