EBB SUPPLANTS FLOW

EBB SUPPLANTS FLOW

LOSS OF REYNOLDS, DEMISE OF ‘PEN DOOM ROX

If I soar above the clouds and then
I come crashin’ back to earth again
You will catch me when I fall (Steve Earle, “When I Fall,”
Transcendental Blues, 2000)

The Colorado Rockies spent the first half of their 2016 MLB season thrashing around, a starting pitcher or so short of a complete rotation.  Early in July the group started to come together, and Colorado came out of the All Star break in a furious romp, ripping off wins in 14 of 17, and getting even at 52-52 on July 30 in New York City.  But that evening on Flushing Meadow in the borough of Queens Trevor Story jammed his left thumb into the side of 2nd base, rupturing its UCL tendon and bringing an end to the sensational rookie season the shortstop had been putting together.

4 days later in Denver, Carlos Gonzalez rolled his ankle on the follow-through of a hard swing and miss, earning a spot on the “day-to-day” list.  The next night Story’s backup, Daniel Descalso, was making a spot start in the short outfield and slammed his head into the wall tracking down a fly-ball off the bat of LA’s Corey Seager.  Descalso retired in favor of another infielder, Rafael Ynoa, who was last seen dropping a pop fly along the left-field foul line on his way back to New Mexico.

The next night the Rockies took a 3-1 lead over the Florida Marlins into the top of the 9th, but closer Carlos Estevez had an uncharacteristic melt-down and Colorado went down 5-3.  The Rockies split the next 2 with the Marlins, and on Monday night handed another 3-1 lead, this one on the American League West leading Texas Rangers, over to Estevez, who blew it again, wrecking a beautiful 7 inning performance by Tyler Anderson.  Colorado went down 4-3.

Tuesday afternoon, in blistering heat at the old ball park, Tyler Chatwood gutted-out another sparking start, going 6-2/3 and handing a 5-2 lead over to Scott Oberg, who pissed it away in the 8th.  By Wednesday the Rockies were down in Arlington, Texas, and Jorge De La Rosa, Gonzalez Germen and Estevez had Colorado into the 8th with a 4-3 advantage, but neither Boone Logan, Jordan Lyles, nor Adam Ottavino could hold back the Rangers.  The Rockies fell 5-4.

Colorado salvaged one of the four against Texas Thursday, but suffered another deadly blow, with 1st-baseman Mark Reynolds hit by a pitch and likely lost for the balance with a broken hamate bone.  What goes around comes around.  Colorado nevertheless headed north and east to Philadelphia, where they had big Jon Gray ready to set things right Friday night, but Gray was a mess, gone after 7 runs in 4-1/3 on the way to a 10-6 Philadelphia victory.  Anderson was back Saturday, for a while.  He got behind 3-0 on a 1st inning blast by Maikel Franco.  When Franco led-off the 4th, Anderson went down and in to move him off the plate, earning a mysterious ejection by home plate umpire Eric Cooper.  The Rockies got down 4-0 and brought it back to 4-3 before a 2-run 7th inning malfunction by Estevez pushed the Phillies back out of reach.

Yesterday was a pig fest.  Chatwood was ineffective on another oppressively hot afternoon, gone after 4 runs in 4+ innings on a day Colorado committed 4 errors, 2 by the once other-worldly Nolan Arenado, who now has 7 since the All Star break.  The Phillies scored on an error, a walk and a single in the 2nd, a single, another error and a fielder’s choice in the 3rd, and Jimmy Paredes deposited Chatwood’s 7th pitch leading off the 4th into the center-field seats.

The Rockies came back to tie with runs in the 3rd, 4th and 5th.  Charlie Blackmon, who had a monster week, doubled with one out in the 3rd and scored when DJ LeMahieu followed with a double of his own.  Singles by David Dahl, Nick Hundley and Cristhian Adames got them another in the 4th, and in the 5th Blackmon led-off with a solo shot to right.

