ALL STAR!

ALL STAR!

STORY BLASTS HOT ROX INTO BREAK

Events had been breaking the way of the Colorado Rockies since almost exactly the day the calendar turned from June to July.  Winding down the final home stand prior to the annual All Star recess, Colorado Sunday had a chance to sweep the Seattle Mariners, pull their season record at Coors Field even to 23-23, and ascend a notch closer to the Division leading Dodgers and Diamondbacks.  Tyler Anderson got the start for the Rockies against Mike Leake of the Mariners, and the two traded punches for 6 innings, the Mariners touching Anderson for 2 in the opening inning, whereas the Rockies used a 2-out, 2-on single by Nolan Arenado to tie things-up in the bottom of the 3rd.  Seattle nicked shaky Jake McGee for one in the 7th on a lead-off single, sacrifice, and 2-out Dee Gordon single, but the Rox countered with a 1-out triple by Unspeakable Awful Ian (UAI) Desmond and Chris Iannetta’s sacrifice fly.  Alex Colomé got the Mariners through the 8th, and Brian Shaw and Scott Oberg took Colorado into the bottom of the 9th even-Steven for shortstop Trevor Story.

Story debuted in 2016 in the wake of the Troy Tulowitzki purge, wreaking havoc on first Zack Greinke, and later the balance of the National League, before a season-ending encounter with 2nd-base in New York turned a potentially record-setting rookie campaign unremarkable.  Upon Story’s return in 2017, the league had learned how to get him, and 191 strikeouts kept things cool for the hitters following Story in the batting order.  As late as April 30 this season Story appeared equally clueless, but gradually the RBI began to accumulate, home runs began to fly, a chronic .230 batting average suddenly read .292, and on July 8 Story got the news he’d be playing in the mid-season classic Tuesday evening in Washington DC.

Story took a ball from Nick Vincent.  He fouled-off a cutter.  An outside fastball made it 2-1.  Story slapped another fastball and another cutter out of play.  Vincent tried the cutter one last time.  Rox Walk Off.

The other-worldly Arenado leads a 3-Rockie delegation to Washington that along with Story includes center-fielder Charlie Blackmon, Chuck Nazty, with Colorado coming off a 13-3 stretch dating back to June 28, when the Rockies salvaged the last of 3 on a mid-week series in San Francisco.  Ironically, the starting pitchers have been the key to success.  Kyle Freeland has but a single shaky start dating all the way back to April, and he, Anderson, and German Marquez each came-up strong 4 times, while Antonio Senzatela contributed a win and a loss before joining Chad Bettis on the DL with blistered fingers.  Jon Gray, exiled to Albuquerque to learn how to eat nails, apparently got into some of those nice galvanized roofing types that have the flat heads and the barbed shanks, because he ripped through the Mariners in a spot-start on Saturday.

The starters’ work has eased the burden on a precarious bullpen that has yet a great deal to prove.  Outside of snubbed all-star Adam Ottavino, nobody in the group is inspiring any particular degree of confidence, especially the putative “big 3” of Brian Shaw, Jake McGee, and Wade Davis, and to a large extent, the ‘pen’s ability to retrench after a disastrous month of June is crucial to Colorado’s prospects going forward.

Regarding the offense, Gerardo Parra has never been forgiven for a couple base-running blunders committed back in early 2016, then going-on to have an admittedly dismal season all together.  2016 was bad for Hillary Clinton as well, but Parra is actually a very good outfielder who is hitting nearly .300 while knocking-in 41 runs.  Carlos Gonzalez has never become the transcendent superstar we were all assured he would be, and Gonzalez also had the audacity to be bad in 2017, but he too is a very fine outfielder currently batting-it-up at a pace of .280, including 3 homers in the past week.  UAI, also is not such a horrible person once you get to know him.  Building his reputation as a steady, but not spectacular, shortstop on a team that won a lot of games, Desmond has unquestionably performed with mixed results in scarcely a full season as a Rockie, but he too is up to .235, .313 in his last 30, with 18 home runs and 56 RBI.  Not to be overlooked is the catching position, where Tom Murphy, up from Albuquerque since June 12, has contributed some added punch.

