Undaunted So Far

Rox Manage 14 Game Run 9-5; Giants to Visit After 2 in LA

The Colorado Rockies posted-up another winning mark in week 2 of the 2017 MLB season, taking 3 of 4 from the San Francisco Giants over the weekend at AT+T Park after a disappointing series loss to the San Diego Padres earlier in the week at Coors Field.  The injury bug continued to dog them, as it turns out right-hander Jon Gray has, or has had, depending on how much credence you give to team physician Bud Black’s assertion that “this is different,” a broken toe and is lost for a minimum of 4 weeks, which, as discussed elsewhere on the RWO, is a crock of beans.

Gray injured the toe on a landing after fielding a Baltimore chop in Thursday evening’s showdown with the Mad Bum of San Francisco.  The Rockies went-on to defeat the Giants 3-1 behind a 2-run Trevor Story homer and 6 innings of 1-run relief from Chris Rusin and the Colorado bullpen.  The bad news came the following morning, and the Rockies succumbed to Johnny Queto with very limited gusto on Friday night, but then Saturday and Sunday afternoons unleashed consecutive starting pitching masterpieces, and head to Los Angeles for 2 with the Dodgers behind a head of steam.

While Story’s shot did little to break him out of his slump (he’s got only 4 other hits and has already struck out 20 times in 2017), the rest of the Colorado offense shifted into gear, especially if you give them credit for being at AT+T and contending with the San Francisco pitching.  Charlie Blackmon went deep twice and DJ LeMahieu had 10 hits in 25 at-bats to break out of his early funk.  But among the better offense and continued stingy relief from the ‘pen, the number of superior performances delivered to-date by the starting rotation is fairly remarkable, especially when you consider it is the Colorado Rockies who are being discussed.

Antonio Senzatela was pretty slick in his opening 5 inning appearance in Milwaukee.  He was better the second time around Tuesday in the sole victory over San Diego, then pretty-much matched it yesterday to secure the series over the Giants.  He’s been cool and collected and from all appearances seems to have “what it takes.”  There were the 6 one-run innings Kyle Freeland tossed-up at the Dodgers in the home opener, and then Saturday Tyler Chatwood turned in a CG, besting San Francisco on 2 hits and a walk over the distance, striking-out 4 as the Rockies beat the Giants 5-0.

On the down side Freeland got banged-around pretty severely by the Padres in his second start on Wednesday, and Tyler Anderson was less than effective again in the Friday loss to Cueto, when he also got nicked by the officiants for two balks, which leads me to wonder whether the ultra-competitive left-hander may well have developed a reputation around the league for being what back in Georgia we used to call a “red-ass,” depriving himself perhaps of the always prized Benefit of the Doubt.  In spite of the recent extended starts from Senzatela and Chatwood, the ‘pen has continued to shoulder an alarming load, and Story’s struggles may be lending the Rockies some unwelcome wriggle room when Cristhian Adames’ dearth of options comes up for discussion as Ian Desmond, Tom Murphy and David Dahl begin their returns to health.

Freeland (1-1, 5.91) goes back out tomorrow night against the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu (0-2, 5.79) at 8:10 pm at Chavez Ravine. Anderson will slide into Gray’s slot as the no. 1 and faces-off against the great Clayton Kershaw on Wednesday.  The Rockies get yet another off day on Thursday, this one at home before hosting San Francisco back at the old ball field in LoDo on the weekend.  RMH will set you up on that before it happens Friday.

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sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

Random sdcarp musings for the off day: 1. Have been monitoring the Hoffman/Marquez/Musgrave situation. Marquez was impressive Saturday on a limited pitch count. Hoffman was unimpressive yesterday. It took him 80 pitches to muddle through 4 innings. I think I can say with some confidence Bob K and I have figured out Hoffman and Musgrave each have 3 options. Marquez has 2. Musgrave is not on the 40 man. 2. With Desmond and Murphy due back soon, and Dahl not… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

Two more non-Rockies random musings: 4. I’m intrigued by the Yankees hot start. As currently constructed, they’re still flawed. But of course the Yanks don’t play by normal rules. If they can play solid ball into June, we’ll have to consider them a serious contender because they’re always capable of pulling off a massive trade, and have the necessary uber-Prospect (the Torres kid obtained from the Cubs in the Chapman deal last season) to pull it off. 5. We all… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
3 years ago

Random musing: remember Josh Rutledge and his stratospheric start at the plate? Please tell me Story is not Rutledge 2.0….

JulieG
JulieG
3 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

I don’t think so Roxnsox he will recover offensively. Defensively he is pulling his weight and besides even with his hitting, at the moment, the option isn’t nearly as good.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

Trevor Story isn’t Josh Rutledge – how’s that?

I have zero concern regarding Story long term. The kid is a baller. Some (not I) think he may go the Dan Uggla route. I think many have forgotten he had serious hand surgery and missed the last 2 months last season, and was limited for much of the off-season. He just needs to get his reps, and perhaps a day off here and there to catch his breathe.

roxnsox
roxnsox
3 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Thanks, Julie and sdcarp. I hope (and think) you are right. I just get nervous about where the next failure of whatever type is coming from – years of conditioning!

