WINNING SERIES

ROX 7 OF 10 FOR 2017;
WORLD CHAMPS, DODGERS VISIT LODO

After each wrenching loss, the Hall of Fame manager Bobby Cox used to counsel his troops to “shake it off– just win the series.”  The Colorado Rockies added two more series to their 2017 tally last week, taking 2 of 3 from the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field on the heels of 2 out of 3 over the San Diego Padres earlier in the week in south California.  The Rockies have won all but 3 series so far in the still fresh campaign, and split that little 2-step in Los Angeles with the Dodgers on April 18-19, running their record out to 20-12 for 1st place in the National League West, 2-1/2 games out ahead of LA and the Dbacks.

Week 5 of the 2017 season ended on a particularly optimistic note, with right-hander Tyler Chatwood turning-in a 7 inning
1-run/2-hit victory over Arizona a day after Tyler Anderson shut-out the Diamondbacks over 6 in Saturday’s 9-1 triumph.  Big performances by the “veterans” in the Colorado rotation have been few and far between so far in 2017, so a little more help for the three overachieving rookies who’ve been leading the way will be a welcome development.  The 9-run romp Colorado pasted on Arizona Saturday in Lodo came 3 days after they ran-out to an 11-3 win over the Padres Wednesday in the land of the dreaded Marine Layer, so it looks like the offense is finally rounding into shape as well, although Carlos Gonzalez and Trevor Story continue to struggle and pose as rally crushers.

Chatwood succumbed to a 5-run San Diego 6th in the loss on Tuesday, and after taking German Marquez deep with a solo shot in the 1st inning Friday, Dbacks all-star Paul Goldschmidt followed-up with a reminder in the form of a 3-run blast 2 innings later. Marquez got the message, electing to walk the slugger in the 5th, but the Rockies were unable to overcome Goldschmidt’s brilliance in that one.  Antonio Senzatela got a win Wednesday with 3 runs on 6 hits over 6 innings on Wednesday evening, and Kyle Freeland dropped a 6-1/3 inning 1-run/3-hit outing on the Padres in the Thursday afternoon win, which featured a couple of those serendipitous incidents that make one wonder if magic is in the wind.  Ryan Hanigan, the journeyman catcher general manager Jeff Bridich snatched-off the waiver wire at the end of spring training, was on catching Freeland with Tony Wolters on the 7-day concussion protocol DL.  Hanigan delivered a 7th inning solo shot to extend a slim Colorado margin that was soon to vanish, then in the 11th managed the game winner with a 2-out bases-load ground single that San Diego shortstop Erick Aybar was unable to convert.

Mark Reynolds continues to lead the Rockies’ offense– he had another homer, his 11th, to kickoff Colorado’s game winning 3-run 6th yesterday.  Charlie Blackmon, @ChuckNasty, is getting into the long ball action as well, hitting his 8th with a solo shot yesterday in the 7th.  Reynolds leads the team in RBI with 27, Blackmon has 26, and Nolan Arenado lurks a couple of points away with 22.  DJ LeMahieu continues to come on after his slow start– Le Mahieu had 8 hits on 25 at-bats for the week and his average is now up to .275, and Gerardo Parra has extended his redemption drive, raking at .289 with 13 ribbies of his own.

The World Champion Chicago Cubs are on down at the old ball yard tonight, chomping-at-the-bit to get the match in after losing to the Yankees in 18 innings Sunday night and arriving at DIA around 5 am.  Unhappily the weather is problemmatic.  Nightfall and an unsightly blast of hail and rain descended on Capitol Hill about 45 minutes ago, mid-afternoon, and rain continues to fall as the radar on WeatherBug looks decidedly uninviting.  Should they somehow get it in it’ll be Senzatela (4-1, 2.84) going for the Rox against the 2015 Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta (4-1, 4.63) of Chicago.  The scheduled start time is 6:40 MT.  Colorado manager Bud Black, undaunted, has Gonzalez and Story in their usual batting slots, and Hanigan will do the catching, that is if there’s anything to catch.

The Rockies and Cubs will be trying to get 3 in tonight through Wednesday.  Freeland is supposed to take on John Lackey tomorrow and Marquez is slated to face Kyle Hendricks Wednesday afternoon.  The Dodgers are on for 4 over the weekend, including a family photo day on Sunday afternoon.

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rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

Shane Carle has replaced Jeff Hoffman as tonight’s starter. That is a strong indicator that Hoffman will be called as the extra man on doubleheader days. He’ll start ine game of the doubleheader.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

Why wouldn’t Senzatela and Freeland pitch the Double Header tomorrow (they’ll be lucky to get one of those games in….should start earlier)?

