INCHING FORWARD

INCHING FORWARD

DIVISION LEADING ROX HOST DBACKS AHEAD OF 9-GAME/3-CITY TRIP

The Colorado Rockies took the lead in the National League West a week ago Tuesday with the first of 3 wins on a home series sweep of the San Francisco Giants.  Yesterday they lost to the 2nd-place Los Angeles Dodgers 9-6 in a disappointing affair, dropping 2 of 3 to LA and slipping from a 1-1/2 to a half-game lead over the Dodgers.  The Arizona Diamondbacks have fallen-back to 2-1/2 games behind Colorado and visit Coors Field for a 4 game set that opens tonight at 6:40 MT.

There was plenty of drama in the 3 wins over the hated Giants.  Tyler Anderson, who had another shaky outing Sunday, got the pleasure of toe-to-toeing it with the legendary Madison Bumgarner Monday, and it really didn’t go too badly.  The Rockies ran-up a 7-2 lead over Bumgarner after 5, drip-drip-drip gave all of it back to trail 8-7, then Noel Cuevas singled Ian Desmond and Chris Iannetta home for a 9-8 lead that Wade Davis made stand.  Tuesday German Marquez went at Dereck Rodriguez, who turns-out to be the son of Pudge, and the contest went to the 7th tied at 1-1 before Colorado got loose trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the inning.  Ryan McMahon pinch-hit with 1 out and homered to tie things up 2-2, then Charlie Blackmon, Chuck Nazty, singled, DJ LeMahieu and Nolan Arenado walked, and Carlos Gonzalez drove the bunch home with a 3-run triple.  Gonzalez would eventually score after 3 additional bases-on-balls, and Adam Ottavino and Davis shut-down San Francisco for the distance of a 6-2 Rockies victory.  Antonio Senzatela got the start for Colorado on Wednesday and had a shortstop playing behind him who’d make all of the difference that night.  Trevor Story saw 9 pitches between the 1st and 6th innings and hit 3 of them into the grandstands, 2 up on the concourse in left-field, one the longest in Coors Field history, a cool 505 feet.  Harrison Musgrave got the win for the Rockies, 5-3.

2018’s last off-day occurred Thursday, and Friday brought Los Angeles to Lodo, Clayton Kershaw on to face Colorado’s Jon Gray.  It was a sloppy affair, tied 2-2 into the 4th, but the Dodgers took a 4-2 lead in the 5th on a couple of walks, a balk, and finally a fielding error.  Kershaw made it through 6, and 5 LA relievers followed him to the hill to finish-out the Rockies.  But Saturday saw Kyle Freeland on the mound for Colorado, and the left-hander continued his push for Cy Young consideration with six 1-run/4-hit innings.  The Rockies scored single runs in the 3rd and 4th, and a pair in the 5th to even the series with a 4-2 triumph.

Anderson was back yesterday and the Dodgers worked him for a couple on 35 pitches in the opening inning, and the day deteriorated from there as Los Angeles put up 2 more in each of the 2nd, 5th, and 6th.  Colorado got back runs in the 1st and 4th, and 3 in the 6th on back-to-back doubles by Chuck N and LeMahieu and a home run by the struggling Arenado.  It wasn’t enough— LA prevailed but the Rockies finished the week 4 wins over 2 losses.

Marquez (11-9, 4.05) leads Colorado for tonight’s opener down at the old ball park, facing right-hander Zack Godley (14-8, 4.51).  The Division rivals go at each other at 6:40 MT Tuesday and Wednesday as well— Senzatela gets Zack Greinke tomorrow and Gray goes at Patrick Corbin Wednesday.  Thursday’s matchup is an afternoon affair, Freeland versus Clay Buchholz at 1:10 in advance of the season’s final trip, starting Friday evening at 8:15 against the Giants at AT+T.

Milwaukee is up by 2-1/2 over St Louis for the inside Wild Card; the Cards lead LA by a game for the outside ticket.  The Brewers are in Chicago for 3 with the Cubs, then return to Miller Park for another 3 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  St Louis is at home all week; they have the Pirates for 3 then the Dodgers arrive for 4 on the weekend.  LA is in Cincinnati for 3 with the Reds ahead of the visit to St Louis, and the Dbacks head to Houston after their joust with the Rockies.

Buckle-up.  20 to go.

jim-miller

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I had the very great pleasure of watching in person as Freeland and Marquez pitched their last two games. Saturday was a nail-biter to the last Wade “OMG What’s Gonna Happen” Davis delivery, in a rocking sold-out Saturday night crowd; last night was a mellow (and worried?) Monday night crowd (until the bats erupted). Good times. Guess I better attend all remaining home games to continue the mini-good luck charm. P.S. I love David Dahl. I’ve said it before, I’ll… Read more »

roxnsox
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roxnsox

P.P.S. Go ahead, you Reds! Do it again, you crazy kids!