But Philadelphia roared back.  Chatwood walked Cameron Rupp leading-off the 5th, then surrendered singles to Odubel Herrera and Freddy Galvis for one run.  Paredes doubled-in Herrera for another.  Lyles came on and struck-out pinch-hitter Taylor Featherston, but Cesar Hernandez followed with a single to plate Galvis for a 6-3 Phillies’ advantage.  After a single by Ryan Howard and a double by Herrera Philadelphia ran the score to 7-3, another Blackmon homer in the 7th and 2 top of the 9th Rockies runs weren’t enough as Colorado lost 7-6 to finish week 18 of the 2016 season at 1-6.

Relief for their troubles comes tonight at home, with the NL East leading Washington Nationals visiting for three with Max Scherzer (12-7, 2.80) stepping out tonight for the opener at 6:40 MT at Coors Field.  The NL Central and MLB leading Chicago Cubs are in town for the weekend, and everybody’s looking forward to tearing-up LoDo with the long suffering, slobbering exiles from the Windy City.  De La Rosa (7-7, 5.25) gets the pleasure tonight against Scherzer, who lost Tuesday to Cleveland, despite allowing only 2 runs on 3 hits and striking-out 10.  DLR evaded the decision on Wednesday.  He went 5, surrendering 3 runs on 7 hits.

The Nationals’ Dusty Baker has his 2nd-baseman, Trey Turner, leading-off ahead of veteran outfielder Jayson Werth and MVP candidate Daniel Murphy, who’s at 1st.  Walt Weiss has the blazing Blackmon back at the top of the Colorado order.  Gonzalez will hit 3rd in right-field, Descalso is the shortstop hitting 6th, and Ben Paulsen will be at 1st in the 8-hole.

The storms currently buffeting the downtown area are due to pass-on by game time, when it’s expected to be around 80° and sunny, with wind blowing in from right-center at about 7 MPH.  The usual media has the coverage.  TV’s on ROOT, radio’s in English on KOA, and KRNV has the Spanish broadcast on 1150 am.

WASHINGTON (69-47)
Trea Turner (R) 2B
Jayson Werth (R) LF
Daniel Murphy (L) 1B
Bryce Harper (L) RF
Anthony Rendon (R) 3B
Wilson Ramos (R) C
Danny Espinosa (S) SS
Ben Revere (L) CF
Max Scherzer (R) P

COLORADO (56-62)
Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
David Dahl (L) LF
Daniel Descalso (L) SS
Nick Hundley (R) C
Ben Paulsen (L) 1B
Jorge De La Rosa (L) P

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Bill

Another depressing game for the Rockies. Goodman, Spilly and the other PR people for the Rockies are thrilled that Blackmon won Player of the Week honors even though the team itself has lost 10 of 12 or something like that. Interesting article by Woody Paige on Denver7.com (or whatever it’s called). He’s calling for an ex-pitcher to be the next manager wanting either Bud Black or Dave Righetti mentioning that the Rockies have never had a pitcher or catcher as… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp

4-10 since the loss of Trevor Story. Even with Story, we needed more offense. Without him……lots of Ebb as Jeem says.

roxnsox
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roxnsox

I went to the game. 1) With some early action, they chased Scherzer early. That’s got to count for something. 2) Charlie hit another big fly. 3) There were several AMAZING catches by the defense. That’s about it for the good times. With “only” a 1-run loss, did they play up to the opponent’s level?

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

We have a very serious problem with the front office and an article in PR is completely accurate unless there’s something we don’t know. http://www.purplerow.com/2016/8/15/12471502/colorado-rockies-roster-jordan-patterson-tom-murphy-commitment I just cannot stand Hundley/Paulsen playing everyday. That’s two automatic outs everyday. If they want to stay in contention for the post season, they can’t make another mistake like Ynoa up for Story instead of Patterson. (Ynoa ended up playing OF a couple of games) Paulsen instead of Patterson to replace Reynolds. All that time… Read more »

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EdtheUmp

RMH…nice rant. Hopefully Marc Stout or someone in the media hints to JB to read it. Another lost season due to inconsistant pitch location and selection. MLB baseball teams have finally learned that capable front-end BP arms are just as important as the closer. Too bad the Rockies haven’t embraced that philosophy. Our hitters are, for the most part, raking. Our defense is above average. Our starting rotation is serviceable…but, once again, our bullpen arms are not holding up their… Read more »

