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ROX RIP THROUGH ATLANTA; FRIENDLY FRIARS ON FOR 3

Following-up their unlikely 3 of 4 series win over the Los Angeles Dodgers last weekend, the Colorado Rockies decided to make it unprecedented the recently passed one, sweeping the Atlanta Braves at their new digs in the City of Marietta, Georgia, the SunTrust Park.  The RWO continues its unprecedented role in the Colorado success, including a variety of parallel negative-action jinxes, ranging from Agbayani’s “Disparagement Jinx” to multiple versions of ball park attendance jinxes, including one I can claim, the Tornado Jinx, although it typically results in cancellations rather than victories.  I have yet to attend this season, by the way, so hang on to Toto.

Whatever it is, the Rockies are back on a roll.  They split with the defending champ Astros in Houston early in the week, securing a season split as well.  Sunday’s winning pitcher in Atlanta, German Marquez, was the big news back on August 14, out-pitching the seriously more famous Justin Verlander in a contest Colorado strolled-away with late, scoring twice in the 6th and following  with single runs in the 7th, 8th, and 9th.  Fittingly, Nolan Arenado got the week off to a big start, authoring the pair in the 6th off Verlander on his 30th big fly of 2018.  The sole bad news from the road trip came the following afternoon, when Tyler Anderson showed-up ugly for the second time in 3 recent outings.  The left-hander made it only 4-1/3, surrendering 9 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks, and the Rockies cooled it out of east Texas with a 12-1 defeat.

No time to rest however, Colorado was in Marietta Thursday afternoon for 4 with the Braves and big Jon Gray on the hill opposing Atlanta ace Julio Teheran.  Those two battled it out for 7, Teheran getting the best of Gray with the Braves leading 3-2, before Colorado’s recent surge of late inning magic made another appearance in the 9th.  Trevor Story reached on an error and Major Fail (MF) Gerardo Parra walked, then after Ian Desmond struck-out Ryan McMahon plated Story with a single to right, Parra to 3rd.  McMahon stole 2nd as Chris Iannetta struck-out as well, leaving matters to newly activated outfielder David Dahl, and Dahl obliged with a 2 run single that delivered a 5-3 lead to closer Wade Davis, who covered it with 2018 save no. 33.

Friday night saw another nearly sublime performance from the lefty Kyle Freeland.  The Braves nicked Freeland for a 1st inning run on 2 singles and a sacrifice fly, but he thereafter limited Atlanta to a single hit and 4 walks for the balance of his 6 inning stint.  The Colorado offense in the meantime went on a rare romp against Braves’ starter Sean Newcomb, and Kolby Allard didn’t have any better result when he got caught in a 3 run 8th.  Atlanta manager Brian Snitker flew-up the white flag in the 9th, rolling out infielder and former Rockie Charlie Culberson to mop matters-up in the 11-5 Colorado win.  It was back to zeroes for the offense on Saturday, however, and the Braves glided into the top of the 9th leading 3-0 behind a pair against Antonio Senzatela in the 3rd and 1 in an 8th handled by right-hander Brian Shaw.  Carlos Gonzalez and Arenado grounded-out against AJ Minter, leaving the Rockies a single out to work behind.  Story doubled to left and Dahl moved the shortstop up with a single to center, bringing UAI to the plate, followed by MF Parra.  Desmond doubled-in Story and Dahl, and Parra, who once was caught off-base twice in the same week, singled to harvest UAI.  Adam Ottavino handled Atlanta in the 9th, then in the 10th DJ LeMahieu blasted a solo shot over the center-field wall with 1 out, and Cargo followed with a double, scoring on an Arenado single before Wade Davis 1-2-3’d the Braves in the bottom of the 10th for save no. 34.  Rockies 5, Atlanta 3.

Marquez was back on Sunday.  He gave-up the obligatory 1st inning run and another in the 6th on RBI singles by Braves’ 3rd-baseman Johan Camargo, but had an otherwise slick 7 inning appearance.  Colorado got even in the 2nd on a leadoff solo shot by Story, and took the lead in the 3rd when LeMahieu went deep again with 2 out.  Dahl followed with a double and scored on an Arenado single to make it 3-1.  The Rockies added insurance in the 9th before Davis was back for save 35, working around a 2 out single to make it 4 in a row and 5 out of 6 for the week, the Rox moving within 1/2 game of Division leading Arizona.

