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The Colorado Rockies’ 7 game winning streak came to a close Sunday afternoon in Phoenix.  Zack Greinke of the Arizona Diamondbacks lived-up to his credentials, notching win no. 11 of 2018 over 8 innings pitched, 1 run on 2 hits; 13 strikeouts.  Unspeakably Awful Ian Desmond (UAI) was the sole Rockie to despoil Greinke’s outing, knocking a 2-2 fastball over the right-field fence in Chase Field with 1 out and nobody on for his 19th big fly on the current campaign.  Colorado did however take the 3 game series 2-1, coming-out of the All Star break with a tough draw but giving no quarter.  The Rockies have taken 6 consecutive series and are 18-4 over the stretch, dating back to June 29.

Rested and ready, the contest Friday evening was a bit of a slob-fest capped off by some epic slamage.  German Marquez and Robbie Ray got the starts, with Colorado getting 2 up on Ray out of the gate before Marquez gave them both back, and another beside.  Ray and Marquez battled it-out for 5 innings, the Dbacks a run better at 6-5.  Chris Rusin had another iffy appearance, coughing-up 2 more to run the Arizona lead to 8-5, but then came the top of 7.  Red bearded Archie Bradley took over for Ray and Silvino Bracho, and walked Charlie Blackmon leading-off.  Nolan Arenado singled Chuck N over to 3rd, and after all star hero Trevor Story struck-out on 3 pitches, Carlos Gonzalez knocked-in Blackmon and delivered Arenado to 3rd with a sharp liner to left.  UAI struck-out (what would you expect), then Gerardo Parra, the Major Fail, took a walk to load the bases.  Tony Wolters followed Parra, and he walked too, bringing the Rockies to within a run at 8-7, reliever Scott Oberg scheduled to hit.  Colorado manager Bud Black turned instead to his bench, calling on the enigmatic Raimel Tapia.  Tapia dug himself an 0-2 hole, looked at 2 errant fastballs to work himself even, then blasted Bradley’s final offering deep into the Arizona night for the Rockies first lead of the evening.  Brian Shaw was nicked for a run but recorded 5 outs, and the Dbacks got another in the 9th amidst a 4-out save by Adam Ottavino, as Colorado held-out to prevail 11-10.

Saturday’s win was a crisper affair, if you could call it that.  Kyle Freeland was less than optimally sharp; in the 4th he hit Ketel Marte leading-off then walked Paul Goldschmidt and AJ Pollock to load the bases for a Steven Sousa single, Nick Ahmed sacrifice fly, Chris Owings single, and 3-0 Arizona lead.  Freeland left after 5, giving-up another after the Rockies got him 2 back, then Colorado got even in the 6th when Gonzalez led-off and reached on a surreal throwing error by Dbacks starter Zack Godley.  Story and UAI followed with singles, Gonzalez scoring to make it 4-3, then after Garrett Hampson was walked, Bracho, on for Godley, wild-pitched Story home before Chris Iannetta flew-out and Tapia lined into a double play.  The rivals traded runs in the 7th, then it was time for pinch-hit hero part 2 in the 8th.  Hampson struck-out, and Iannetta flew-out again, once more with Oberg on deck.  Black turned Saturday to Tom Murphy, who took one swing and turned Yoshihisa Hirano’s 83 MPH splitter into a Colorado game winner.

Hampson is on for DJ LeMahieu, who has apparently become the victim of sdcarp’s off-season premonition of less favorable injury fortune.  LeMahieu adds a perilous oblique strain to his 2018 portfolio of sore back and bruised thumb incidents, and the hope is it’s not a serious one.  Good luck with that.  Chad Bettis and his “hot finger” had a 4th inning setback in Albuquerque Saturday afternoon, and with Marquez now in Venezuela on paternity leave, the Rockies are working strong on position players, short on pitchers.  Hopefully Marquez can make it back from the troubled South American nation without getting fleeced for every dollar left in his wallet, and presumably the Rockies know the right people with ICE to get the right-hander back into the USA.  And don’t try to bring the baby back with you, for heaven’s sake.

Now come the Champions, the Houston Astros and MVP Jose Altuvé are on at 20th and Blake for 2 against surging Colorado.  The Astros continue to lay down the heat, leading the American League West by 5 games over the Mariners, who are said to consider the Rockies rude and inconsiderate, at 66-36.  Righty Gerrit Cole (10-2, 2.52) the former Pirate, takes the hill for Houston against left-hander Tyler Anderson (6-3, 3.72) in a 6:40 tilt down at Coors Field.  Jon Gray earns another big league spot tomorrow versus fellow righty Charlie Morton, same time, same station.  There’s another off-day Thursday, then the A’s, still working out of Oakland, California, invade Lodo for 3 on the weekend.  RMH will line sdcarp up with some lusty smack in advance of that one.

A bunch of American Leaguers I’ve never heard of are going to be lurking around the old ballyard the next couple of days.  Come on now Rox, don’t make me wonder:  “who the hell is he?”

jim-miller

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Seung Hwan Oh – great pickup for a playoff drive. Kind of this year’s Neshek. We haven’t had a Korean pitcher around here since BK Kim. (Maybe I shouldn’t have mentioned that. Sorry.) Spanberger has had a breakout year but … he’s a lefty slugger playing in Asheville. We’ve seen this before. Remember Joe Koshansky? (I thought not). How about, umm, a bunch of other lefties who loved that short porch and then saw the power disappear once they moved… Read more »

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I’m calling this the Grant Lavigne trade. Lavigne’s GJ performance made Spanberger EASILY expendable. I like this trade. Low cost $$$$. Low cost Prospect.

