COSMIC ROADHOUSE BAD TEAM BLUES

COSMIC ROADHOUSE BAD TEAM BLUES

SWEPT BY BREW CREW, ROX TAKE SERIES FROM NATS;
HOME TO DODGERS, DBACKS

RMH was on the case early Monday with a whine.  Bob K followed with the facts:  the Colorado Rockies have a winning record against winning teams and a losing record against losing teams.  ROOT and the Post, late on the uptake as usual, were all over the story by Tuesday, and the Rockies proceeded to execute the self-fulfilling prophesy, losing Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to the Milwaukee Brewers.  They ran the losing skein to 4 Friday night in Washington, then outlasted the Nats over 11 innings Saturday afternoon, and modestly bested them on Sunday, salvaging the last 2 of 6 for week 20 of the 2016 MLB season.

That undoubtedly contributed to a more pleasant flight back to Colorado Sunday evening, but a week earlier the Rockies had taken home series over Washington and the Chicago Cubs, working their way back to within 4 of even .500.  Returning west again short by 6, Colorado had to be asking, like Roxnsox did Wednesday, “What is this team?”  The phenomenon lends itself to much rank speculation:  is this just a phase a rising contender needs to overcome?  Is it simple immaturity?  Is there faulty leadership?  Or was it all just another run-of-the-mill bad road trip, disguised by the competition?

Whichever, the losses in Milwaukee were emblematic.  Monday Chad Bettis surrendered 4 and the offense only managed 2.  Tuesday Jon Gray turned a 4-2 lead over to the bullpen, which transformed it into a 6-4 loss.  Wednesday was a combo job:  Tyler Anderson retired after 5 trailing 2-1, and by the 7th Chris Rusin and Chad Qualls had given-up 5 more.  The offense for its part declined to build on the single opening inning run.  In Washington Friday the Nationals nickel-and-dimed Jeff Hoffman for 4 runs in 6 innings, then Matt Carasiti coughed-up a 4-spot in the 7th, which made a 3 run top of 9th the Rockies worked against Shawn Kelley a wasted effort.

Saturday afternoon Jorge De La Rosa held the Nats to 3 over 5, and got solid relief from Jordan Lyles, Boone Logan and Carlos Estevez, but Adam Ottavino blew a save and allowed a run for the first time since back in the Carter administration, and the contest went into overtime.  Jake McGee got Colorado through a scoreless 10th, then the Rockies got loose in the 11th.  Cristhian Adames led off with a single and scored behind a Charlie Blackmon home run, then DJ LeMahieu singled and Carlos Gonzalez homered to make the score 8-4.  Nolan Arenado would follow with a single and score on a David Dahl double, then Carasiti closed things out despite singles by Danny Espinosa and Ben Revere.

Bettis (11-7, 5.17) was back out Sunday, this time bull-dogging it through 7, surrendering 2.  The offense got to Lucas Giolito (0-1, 5.63) for 4, 3 in the 3rd when Gonzalez singled with 2 out and Arenado and Dahl followed with homers.  Logan gave-up a solo shot to Bryce Harper to get Washington to within 2 with nobody out in the 9th, but Ottavino was not to be denied this time, coming on and dispatching Anthony Rendon, Wilson Ramos and Ryan Zimmerman for his 2nd save and the Colorado victory.

Arenado has broken away from a brief cold spell, and Blackmon continues to rake.  LeMahieu banged-up his wrist Monday and missed the next 3, which hardly cooled him off (he was 3 for 5 Saturday), and somebody named Cardullo, Stephen, a 1st-baseman, was called-up from Albuquerque to replace Ben Paulsen.

The Los Angeles Dodgers visit Coors Field tonight for the first of 3 as the Rockies move back into a long stretch of Western division contests.  The Arizona Diamondbacks follow an off-day Thursday for 3 over the weekend.  Kenta Maeda (13-7, 3,37) gets the call for LA against Colorado’s big Jon Gray (8-6, 4.61) in a battle of right-handers tonight, starting at 6:40 MT.  Maeda stifled the Rockies back on August 4, holding them to 2 in 5-2/3.  Maeda was out Tuesday versus San Francisco, winning again on 5 innings of 3 run 6 hit ball.  Gray pitched Tuesday as well, in Milwaukee, allowing 2 runs in 6 innings on 4 hits, 3 walks, and 10 strikeouts.

The surging Dodgers have overcome the Giants and lead the NL West by 2 going into tonight.  The veteran Chase Utley leads off at 2nd-base followed by left-fielder Howie Kendrick and shortstop Corey Seager.  The recently acquired Josh Reddick has settled into the 6-hole, playing right-field.  It’s a pretty standard order for Walt Weiss and the Rockies.  Gonzalez, Arenado and Dahl go 3-4-5.  Gerardo Parra is again at 1st, hitting 6th, and Daniel Descalso will be the shortstop, hitting 8th ahead of Gray.