It’s a 3 game series starting tonight with the San Diego Padres at Coors Field.  Anderson (6-5, 4.39) is back out for Colorado, matching-up against fellow left-hander Robbie Erlin (2-3, 3.33) of the Padres in a 6:40 MT start.  Gray goes at Jacob Nix tomorrow, also at 6:40, then Freeland gets Joey Lucchesi Thursday afternoon at 1:10 in another battle of lefties.  The red-hot Cardinals follow on the weekend.

Not surprising, LeMahieu is among the Rockies ripping things up the past week.  Story, Arenado, Parra, and Dahl are also riding the wave, while Chuck N, Charlie Blackmon, continues to search for a groove.  Los Angeles has dropped-back to 2 behind Arizona in the Division race, whereas the Rockies are even with Philadelphia and St Louis for the outside wild card.  The Milwaukee Brewers hang on to the inside card by a half.

Six weeks remain as the plot thickens, and Ed the Ump, achy ass and all, is back to root this thing home.  You go, Ed:  BALK!

jim-miller

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Bob in Indy
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Bob in Indy

No way I bunt DJ in the 8th and let the Padres take the bat out of Nolan’s hands.

EdtheUmp
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EdtheUmp

Thanks for the shout-out to me and my achy-ass, Jeem! My take regarding the next 12 games. If, and I emphasize if, we remain within a game or two of first place after the aforementioned 12 games I will order a small glass of purple Kool-Ade. Those 12 games will lead into a homestand that will make or break our hoped for playoff participation. Nine games with the NL West teams still in the hunt, altho the Giants are fading… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp

No surprise – Holliday up.

Our offense needs help so, so badly. I’m not sure Holliday is the answer (in fact, he’s probably not), but we’ve got to try something. NOW……………do not put Holliday in the OF. It will be horrible. PH – YES, YES, YES. 1B maybe 2 days a week. – OK. But no OF.

roxnsox
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roxnsox

Sorry carp – already – he’s in left! Desmond at first! We woulda flipped that one, Bud! Whaaaa??? Well, I hope he hits one onto Park Ave 🙂

roxnsox
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roxnsox

I suggest that Ian’s moniker be upgraded from UAI to FTM (Fair to Middlin’).

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Nice Allman Brothers reference. Well done.

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Huge series with the red hot Cardinals coming up. Let’s talk lineup for a minute: 1. I’m totally onboard with Holliday as a RHed pinch hitter, and at 1B a day or two a week. I’m not onboard with him routinely playing in the OF. 2. Dahl needs to play everyday (and he is – almost). 3. Ideally, Dahl should be in CF and Chuck Nazty in a corner OF spot. 4. Desmond and Cargo should platoon. 5. Since OF… Read more »

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“7. I think we’re stuck with Iannetta and Wolters. The positive here is that I think Bud and company have done a solid job of managing Iannetta’s time behind the plate so far – so he should be relatively fresh.” The Rockies were 25 – 15 when Wolters catches. At the time the Rockies were 11 games over .500 meaning that Iannetta and Murphy combined were one game over .500. I know that they have won at least 2 more… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp

ah-ha – Rockies tried to sneak Chris Rabago through waivers and the Yanks claimed him. Obviously making space on the 40 man for Holliday. But why Rabago, a potential 50 FV catcher. Why not Jordan Patterson?

http://baseballcensus.com/2018/01/22/colorado-rockies-chris-rabago-scouting-report-baseball-player-evaluation-video-january-2018/

Bob K
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I believe it was done to create an opening for Mike Dunn who is nearing time to come off the 60 day DL. He is currently on a rehab assignment in Albuquerque. Someone else will have to go to make room for Holliday.

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Regarding Catchers – the Yankees are trolling me. Rabago today. Odds are Rabago will never be a Major League contributor, but I sort of rated him 37th or 38th on our 40 man……not 40th. That’s just me. But, this caused me to have a flashback to this year’s amateur draft. I was all about drafting offense. My first choice was Travis Swaggerty…..but the Pirates snagged him at #10. We never had a chance. My 2nd choice was a switch hitting… Read more »

Bob K
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The Yankees managed to sneak Rabago through waivers and have outrighted him to AA Trenton.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/08/yankees-outright-chris-rabago.html

sdcarp
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sdcarp

The crazy moves (or the absence of no-brainer moves) by the Rockies Front Office are getting more and more national attention:

https://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/its-not-entirely-clear-what-the-rockies-are-doing/

rockymountainhigh
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It’s very clear why we don’t want Murphy to me. 3B? Nope. SS? Nope. 2B? Nope. 1B? Maybe but prefer McMahon backing up Desmond. Any OF? Nope. C? Can’t catch. Position player pitcher? Nope. PH? 3 ABs a week against lefties? Nope at his overpriced salary. I don’t get where they are going with Rockies as best fit. NO. NO. NO. NO.