Agbayani
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Carp – good point on Lavigne. Plus there’s Roberto Ramos, just about a year older, basically with the same skill set (huge 1B/DH only guy) there too. Spanberger’s home/away splits this year: 1.096 OPS at home, .800 on the road. While that doesn’t mean he’ll be mediocre in a neutral park, it is worth taking Asheville numbers for lefty sluggers with a boulder of salt.

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Ag…..you better start construction a spreadsheet now for tracking Lavigne in Ashevegas in 2019. I’m visualizing some 2nd order equations. Perhaps some logarithms.

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What a crazy game last night. I was wondering how Arenado could be charged with an AB and an RBI on the foul pop-up and not get credit with a sacrifice fly until I read this: “(d) Score a sacrifice fly when, before two are out, the batter hits a ball in flight handled by an outfielder or an infielder running in the outfield in fair or foul territory that (1) is caught, and a runner scores after the catch,… Read more »

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Add the Astro fans to my list of those who will keep me away. Who are all you people?! Houston fans in Denver? Somebody put the word out that the weather sucks in Colorado. Or SOMETHING. Close the gates. I don’t know. But soon there will be no home-fan advantage at all. (Houston?! Well, I’d move here too if I lived there, I guess.)

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As long as Colorado is a better place to be than the visitor cities, Denver will remain a mecca for their fans to migrate to for a weekend. If I lived in most other cities, I’d consider Denver the premier destination when planning a road trip to see my local team play. It is amazing how obnoxious fans in Boston, Chicago, and Houston have become after their team finally has some success. I pray that when we finally reach the… Read more »

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I think a lot of them are transplants, too. Our population explosion the last few years is terrible. (That’s what I originally had in mind with my sincere snark about “tell em the weather sucks” and “close the gates” 🙂

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Rockies about to acquire Oh from Toronto. 36 years old but still effective. Low cost and one more year of control after this season.

Bob K
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Rockies acquire Oh for minor league 1B Chad Spangenberger.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/07/rockies-acquire-seunghwan-oh.html

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The Rockies also gave up 1B prospect Sean Bouchard in addition to Spanberger.

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Looks as though Forest Wall will be 2nd player in the deal. Wall is now an OFer. He’ll never sniff the Major Leagues, not even for a cup of coffee.

Bob K
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The report has been revised that it is Forrest Wall instead of Bouchard. There is also a PTBNL who may or may not be Bouchard.

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Geez…..I had to do a double-check. There IS a team option for 2019. A mere 2.5M. That’s chump change in today’s baseball. Note I left comment to Ag’s post (below) prior to this (regarding Spanberger being expendable). With the extra year……this is a no-brainer.

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Everybody in the division lost today. Rain, rain keep away. Gray, Gray, be the good Gray.

Agbayani
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Forrest Wall and Spanberger (and maybe Bouchard too as the PTBNL?). That makes it look a bit more fair from the Jays’ perspective, but as usual minorleagueball.com hits the nail on the head: Wall has stalled in his development. He’s still only 22, so there’s time, but the consensus seems to be that his glove isn’t good enough to stick at 2B (he’s played CF all year, not to mention that Rodgers and Hampson are well ahead of him as… Read more »

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Cubbieeees! Thanks! That was a satisfying game to see, especially the 9th 😉

And thanks to the RWO gang for info on the minor leaguers traded. Not my area, so I have no opinion, but hope this new guy does something for us.

roxnsox
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Also! How has no one mentioned a Rox WALK OFF? Charlie!!! HUGE win. And – Jonny Gray? One hit through seven?!?! That was some kind of awesome. Let’s be here now (or recently-then), folks. Not completely all about analysis, like who’s gone out of the minors for a relief pitcher. 😉

I also felt vindicated by Drew’s remarks about the Houston influx. (I.e., I wasn’t crazy)

Agbayani
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It was a fantastic game, Roxnsox. Actually both of the Astros games were. But last night: the overturned HR! I’m not nearly as sure that Parra would’ve caught it as the umps were, but I’ll take it. The bizarro tumbling-into-the-dugout-climbing-back-on-the-field tag up “sac pop up.” All in one game … … and Bob in WV is right too: you won’t go to Buffalo and see a whole lot of Broncos fans there when the Bills visit. The migration is one-way.… Read more »

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From MLBTradeRumors: “In addition to the Rockies’ previously reported interest in Zach Britton, Colorado has also asked the Orioles about right-handers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman, Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports (via Twitter). There’s no momentum in talks regarding Bundy and Gausman, however, Morosi adds. To this point, it’s not at all clear whether the O’s would even consider moving Gausman (controlled through 2020) or Bundy (through 2021). There’s little reason for the Orioles not to seriously entertain offers, from… Read more »

Agbayani
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Roxnsox, that surprises me too … an Astros contingent in Colorado? What’s next, Coors Field filling up with Rays fans whenever they may visit? Bob K – as for interest in Gausman or Bundy: well, I get it if this is more of a play for 2019 since both are talented, cost-controlled, and still young, but for this playoff run? I’m not seeing any upgrade over Bettis, who would presumably be the odd man out. Same thing for Brach, who… Read more »

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Lordy, that would be the day. Although if I lived in Tampa, I’d move here too.

Bob K
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I think their interest just was the point of asking and nothing more.

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Rockies reportedly sign Santiago Casilla to a minor league deal.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/07/rockies-to-sign-santiago-casilla.html