Wand’rin’ Eye an’ a SMOKIN’ Gun

Rookie Jonathan Gray gets his first taste of Major League Baseball in New York City tonight as the Colorado Rockies take on the New York Mets in the opener of a 4-game series at Citi Field in the borough of Queens.  The Mets are currently riding a 1-1/2 game lead in the National League East over the Washington Nationals, and failed to take advantage as Colorado took 2 of 3 from the Nats, dropping 2 of 3 to the Rays in Tampa Bay over the weekend.  The Rockies had a reasonable enough week, breaking even after losing Monday and Tuesday versus the Seattle Mariners.  They blew into Washington, DC with Jordan Zimmerman, Steven Strasbourg, and Max Scherzer on the menu and came out on the plus side, gutting-out wins on Friday and Sunday, but getting schooled pretty severely by Strasbourg in-between.

Colorado appears to be a refreshingly looser bunch with the turmoil caused by the trading deadline behind it, and also perhaps as a result of it, but I won’t pursue that line of thinking further because roxnsox might get angry with me.  In any case, with phantasmagorical notions of “playoff runs” exposed as being just that, the team can approach encounters such as these with the Nats and Mets with “nothing to lose,” and try to gather some kind of concept regarding what the future will hold.  Carlos Gonzalez continues to be “hot and healthy,” in accordance with the prescription ordered by Dr. sd carp, and one can only imagine the relief that flowed through the clubhouse when word came down that the MRI on Kyle Kendrick’s shoulder came back negative.  Chad Bettis is also feeling better, heading off to New Britain for a simulated game tomorrow ahead of a potential rehab start in Albuquerque on the weekend.

Following the 4 in New York the Rockies return to Coors Field on Friday to start a 9-game homestand with 3 against our old buddies from San Diego, then the Nats and Mets will visit Denver to see what kind of trouble they can cause each other in the Mile High City.

Gray (0-0, 4.50) made his first appearance as a major leaguer last Tuesday to mixed reviews, giving-up 2 earned runs in 4 innings on 5 hits, but he also disclosed to ROOT Sports’ Marc Stout he would be using Steve Earle’s “I Feel Alright” as his walk-up music, casting serious doubt on the commonly held notion that everybody under the age of 50 is a slobbering moron.  Gray will be opposed by Soft-Tossing Lefty Jonathan Niese (6-9, 3.51), meaning he may have to throw a shutout if Colorado hopes to get by, but perhaps this looser bunch of Rockies hitters can break-training.  Niese went 7 Tuesday and beat the Marlins.  He surrendered only a run on 4 hits.

Former Met Jose Reyes moves into the lead-off slot in manager Walt Weiss’ lineup for the 5:10 pm MDT start as Charlie Blackmon gets a night-off against the left-hander.  DJ LeMahieu slides back into his accustomed No. 2 slot, and does it seem like to anyone else that Reyes’ sole contribution since coming-over has been to foul-up the batting order?  Dude looks like a 7 hitter to me, but I’m just one of those lousy fans.  Kyle Parker gets the start at 1st and will hit 5th.  Curtis Granderson leads things-off for New York, followed by newcomers Daniel Murphy and Yoenis Cespedes ahead of cleanup man Lucas Duda.

It’s a cloudy one in the Big Apple with mild temperatures in the 70°s, 65% relative humidity, and wind blowing out toward right-center at a brisk 10 MPH.  Drew Goodman and Jeff Huson have the television on ROOT with Jerry and Jack handling the radio over on 850 am KOA.

I feel alright.  I feel alright tonight.

COLORADO (47-62)
Jose Reyes (S) SS
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Kyle Parker (R) 1B
Nick Hundley (R) C
Drew Stubbs (R) CF
Brandon Barnes (R) LF
Jon Gray (R) P
NEW YORK (59-52)
Curtis Granderson (L) RF
Daniel Murphy (L) 3B
Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
Lucas Duda (L) 1B
Kelly Johnson (L) 2B
Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
Michael Conforto (L) LF
Jon Niese (L) P
Ruben Tejada (R) SS

 

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rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

I can see from a thousand miles away that Rockies will get shut out on CG by Niese in less than 100 pitches. Here’s throwing hit me strikes and hitters don’t know how to hit wiffle balls.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

Cargo can turn around a 200MPH golf ball for 450ft at the moment.