Agbayani
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Agbayani

I’m not sure where the “poor defensive catcher” or “bad game caller” thing comes from with Murphy. He seemed perfectly adequate to me. Now the “strikes out way too much to be a regular” has something to it … Rabago: claiming a 25 year old .213 hitting AA catcher says more about the Yankees organizational depth at catcher than it does about the Rockies 40-man roster management.

Agbayani
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Agbayani

Oops, I realize you were talking about Daniel Murphy. Agreed on that one – we have 2 too many lefthanded hitters already

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

That’s how you ball, Rockies. Choke them to death with Freeland pitching tomorrow. Unfortunately Senzatela and Anderson our two weak links in that rotation are going against Cards this weekend. I bet we average 2 runs this weekend. We’ll be lucky to salvage one game. Luckily I’m gone this weekend for fantasy football draft (27th year among the same 12 owners) so I don’t have to watch this Rocky mess.

sdcarp
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sdcarp

sdcarp trivia question:

July 18th, 2018 – the mighty ABQ Isotopes chased opposing SP “X” after 2.2 IP. SP “X” had the following line – 2.2 IP, 7H allowed, 7 ER allowed, 4 BB, and only 2 K’s. Name SP “X.”

Agbayani
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Agbayani

Carp – thinking it must be a major leaguer on a rehab assignment. Bumgarner? The timing seems wrong for that but I’m coming up empty on any other prominent pitcher on a rehab.

sdcarp
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sdcarp

I appreciate the effort, and the fact that you didn’t cheat.

The answer is today’s Padres starter Joey Lucchesi. The Isotopes lit him up, but our “major” league offense managed a meager 5 hits and 2 runs over 6 innings.

Agbayani
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Agbayani

Ahh, thanks Carp. And how about yesterday? First, Dahl: HR and 2B, lefty on lefty. Pretty much all young lefthanded hitters struggle initially against LHP. Some (Blackmon) make the adjustment and that vaults them into a new category. It would be awesome if he can do it too. Second: Desmond, HR … against a RHP! One thing saber guys have taught me: you can never predict when a slump will end/a hot streak will begin. Let’s hope it’s happened again.

sdcarp
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sdcarp

My takeway from yesterday (being keenly interested in the “business” of sports) is how must ROOT (AT&T Sports Network……….or whatever they’re called now) feel about not selecting this game to be televised. I mean……..on paper, when this decision was made last winter, it makes perfect sense. Fast forward to yesterday though and you’ve got the Rockies squarely in the playoff picture + the Bud Black/Matt Holliday/Padres reunion.

roxnsox
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roxnsox

MLB Network joined it in progress at 2 pm, at least. From a business-model standpoint, one might think other sports networks would seek a way to have this late flexibility on programming.

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Good to know about MLB Network.

EdtheUmp
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EdtheUmp

OK boys and girls, here I go on my take for the weekend series versus the Cardinals. Obviously, big series with a VERY hot team. Hope we sweep or at worst go 2-1. But…I am stating IF we get swept, and it could happen, I will be able to live with it IF two events occur. First event…our bullpen does not blow a save if we have a lead after six innings. Second event…we stay within two runs after the… Read more »

roxnsox
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Ed, looks like all your events happened (except the late win), so I hope you are right that the weekend will not turn disastrous. Still hoping for 2 wins, as things are razor-thin in the NL race. And gosh and golly, what a load of runs they left on base. Championship teams have got to do better! Isn’t this a frequent Rockies bugaboo? Sheeesh.

Agbayani
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Agbayani

Well, tonight shows why you need to make those deadline/August deals if you want to win a division. Kevin Gausman: Colorado kid. Hasn’t been a great starter by any means. Really not much better than our in-house 5th starter options, Senzatela and Bettis. But …. maybe just enough better to hold the Cards to 4 or 5 runs through 5 innings instead of 7? That may win you a game, and a game may win you a division ….