Another very nice win in the former hellhole known as 0-fer-California.

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

Roxnsox, I gotta admit, I’m just a little concerned about that. I don’t think Story will crater like Rutledge did (and in addition his SS defense is better; Rutledge had a second baseman’s arm), but … that K rate is worrying, and I haven’t ruled out the idea that he could become a .210 hitter who strikes out 200 times while hitting 20 HRs and providing steady defense. And actually if he can walk a bit that’s not a terrible… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
3 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Yeah, my concern is about his hitting, not defense, which as all three of you point out is good

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

Valaika activated, Tapia optioned as well.

I think this move gives the Rox the opportunity to give Story a couple of days to catch his breathe while still keeping some much needed thunder in the lineup.

Bob K.
Bob K.
3 years ago

Interesting tidbit after Arenado homered in the 1st inning tonight. When Arenado bats in the first inning so far this year, he has 6 hits in 7 at bats.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

I guess Trevor heard you and deposited the ball a few rows up.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

Here comes Gopherg yup tie the game up. That will be 3 free runs the Dodgers got tonight off walks and hit by pitch.

Bob K.
Bob K.
3 years ago

Boy were you wrong!!

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

BB says that’s what I’m talking about. Signals for LHP against A-Gon. Gotta love BB.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

If we win tonight BB and Garneau get the game balls. Garneau managed the BP pitchers to perfection keeping pitches mixed to keep dangerous hitters off balance.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

Agree RMH. Interestingly, Garneau may become one of our most sought after commodities at the trade deadline if he’s trapped in AAA. If you look across MLB at the moment, it’s a catching wasteland out there!

Bob K.
Bob K.
3 years ago

Rockies are now 6 – 0 in one run games.

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

And another thing on Story: Saunders’ mailbag in the DP the other day fielded a question about maybe giving Story a AAA breather when Desmond comes back. Depending on how Story’s doing by then, it’s a pretty decent idea. The same thing didn’t do Dexter Fowler any harm in his sophomore season …

Bob K.
Bob K.
3 years ago

When Freeland hit Logan Forsythe’s foot last night he broke Forsythe’s toe.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/04/logan-forsythe-diagnosed-with-fractured-toe.html

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

And Justin Turner don’t have a fractured hand?

Bob K.
Bob K.
3 years ago

I haven’t heard one way or the other. He is not in the line up tonight but is said to be available so maybe not.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

Ironically, I’m California for tonight’s game (Carmel, not LA). Go Rockies!!!!

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

Q. Last time Cargo was at least an average hitter vs. LHP? A. 2013. At this stage of his career, Cargo is (should be) a platoon player. And right there you saw the difference between a guy who’s adjusted to age (Reynolds, exhibiting classic Bill James “old player skills” – improved plate discipline, etc) vs. a guy who’s made no concessions to declining skills (Cargo). Maybe with this weird, pre-Desmond roster, Cargo needs to play every day (who’d you rather… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

More on Cargo, because he’s really starting to annoy me: I saw the Rox play the Indians in late spring. Carlos Santana up for the Indians, runner on third. Rox had the extreme shift on – Arenado playing in the 6 position, 3 guys positioned between 1B and 2B. Santana shortens up and slaps it through the vacant right side. Run scored. Yesterday: Grandal does the same thing against the Rox shift. Cargo, pay attention. Good hitters make adjustments and… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

Why is CarGo still batting cleanup against southpaw? He continues to swing at pitches way out of the zone. He’s 4th OF at best. Even i’d rather have Patterson over him. You will never see the CarGo of the old again.

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

Yeah, RMH, I’m starting to think the same thing. Cargo just looks well past his prime now. And if Cargo is DL’d now Patterson will get his chance.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

I know its bad of me to say that CarGo can now sit for treo month’s and observe. Now the lineup will be much better without the Rally Killer.

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

RMH, you’re right. Back in his prime years, losing Cargo for even 6 weeks would have been properly considered a big blow to the team’s chances. Now? Well, replacing Cargo with a Jordan Patterson is probably the difference of about 1 win over the course of 162 games. In other words, losing him for 6 weeks just wouldn’t be that big a deal. Sad but true.

roxnsox
roxnsox
3 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I’m thinking along the same lines as you guys. He’s nothing special anymore. And I am SO OVER the wild flailing swings. I used to wonder if he would ever get some discipline in that regard. The answer is on display.

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

Rockies bench = Horrid (with Desmond, Dahl, Murphy all out).

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

Regarding Cargo;

Aging sucks, but is inevitable. We probably have 2-3 more years of Arenado ascendency, then the same thing will happen to him. Moral to the story – remember this.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

I will disagree a little there; if you have a short compact swing you will last a lot longer than those with long sweet swings. See Utley, David Ortiz, Jeter, etc that played pretty good past their primes. I see CarGo going the same route of Brad Hawpe & Garret Atkins. So I think Arenado can play up to about 35 years old, not as good as his prime years but way better than most at 35 years.

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