COOKIN’

COOKIN’

ROX SWEEP A’S ASIDE; CARDS AWAIT FOR 4

The Colorado Rockies notched 4 victories in 5 chances against American League West opponents Houston and Oakland in what on one hand might be considered a short week, but on the other represented the start of 17 straight without a break, continuing tonight in St Louis, Missouri.

Chris Rusin landed on the Disabled List with plantar fasciitis, which undoubtedly explains his lackluster 2018, and that will likely be it for the left-hander, a key component in 2017, for the distance.  Seunghwan Oh, the South Korean right-hander, was obtained from the Toronto Blue Jays for 3 minor leaguers and pitched a scoreless 7th on Saturday night.  And prodigal son Matt Holiday is taking swings out in Grand Junction in advance of a September cameo as the Rockies compete for a spot in the post-season tournament.

Colorado’s starters continue to excel.  Tyler Anderson pitched into the 8th on 2 runs in Tuesday’s loss to the Astros.  Jon Gray surrendered 2 over 7 in Wednesday’s win.  Against the A’s, Kyle Freeland delivered 6 scoreless on Friday.  Antonio Senzatela, working out of the “blister” slot in the Rockies’ rotation, held Oakland to a run over 5-2/3 on Saturday, then yesterday German Marquez was back from the birth of his child in Venezuela and toasted the occasion with 7-2/3 of 2-run labor.  Charlie Blackmon, in sync with Agbayani, has been blazing away since the latter part of June, as have fellow all star Trevor Story, Unspeakably Awful Ian Desmond, and much-maligned veteran Carlos Gonzalez.

Colorado went toe-to-toe with Houston early in the week.  It all turned into sort of an unseemly ooze in extras on Tuesday evening, but Wednesday saw Blackmon, Chuck Nazty, secure the split with a 1-out walkoff to dead-center.

After the week’s second off-day Thursday the A’s made the Friday night scene at the Coors Rooftop and ran straight into the Freeland buzz saw.  The Rockies got 1 in the 2nd on singles by Noel Cuevas, Cargo, and Garrett Hampson, and 2 more in the 5th when Chuck N doubled leading-off and scored on a single by Desmond.  UAI got surprised between 1st and 2nd when the throw to the plate was cut-off, but Nolan Arenado followed and drove his 26th 2018 home run into the left-center pavilion.  Brian Shaw allowed the A’s only run on back-to-back doubles in the 7th.  Scott Oberg bailed Shaw out of it and handled the 8th before Adam Ottavino came on for his 4th save.

Senzatela was a little woozy out of the gate on Saturday when Nick Martini led things off with a double, moved to 3rd on a Matt Chapman single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Khris with a K Davis.  Senza’s teammates had his back, however, and took the lead in the 2nd when Gonzalez led off with a double (he had 3 for the night), Tom Murphy tripled him in with a drive that went to the wall in right-center, and then Murphy scored on a single by Pat Valaika.  Arenado made it 3-1 with his 27th jack in the 3rd, and Valaika, in at 2nd after to-date ceding most of the injured DJ LeMahieu’s at-bats to Hampson, capped off the scoring with another homer in the 4th.  Shaky Jake McGee bailed Senzalela out of a 2-out/2-on mess in the 6th, Oh made his debut and worked his way around a single and a walk in the 7th, then Ottavino worked a clean 8th ahead of a clean Wade Davis 9th, the free agent’s 29th 2018 save.

Marquez was back for the sweep Sunday.  Ryan McMahon was promoted from Albuquerque at the expense of Cuevas, got the start at 1st, and doubled leading off the 2nd ahead of a homer by Murphy.  McMahon was money again in the 3rd when he knocked-in Story with another double, the run that would eventually make the difference.  Chapman (who the hell is he?) would nick Marquez with a lead-off homer in the 4th, and Davis, cute spelling and all, would do the same in the 7th, but Marquez would gut it out until 2 were gone in the 8th and Oberg came on to put the inning down.  Wade Davis hammered the A’s 1-2-3 for his 30th in the 9th.

The Rockies are 3 games into the 17 contest grind, getting set for a 6:10 MT tilt at Busch Stadium in the Gateway City.  They’ll play 4 in St Louis, 3 in Milwaukee versus the Brewers, 3 back in Denver against the Pittsburgh Pirates, then the Dodgers visit for 4 tough ones August 9 through 12 before an off day Monday the 13th.

The lefty Anderson (6-3, 3.57) goes in the opener tonight against righty Carlos Martinez (6-6, 3.39) of the Cards.  Gray gets Jack Flaherty, 5 minutes later, curiously, tomorrow.  Freeland faces Luke Weaver, also at 6:15 Wednesday, and the series wraps Thursday with an 11:15 am start, no TV, Senzatela versus Miles Mikolas.