As the Stars go to show-off a week later than usual, the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline hovers a short 15 days away.  The gossip wire will be all a-twitter with who is coming and who is going, but in the meantime a series to be called Gut-Check, the Sequel, looms in the city of Phoenix, Arizona, Friday night, 7:40 MT at Chase Field.  Freeland is rumored to be Rockies’ manager Bud Black’s choice to get the second-half started, followed by Anderson and then Marquez.  The Diamondbacks have not officially announced their starters, either, with game-times scheduled for 6:10 on Saturday and 2:10 on Sunday afternoon.  Colorado gets a day off next Monday before more American League action at Coors Field, this time featuring the World Champion Houston Astros, followed by sdcarp’s beloved Oakland A’s.

But first it’s Chuck N, Trevor, and Nolan being Nolan in DC.  Go Rox!

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Agbayani
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Agbayani

I did it again! Just when I called for Tapia to be trade bait, he rewards us with a grand slam. Last time it was “Nolan Arenado is no Kris Bryant.” Let me try this one: Bryan Shaw, you’re trash.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

I’m still holding you and carp liable for the false statement that Bryant is better than Arenado. LOL. Last I heard at the ASB, Arenado is the perceived front runner for the MVP. If the Rockies win the NL West, Arenado is the runaway winner

Agbayani
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Ever since the time I made that Bryant > Arenado comment, Nolan has been on a tear while Bryant has been … meh. KInd of a down year for him. So let me stir it up again. We are living in an era of the Great Third Basemen. Right now, Jose Ramirez is probably the most valuable by a tick. Then Machado (when he returns to 3B before too long) and Nolan and Bryant (although his fielding numbers show some… Read more »

sdcarp
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Don’t sleep on Eugenio Suarez. Keep in mind, he missed 17 games.

Agbayani
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Carp, Suarez is just another of the fantastic generation of third basemen we, as baseball fans, are fortunate enough to be experiencing now. But really, RMH … the thumbs down on my last comment?

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

It wasn’t me with the thumbs down on your recent comment. The timing made me look guilty.

Agbayani
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Agbayani

RMH, I demand an internal RWO investigation of the “thumbs down” mystery! I just hope for your sake there aren’t “tapes” out there. (nice redesign! maybe I need an emoji here to make sure you know I’m just kidding)

sdcarp
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Matt Chapman is coming to Coors. Defensively……he’s Arenado-esque. But he’s not top tier (yet) offensively.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

Jeurys Familia also coming to Coors.

sdcarp
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Not a Familia fan….he “explosive” (I mean that in the wrong way). So as an A’s fan (they’re my AL team), not a huge fan of this move. But also not surprised. A’s needed 6th/7th inning help (doesn’t everyone not named the Yankees?).

roxnsox
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roxnsox

1. Whewwwww! Gut-check redux, one down.
2. I like the comment section redesign! Hail the return of the Like (and Don’t Like) buttons! Thanks. Also nice to have it sortable.

roxnsox
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roxnsox

I meant… good to have thumbs up/down, similar to the old star ratings ☺️

roxnsox
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roxnsox

TV guys: please don’t describe Cargo’s “great plate coverage.” (Said on Friday night.). I’m cringing less when he comes up due to his improvement in being selective, and subsequent better production, but he’s still flailing too much.

roxnsox
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roxnsox

Re: new comment format. Interesting that a comment I just posted shows “2 hours ago.” Doesn’t matter, but I can’t keep my internal editor quiet 🙂

Agbayani
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Agbayani

And I’m officially on a roll:
– earlier this week, I suggested that Tom Murphy – a guy I really like who’s been buried below Iannetta and Wolters on the depth chart – would be good trade bait. Tonight? Go-ahead pinch hit homer
– I also suggested that Hampson, although a nice prospect, profiles as a utility man. Tonight? Hit, walk, great defensive play in his MLB debut
I call ’em out, they respond. There’s no stopping me.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

Don’t stop, keep rolling.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

I think Wade Davis is back to the old himself. The velocity is a couple of ticks higher and he has figured out how to keep the pitch movements inside the strike zone. Here’s the link to Davis’ bounce back since the disastrous two week collapse.

https://www.mlb.com/rockies/news/wade-davis-uncovering-new-tricks-of-trade/c-285943180

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Oops – see above.