It’s been raining in Denver and the temperature has dropped to 65°.  The rain is scheduled to taper off as game time approaches, but clouds and temperatures in the 60°s will linger throughout.  The wind will blow-out toward right at about 7 MPH.  ROOT’s got the TV and radio’s on KOA and KRNV.

LOS ANGELES (73-57)
Chase Utley (L) 2B
Howie Kendrick (R) LF
Corey Seager (L) SS
Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
Yasmani Grandal (S) C
Josh Reddick (L) RF
Joc Pederson (L) CF
Rob Segedin (R) 3B
Kenta Maeda (R) P

COLORADO (62-68)
Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
David Dahl (L) LF
Gerardo Parra (L) 1B
Nick Hundley (R) C
Daniel Descalso (L) SS
Jon Gray (R) P

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rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

2-0 as I write this comment. Have a very bad feeling about this bullcrap tonight.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

If I’m the manager, heck the porch count. Lee Gray go 7 or 8 even if it takes 120-130 pitches. This is the Dodgers and we can’t use the bullpen against them

Agbayani
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Agbayani

Jon Gray: dominant! Rox 1-7 hitters: explosive! Chris Rusin: solid! Jake McGee: toast! (7-0 lead, starts off the 8th with a 5-pitch walk)

Bill
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Bill

Gray really has the stuff to be a top of the rotation guy but needs to be more economical with his pitches. He lost last week because he could only go 6 and the bullpen imploded. Tonight he went 6 and Rockies had a big 5 run 7th and even our bullpen couldn’t blow that one. Actually they could hand they have but they didn’t do it last night. And getting Maeda out of there after 5 was a key.… Read more »

Bob K.
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Bob K.
Agbayani
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Agbayani

Damn, no TV tonight … don’t want to jinx it, but about to sweep the Evil Empire, West (Dodgers). And Cardullo followed up a garbage time HR in Game 1 (yeah, feel good moment, but meaningless) with a grand slam right at the start in Game 2! Even a fan as cynical as me feels great for the 29 (today) year old career minor leaguer. Tyler Anderson: officially legit. Stay healthy, kid.

Roxnsox
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Roxnsox

Why was Hoffman removed after 5?! And let’s just congratulate Cardullo, who I wager nobody ever heard of, on his fabulous birthday

roxnsox
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roxnsox

Never heard of Stephen Cardullo, that is, until he suddenly was on the team last week! Livin’ the dream!

Agbayani
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Agbayani

Roxnsox, the only reason I’d ever heard of Stephen Cardullo before now is that I took a look at the Albuquerque roster before the start of their season. I said “who the hell is that?” Then I saw that he had no record of playing at all over the last few years on the major baseball stats sites. So I did some digging — he was playing in unaffiliated leagues? Basically beer money leagues? And he’s on our AAA roster?… Read more »

roxnsox
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roxnsox

It could be a really nice (even nicer!) story! And WHAT a game not to have on TV. DJ “The Machine” triples in the 7th, Nolan homers. The sweep is in hand. I promised I’d never say never after 2007, but I’m sayin’ never….this year…. signs of real hope, though:) I hope Tapia tears it up in September to make it even more fun. Dahl is for real (and Ag, I think you’ve had him pegged that way for a… Read more »

roxnsox
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roxnsox

Oops, I may have put the jinx on in the 8th….. ack

roxnsox
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roxnsox

Holy crap. Well, blame it on me. Otto! Whaaaa?

Agbayani
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Agbayani

Holy crap! Otto with the bullpen fail to end all bullpen fails. Grand slam, Dodgers up by 2.

roxnsox
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roxnsox

Holy crap! We both said it at the same time! Haaaahaaahhhaaa

Agbayani
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Agbayani

Hah! What else can you say (and not get kicked off the site) … Otto was kind of in that “more lucky than good” category since he’s come back (I’ve seen a lot of pitches missing the catcher’s target by a foot or so), and his luck finally turned.

Bob K.
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Yeah, but what kind of an idiot manager can’t see that he doesn’t have it and leaves him in there long enough to lose the game? WW has got to go.

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Hoffman/Otto/Chatwood/Diaz and TJ surgery. Ladies and Gents, I know it’s super frustrating. I can’t tell you how many times on Purple Row, Twitter, etc. I’ve seen the “put Otto in for a 4 out save” or “why didn’t Chatwood pitch the 8th” or similar. All of these guys are coming off relatively recent TJ surgery. They have to be managed with kid gloves during the first 100-200 IP post surgery. I was psyched yesterday when I read J Diaz is… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Sorry – last paragraph – should be “this only addresses a small part.”

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Also – I’m all for throwing Estevez and Carasiti out there as much as possible (within their physical limits) for the last 5 weeks. Baptism under fire perhaps isn’t the ideal way to learn, but since we are what we are, might-as-well go with it. Alright…..I said it…….let the insults begin! 🙂

Now…….if I can only convince them to use Eddie Butler out of the Pen in September.