Colorado sits 3rd in the NL West, trailing Arizona by 1/2 game, Los Angeles by one.  Keep the coals burning.

jim-miller

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Gray lost focus a couple of times yesterday, but overall his performance since returning from AAA has made my meal of crow easier to eat. Great to see him pitching well.

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Doc…..I too will admit to eating Crow on a semi-regular basis!

I’ve made this analogy before (on a loose basis) – John Smoltz had a similar career start (to Gray). Tons of talent. Flashes of brilliance. All sorts of implosions and explosions. Took him 3+ seasons to get things consistently headed in the correct direction. He saw a sports psychologist.

Agbayani
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Agbayani

Jake McGee – ugh.

roxnsox
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roxnsox

Wade Davis too often isn’t far from ugh. Gotta hold that 1-run lead, pal. Yer in a pennant race.

Agbayani
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Agbayani

Yep, Wade Davis … ugh. Tomorrow it’ll be Bryan Shaw … ugh. We needed at least one other reliever! Dbacks brought back Brad Ziegler, sidearming righty … why couldn’t we have made a bid?

roxnsox
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roxnsox

S.O.P.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

I’m leaving at sunrise for my one-week vacation Saturday morning. So keep this thread going until jeem writes a new post. I can’t stand Rockies’ failure to hold late leads all week. Need to blow off steam and avoid watching the Dumpster Fire that is the bullpen.

roxnsox
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roxnsox

EX-HALE. Too extreme to say “season-saving” win? Season-saving overturned review at first?
Come on home, boys, and get it back on track.

rockymountainhigh
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I’m not feeling good about playing in Busch Stadium this week. We’ve always had trouble winning there.

Bob in WV
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Not always. My only visit to Busch was on a rare Monday afternoon game with the Rox winning to complete a 4 game sweep. (Holy crap, after writing the previous sentence I researched it and saw that it was 9 years ago already. It was the fifth game in the 18 game stretch where they won 17 games and went from 12 games under .500 to 4 games over. That was the game where I was walking to the stadium… Read more »

Agbayani
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Agbayani

Bob, great story! It’s only a Rockies fan looking for a sweep that would make that assumption …

Agbayani
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Agbayani

So … that trade deadline was … underwhelming. Oh and Holliday. That’s it? Maybe we’ll have a waiver deal in August? Seems like pretty much all of our competitors in the NL West and the wild card race – even the Pirates – added more than we did. I’m not really sure why they didn’t pull the trigger on another modest acquisition, even a mediocre reliever. I think Bridich is being forced to own his Dunn-McGee-Shaw trifecta …

roxnsox
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roxnsox

S.O.P. for this organization, unfortunately

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

Shawn Kelley a pretty good relief pitcher got DFA’ed after the game last night for just a momentary mental lapse (throwing glove down after giving up HR). Would he be a good pick up for the Rockies?

Agbayani
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Agbayani

The focus remains – for good reason – on bullpen failures. (Update: the 40 Million Dollar Quartet of Davis-McGee-Shaw-Dunn has now combined for just a tick BELOW replacement level performance this year.) But that’s kind of distracting from the other issue: this team is not scoring enough (again). The resurgences of Cargo and Desmond have been great (but will they last?), but even so, the offensive output just isn’t good enough. So … … David Dahl is ready. I think… Read more »

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roxnsox

Is there any rule/reason that they could not call Holliday up before September (assuming he’s worthy)? I see he is in Albuquerque now, as expected. I know somebody would have to go down.

Bob K
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First they would have to clear a 40 man roster spot so they can add him to the 40 man roster. This can be done by either DFAing someone or by moving someone to the 60 day DL. After that they can option someone to the minor league to clear a 25 man roster spot for him. If he doesn’t do good at Albuquerque I doubt that they would open a 40 man roster spot for him. If he does… Read more »

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Don’t forget that Freeland, Marquez and Senza all ran out of gas last year at about 100-120 innings. Gray, Anderson and Bettis didn’t throw much last year due to injury. It would be smart to give Anderson, Marquez, Freeland and probably Gray a break once in a while, beginning soon, and start Bettis as a 6th starter or “Sunday starter” like they did 50 years ago when they played double-headers or Sunday. Keep young arms fresh and rested or the… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Yes, yes, yes……..I agree (and have been driving this bandwagon). More offense!

sdcarp
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sdcarp

What’s 2 months of Bryce Harper worth? Would you give up Ryan McMahon and Raimel Tapia? (I would – in a heartbeat).

Doc
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I’d think Nats would want at least two more players to even consider it.