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Putting my money where my mouth is……..made this trade in my Fantasy League today:

Sent Mitch Haniger ($1), Archie Bradley ($1), and Buster Posey ($32) to another team for Trevor Story ($26), Raisel Iglesias ($16), and Clint Knapp ($1). I’m going all-in with Story the last 2 months, and believe the Reds will continue their upward trend.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

As I mentioned in the other thread, there was a pitching summit that turned around the Rockies which won 13 of the last 16 games. I am pasting some excerpts from The Athletic article written by Nick Groke: In late June, in the thick of a wicked losing slump that left them eight games back in the National League West, Black called for a grand pitching summit, summoning every one of the club’s top pitching coaches for a series of… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Nice….thanks for sharing.

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Machado to Dodgers, officially, finally (it’s never over until it’s over with the Orioles).
Mike Hazen, the DBacks brilliant GM, admits the Snakes were in the Machado derby until the end. I expect the Snakes to be active through the trade deadline.
Orioles “should” trade Adam Jones and couple of their RPers also.
Look for Brian Dozier to be a popular target.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

I think most fans feel like the West race is over with the Dodgers running away after the acquisition of Machado. In my view, it’s on paper only and I’m more fired up to win the West. Winning the West and beating Machado & Dodgers would be a historic date in franchise history right up there with “The Slide”. Just a pipe dream, but then going to the WS in 2007 was a pipe dream come true, no?

Agbayani
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RMH, the NL West race is definitely not over, Machado or not. The Dodgers with Seager at SS (what we projected pre-season) are still better (a little better) than the Dodgers with Machado at SS, and that not because Machado isn’t a great player (he is), but because Seager is pretty great too and a better defensive SS. So the Dodgers have basically compensated for the loss of Seager now. Kershaw is clearly in decline. Can he put together a… Read more »

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sdcarp

Love this Padres/Indians trade from the Padres standpoint. They get a high upside, near Major League ready Catcher for essentially Brad Hand. Hand was brilliant last season. He’s been solid so far this year…..but he has the look of a RP that is showing signs of wear and tear. I “get” why the Indians did this……their Pen has been injured and tired all season. But I think the Padres win in the long run. The Padres Farm System is STACKED… Read more »

Agbayani
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Agbayani

Carp – agreed on Brad Hand. It looks like a really good trade for both teams based on where they are in the competition cycle. The Indians need help now. The sleeper in the trade is Adam Cimber, submarine delivery righty. You guys know I have a thing for quirky delivery relievers – once they master that delivery, they can be effective role players for a long, long time. As for Mejia, the big prospect that went to the Padres,… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Two quick thoughts here regarding Mejia:
1. There are real concerns regarding if he’ll stick behind the plate….or not. But the Padres can take this risk.
2. The Padres are SO stacked within their Farm System (and there’s a bias towards offensive players), I can actually see them being a player at the trade deadline as a BUYER for an established starting pitcher with a couple of years of control. Chris Archer maybe.

Agbayani
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Rockies are reported to be in the Zach Britton derby. Hmm, previously dominant lefty reliever on the wrong side of 30, missing about 3 mph off his peak velocity. Where have I seen this before, Mr. McGee? Second thought: reports say his last few weeks have been very good with an uptick in velocity too. It would be a 2-month rental. I’m o.k. with it, and given that it’s a rental, I think we’ll be looking at a Pat Neshek… Read more »

roxnsox
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Well, no previously dominant lefty reliever for us! We’ll see what he does for the Yanks; the Red Sox never lose! (Not far from true:)

Agbayani
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Agbayani

Random 2nd half Rockies thoughts: – Carlos Estevez will be back very soon and will make a very positive impact. Struck out the side in his one inning yesterday. – Ian Desmond will be exactly what his rest of the season projections say he’ll be: a mediocre, below-average for a 1st baseman, hitter, but not as dreadful as he was in the early part of the season, nor as good as he was in the last month or so. Ditto… Read more »

sdcarp
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Agree regarding Blackmon. Hopeful regarding Estevez. I’m holding Tapia in my Fantasy League on my reserve squad because I’m hoping he gets traded. Tapia for Justin Smoak anyone?