Agbayani
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Agbayani

Walt lost Game 2 in the 8th inning of Game 1. How? Well, he saw Anderson tiring in Game 1, so he turned it over to Rusin, who struck out the only 2 hitters he faced. So …. he then pulled Rusin for Logan. With a 7 run lead, starting the 8th, with Rusin looking very sharp. That presumably burned Logan for Game 2. So what happens in Game 2? Otto comes in and walks Seager. Bad start. But then… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Ag….I saw this comment this AM, but I was running out the door and on the road all day (literally, mostly driving). So I had (lots) more time to think about this (I watched bits and pieces of game 2 only, so I didn’t see it real time). I have to say, WW’s decision was just plain old-fashioned stupid for so many reasons: 1. Double Header as you note. 2. Rusin throwing well, as you note. 3. Rusin as much… Read more »

Agbayani
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Agbayani

Of course, it doesn’t help that McGee is basically useless as a lefty specialist. In fact, I’m mystified as to why Bridich (and O’Dowd before him over his final few years) seems unable to find or create (as in turning a mediocre lefty starter into a reliever) a halfway decent lefty specialist. We used to be able to find/create these guys: Mike Myers, Javy Lopez (a Rule 5 draft acquisition), Brian Fuentes (who wound up moving into the closer role… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Hell….add Joe Beimel. That guy was Mr. Smoke and Mirrors for about a season and a half.

Purple Row is reporting (and citing a source) that the Rox are looking to extend Cargo. Don’t do it, don’t do it, don’t do it. Trade him instead.

sdcarp
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sdcarp

If I’m Ben Bowden, I might spend some time in Denver this winter and snag an apartment.

roxnsox
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roxnsox

Who got called up on expanded rosters, guys and girls? I can’t find anything about it.

JulieG
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JulieG

Carp, who wants him enough?

sdcarp
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sdcarp

JulieG – I think there are lots of teams that want him (he’s only a one year commitment) IF the Rockies asking price is realistic. Right now he’s a 2.5 WAR player on the wrong side of 30.

sdcarp
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sdcarp

To follow-up, think Dickerson for German Marquez type of trade. BUT……also remember we’d be “acquiring” about 20M a year in payroll that can go towards filling bigger needs (1B, BP). I think it’s wrong to assume Cargo can move to 1B and be immediately successful.

JulieG
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JulieG

That all makes sense, but then you are dealing with this team’s loyalty feelings, aren’t you?

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Oh yeah, for sure Julie. My statement(s) are solely based on what I would do…..not what I expect the Rockies will do. It’s a hard, stone cold business. I maintain that the best way to make (more) money at this (or virtually any) business is to win. Signing Cargo long term will reduce our chances of winning in the mid and late years of the contract. The problem (discussed many times on this web site) is the Rox fans flock… Read more »

Agbayani
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Agbayani

September call-ups: so far, nobody. Sometimes they wait for the minor league seasons to be over so as not to deplete those rosters, so maybe after Labor Day? Gotta think we’ll at least see Tom Murphy, and please, another lefty – I vote for Freeland to work out of the pen. Beimel: forgot about him. Also Gabe White, who had probably the single best bullpen season ever by a Rockie. Effective lefties galore int he old days, and in-house or… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Exactly – Mark Reynolds 2.0.

sdcarp
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sdcarp

I’m hoping for purely selfish reasons the Rox wait until after Labor Day to call-up Murphy. My Fantasy League does our “supplemental” draft beginning Monday….and I’m hoping Murphy slides under the radar to my pick (last or second last). Slugging catchers are hard to find. A 3 year contract @ $1 could be easy on the $260 Cap!!!!

roxnsox
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roxnsox

Right. Minors aren’t done. For some reason I had it in my head that callups had to be made on/by the 1st. Is there a deadline, though?

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

The call ups have to happen by September 1st if they are eligible to be on the post season roster. A team can call up anybody anytime, but they can’t be on the post season roster if called up after September 1st. That’s probably what you’re thinking of Roxnsox.

Agbayani
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Agbayani

On possibly extending Cargo and playing him at 1B: – this season, the MLB-average starting first baseman has put up about a 113-116 RC+ (from fangraphs – park adjusted, basically signifying about 13-16% better than the average hitter; this doesn’t take into account defense) – this season — a “good season” or “comeback season” for Cargo, he’s putting up a 113 RC+ – in other words, assuming he’d be an average fielder at 1B, he’d be a league-average starter there… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp

The more I think about this (on the heels of Tapia and Murphy getting called up), signing Cargo long term is absolutely, positively, Motte/Qualls type C-R-A-Z-Y bad idea.

JulieG
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JulieG

Well, I don’t agree with that at all:-) He is whole lot more valuable than those investments turned out to be.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

We need to introduce me concept of defense. If you ate behind and/or bases loaded put defender on pull side right on line. Prevents doubles. Treat it same as no doubles defense in 9th inning. Arizona would have had 4 or 5 less runs playing no doubles defense.