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Because you can have a 26- man roster only on doubleheader days. That’s why they can “borrow” Hoffmann for one day without a corresponding move.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

But they’ll burn a Hoffman option (assuming he’s sent back down). Or…..do they have to activate him if he’s not needed? If that’s the case, it makes sense.

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

The announcers said that the scheduled pitchers for tomorrow are Senzatela and Freeland. The rules on options can be confusing and I suspect that if Hoffman is called up tomorrow that it falls under the rules which do not cause the option to be used up. If they send him down the next day and then call him back up in less than 10 days, I believe that will cause the option to be burned. I fully expect Hoffman to… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

Thanks Bob….for the Option clarification. I’ve always struggled with keeping up with player Options. Forecast looks bad. In fact, Wednesday looks quite bad with flooding potential.

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

It can be hard to follow the options. Eddie Butler as a Rockies player was out of options but once he was traded to the Cubs, he got an option year back. I don’t know how they managed it but Quintanilla had one option left for around 3 years in a row and was getting called up in each of those years but somehow managed to get to keep that one option. They explained why at the time but I… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

I do know one thing for sure – if you were called up as part of the September roster expansion it does not count as used option.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

Jeff Hoffman called up as 26th man for today as i expected. But will work out of bullpen if needed. So with Senzatela and Freeland pitching today, who pitches on Saturday? That’s assuming Senzatela is not going on 3 days rest.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

Good point RMH. I doubt they’ll use one of the Rookies on short rest. They’ll likely be on some sort of loose season-long innings limit anyway.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

Question to the group. Best off-season Free Agent signing in all of baseball?

Mark Reynolds?
Greg Holland?
Eric Thames?
Aroldis Chapman?

Who am I leaving out? When you look at performance per dollar spent – it’s hard to beat Reynolds and Thames.

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

That the Rockies got two of the best free agent signings is impressive.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Impossible to best Holland. With all the incentives included, he still came cheap compared to the big 3 closers.

Bob K.
Bob K.
3 years ago

Rockies lucked out in the Melancon sweepstakes. Giants just placed him on the 10 day DL.

roxnsox
roxnsox
3 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

Since I’m a homer, and I don’t closely follow other teams’ player performances, Reynolds and Holland are tied for first, way ahead of any others! Simply amazing, those two so far. Remember back when the Rockies did not immediately re-sign Reynolds? Haha. Life is funny sometimes.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

Do the Rockies have three rookie pitchers of the year candidates? If so, that beats the two bargain free agent signs. BB has already clinched manager of the year award.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

Again a walk followed by XBH. Crap.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

18 innings of baseball yesterday. Rox win one. Cubs win one. Total score Cubs 12 – Rox 11.

Kyle Freeland really, really impressed me yesterday. The kid is a real competitor.

This group knows I’m a broken record – “keep Hoffman up, use him out of the bullpen.”

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

One more fun item – the Giants (11-23) currently have the worst record in baseball. The Braves are at 11-19.

roxnsox
roxnsox
3 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

I totally agree about Freeland. He has something(s) really good.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

Wow. Rockies still on target for 6-4 home stand against best 3 teams.

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago

Wow – very, very impressive. Marquez finally (well….it’s not like it’s really been that long, does he have a half-dozen major league starts?) puts it all together. Holland continues to dominate, as does Reynolds. The Reynolds phenomenon is bigger than it appears on the surface. Yes – we’re getting the best offensive performance of his long major league career for pennies (by major league standards). The big enough, right? BUT….we’re also getting the added benefit of be able to play… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
3 years ago

Rox rookie starters so far: 108 IP of 3.33 ERA ball. That is … astonishing. I’ll take a deeper look in the next couple days, you know, all the component stat stuff, who’s had unusually good situational luck, etc., etc. But let’s just revel in that basic fact – they’ve been fantastic! Best of all, checking BP this morning (before today’s win): Rox now have a > 50% chance of making the playoffs. The hot start plus some on-paper competitors… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
3 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Regarding playoffs, Mets are also a dumpster fire.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

This article from MLB.com tells jus Rockies pitchers are legit. Third best in avoiding hard hit balls.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20170510&content_id=229484456&vkey=news_col&c_id=col

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
3 years ago

Rookie #4 in the rotation. Good grief. Tyler Anderson scratched tonight and probably will pitch Saturday. Jeff Hoffman starts tonight.

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