Cha-Ching Cha Ching Cha Ching

That’s the sound of the Prospect cash register in the Cargo offseason trade sweepstakes.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

I have to say……as the RWO resident GM wannabe…….I failed miserably, I mean miserably………in not seeing that holding Cargo for a this coming offseason trade was the correct strategy. I not saying that because he’s red-freakin hot. I saying that because I failed to look at the 2016 FA OF class. It’s really sort of pathetic. Justin Upton and Jason Heyward will want to break the bank. Cespedes will command big $$$$$$. Cargo is better than everyone – and can… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

If you block out the follow-thru and look at everything else in the pitching motion and the resulting velocity – doesn’t Gray look a lot John Smoltz?

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

I like the fact that Gray gets pissed off at himself. He need a few more pitchers with some fire.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Oooooohhhhhhh – I just saw swagger also.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

BTW – I nominate this as best line of the year (so far) by a RWO writer:

” he also disclosed to ROOT Sports’ Marc Stout he would be using Steve Earle’s “I Feel Alright” as his walk-up music, casting serious doubt on the commonly held notion that everybody under the age of 50 is a slobbering moron.”

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

Gray was outstanding. Hopefully that’s the Real Jon Gray. Lifting him for Miller emphatically emphasizes the differences in talent between the two.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  RocketMan

We need 4-5 more Gray-like pitching specimens, don’t we?

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

“Blown” Logan strikes again. Why is throwing strikes so difficult for these clowns? Utterly pathetic effort by the BlowPen.

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  RocketMan

He has to be a throw in in any winter trade.I think Flande and Rusin would be very good lefties out of bullpen and spot/injury replacement rotation guys.Honestly that’s Millers first real hiccup.He has been very good-1.39 ERA.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Gary

Gary – it’s sort of funny (and timely) that you bring this up. As Cargo’s stock continues to rise – and as I’m belatedly coming to grips with how weak and/or overpriced this year’s free agent OFer class will be – I have no doubt that he can get rid of all of Cargo’s contract while still getting excellent Prospect return. If Cargo keeps smokin – it not unrealistic to attach Logan or similar to Cargo in a trade. The… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

Well, thanks to work I miss all of Gray’s start, tune in just in time to see the Miller-Logan Horror Show. But it certainly seems like this is the guy we hoped to see … …I’ve finally given up on Boone. Before the season I said he’d be fine. Injuries last year derailed a nice start of the season, he’s not exactly an elite reliever, but I saw no reason he wouldn’t revert to his steady/unspectacular/useful Yankees form. But this… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag – Gray was good. Had a swagger. Embraced New York. Polar opposite of JDLR.

EdtheUmp
EdtheUmp
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

That’s “Big P” to you sd!!

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago

From Economics.com – definition of “Sunk Cost.” “Sunk costs are unrecoverable past expenditures. These should not normally be taken into account when determining whether to continue a project or abandon it, because they cannot be recovered either way. It is a common instinct to count them, however.” I’m constantly amazed by the number of major league sports franchises (especially in the NFL) that struggle with this concept. Boone Logan is a sunk cost. The contract is signed. The money is… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Hah! You have a point, carp. I think more than the sunk cost fallacy is the notion — probably correct in this case! — that Boone will suddenly go on half season good streak as soon as we give up on him. That’s relievers for you … but while my brain tells me that, my gut says enough. Gone with you and you HBP-in-the-winning-run act …

Bill
Bill
5 years ago

I’m out of town on business and was having dinner at a bar where the game on the TV was Royals-Tigers. The crawl said the Rockies were winning 2-1. When I got to my room I received a text from my son-in-law who is a Mets fan who said thank goodness Rockies put Gray on a pitch count. I get he is a rookie and it’s only his 2nd big league game. But if we keep our starters on 75… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Bill, good catch – game wrap for the DP is by a guy named Danny Knobler. A little googling reveals this: “Danny Knobler covers Major League Baseball as a national columnist for Bleacher Report.” So now the “major” print media is using online writers. And people wonder why the newspapers are in decline. I’ll take our RMH/Donny D./Dr. C./Jeem game wraps over that any day. As I’ve said before, not only do they give us better analysis, the writing is… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Rockies are trying to avoid the Verducci Effect. That means don’t bump up innings pitched by more than 20-25% the next season. Unless you want to take that meager 10% chance that he won’t have injury issues. He’s only two years removed from college where he only had to pitch once a week for 3 months.

Agbayani
Agbayani
5 years ago

RMH, given the history of this site, I feel I should mention that Tracy Ringolsby seemed to hate the references to the Verducci Effect. He’d point out that gradually stepping up innings of young pitchers to avoid injury had been a practice long before Verducci stuck his name on it …

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Opzioni Binarie
5 years ago

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