Bill
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Bill

The most telling moment of the season and the lack of commitment from the front office (Bridlich and/or Montfart) was when Story went down and they did nothing to get a quality SS to replace him for 2 months. DeScalso is an average defender at his best positions (2B and 3B) and below average or way below average at SS. Adames possibly could play SS but they obviously don’t think much of him because they keep throwing Daniel out there.… Read more »

Agbayani
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Agbayani

Here’s what’s hurting me: some day in 2020 or so, we’ll look back at this season and ask “how the hell did this team go 76-86 when it got: – career seasons out of Blackmon AND LeMahieu – the last really good season from Cargo – another typically excellent season from Arenado – a great first 100 game debut from Story, and a great 60 game finish from Dahl – a right-on-schedule couldn’t-have-gone-better return of Otto – a completely unexpected… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Ag – you list 7 things that went right. I’ll list an 8th. In the big scheme of things – we really didn’t have that many major injuries either. Yes…..Story. But outside of that, lots of 2nd tier guys or injuries that can be expected (Chatwood, one BP arm down with TJ (Diaz)). So we can’t really play the injury card either.

JulieG
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JulieG

I have disliked the season, not so much because we are swooning as usual, but for one thing we get sentimental with our older players when we could be playing younger ones. Why is Hundley playing so much when a better catcher only gets the call ever once in awhile. Why not call up and give some pitchers some experience before September. It is amazing when we do release many players who don’t even get picked up by other teams… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Julie – we’ve had one Sunk Cost victory (Jose Reyes). It was a big Sunk Cost, a big victory, but probably a very bad example since domestic violence was attached to it. Has Monfort really come to grips with a Sunk Cost, or did he order (as I suspect) Reyes booted due to DV? Both are valid reasons. In the case of DV, it’s an extreme example made independent of baseball. We need to also make these decisions dependent of… Read more »

Bill
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Bill

I only watched bits and pieces of today’s game and didn’t watch the conclusion of last night’s game. Perhaps someone can clue me in as to why Ottovino was not used in the 9th inning today. I just about had a heart attack when I flipped on at the end of today’s game at Gopherberg was pitching. Did last night’s use of Otto for one short inning rule him out for today even with tomorrow being an off day? Luckily… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Purely a guess Bill…..but my hope is the Rox are exercising extreme caution with his elbow (hence the reluctance to name him Closer to begin with).

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Ag – very accurately – lists things that have gone “right” this year (above). Yet we’re still struggling. I fear that our “Dick Monfort Progress” in the past year may be just an illusion caused by a series of linked events as follows: 1A, Tulo became unbearable in the Clubhouse, necessitating a trade. 1B. Trade was made (great trade BTW) and Reyes was taken to make salary exchange palatable for the Jays. 1C. Reyes has offseason DV issue. 1D. Story… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

Jeff Hoffman finally will be here to start Saturday vs. Cubs!

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Ha – good news!

I’ve been vacationing in the Olympic Pennisula with little or no internet service. So this is good news!

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

DJLM hit on the screws twice and nothing to show for it. Kris Bryant has defensive Hail Mary swing for RBI single. Baseball gods not helping at all.

Hundley has to be out of town asap after not tagging out runner at home when he never touched plate. CALL.UP. TOM. MURPHY.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

I’m tired of the effing walks. That’s why we keep on losing late in games

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

Did we really win???

Bob K.
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Bob K.

As expected Corey Seager is listed as the leading candidate for Rookie of the Year. Trevor Story is still in second place.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2016/08/top-5-nl-rookie-of-the-year-candidates-2.html

Bob in WV
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Bob in WV

Not much hope on that one, Bob. I’m still shaking my head over error-prone Ryan Braun getting the ROY over Tulo. Braun brought long balls to the table but little else.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

And Jimmy Rollins got the GG over Tulo even though he had a lot more chances with higher degree of difficulty. And Tulo had much better fielding percentage. That’s why I no longer care for MVP or ROY.