Bob K
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Bob K

Looks like Rusin is getting back into form just in time to be a big help. Excellent work his last two outings including two well pitched innings tonight. DJ comes through in the clutch again!!

roxnsox
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roxnsox

Oberg hasn’t been too shabby lately, either! MLB Network talking head was praising the Rox bullpen to the skies this morning. Funny, eh? Weren’t we bemoaning them early in the season?

Bob K
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What I saw is Oberg started the year great and that when he hit the kid from SF it really messed with his mind. That was when he tanked and finally was sent back to AAA. Apparently he got his “head” fixed at AAA and has been awesome ever since being called back up.

Unfortunately Otto is the one who has been having a couple of bad outings lately.

roxnsox
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roxnsox

I’m worried Otto is tired and that he won’t be able to pick it back up

Agbayani
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Agbayani

Jimboelrod, thanks for the link on DJ. I love these stories, and this one may be more than just “29 year old career minor leaguer given shot at pitching in the big leagues.” I’m hoping he sticks. Meanwhile: German Marquez has been nothing short of brilliant in the second half. Marquez-Freeland-Gray (obligatory reference here to “if Gray overcomes his big game angst”) is a damn impressive 1-2-3 punch. If somehow they can win the division and get the rotation lined… Read more »

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Agba and all the rest…agreed about the rotation, 1, 2, 3…however I am beyond concerned regarding “The Gray “OMG I’ve got to throw a strike here or I’ll be sent back to the minors” Wolf. The long screed between Gray and Wolf was lengthened due to the real word being somewhat profane and used only with RMH during private messaging. I’d like to use the feminine-sounding word here but I am much to classy to use it. /s With 19… Read more »

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Since I’ve only started paying close attention in the last few weeks (O’Dowd nearly killed my interest in the Rox many moons ago), can someone explain to me why Tyler Anderson is still in the rotation? Looks to me like he’s on someone else’s payroll. Just sayin’

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Freeland-Marquez-Gray and pray, pray, pray ….
… not impressed with Senza. He’s a perfectly o.k. 5th starter, but I don’t see him getting better this year. Anderson had a really good start and a really bad finish. I want to see Bud get more aggressive about patching 9 innings together with the rest of the expanded September staff.

Bob K
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Bob K

FYI, today’s game is being broadcast on Facebook today.

roxnsox
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roxnsox

That Facebook stream of the game was great! Very well done, and of course I was very happy to watch the game :). Now, as much as it gags me to say it – GO CARDS! I’m your biggest fan this series!

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Smoke and mirrors continue to work in favor of the Rockies with the other teams continuously hitting mirrors trying to get out of their mazes. The Phillies and D-bags are seriously hanging by the thread to make the post season. Guess what is behind Arizona’s freefall? BULLPEN DUMPSTER FIRE! Finally BB wised up and haven’t touched Bryan Shaw or Jake McGee with ten feet poles since we flipped the calendar to September. Instead we are using Yency Almonte and Harrison… Read more »

Bob K
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Bob K

As of today the Rockies are +5 in the run differential for the whole season.

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The Phils were my “surprise” WC pick preseason. I guess that pick sorta, kinda, maybe verified but is running out of steam quickly. I cited their BP as my primary concern. Last year (2017), I cited the Snakes BP as the reason they wouldn’t make the playoffs (the emergence of Archie Bradley in 17 made me look bad on that pick). But……it does illustrate a point a little bit, I’m guessing 25 of the 30 major league teams have significant… Read more »

Agbayani
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Agbayani

This is great! For the first time in a long time (all season?) we have all the big guys clicking at the plate at once: Arenado. Charlie. Dahl. Story. Even DJ. (Cargo, whatever we get from you is a bonus.) If we were talking NFL, this Giants series would be known as a “trap” series. They are playing awful baseball. They’ve given up on 2018. We are on the road after a 7 game homestand.

Bob K
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Bob K

You must have jinxed them since none of them bothered to deliver last night.

roxnsox
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roxnsox

Yep. Total trap series. The SF team was more than ready to stop an 11-game loser.

Bob K
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Bob K

Rosenthal says sign LeMahieu and trade Arenado. Use Rodgers to replace Arenado at 3rd.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/09/rosenthals-latest-rox-lemahieu-arenado-dodgers-os-ripken.html

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The season of “smoke and mirrors” is starting to unravel. Rox better “shake things up” or this season’s success will leave all of us (including players, coaches and manager) with a very bitter taste in our mouth. Dodgers are getting “hot” right when they need to and Rox are turning “cold” at the worst possible time. As I’ve said many times: I hope to hell I’m wrong, but the “pressure” of a pennant race on some of our young players… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

And the Rockies got shutout in the entire series. That means a sweep in LA is a must.

Bob K
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Bob K

You almost got it right. The Rockies did score in one of their 27 innings and just enough runs to actually win the third game of the series.

roxnsox
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roxnsox

Guys. (Girls? no others left?) Please stop with the Smoke and Mirrors. This team is good. They didn’t get here with smoke, mirrors, black cats, or by accident. They have good and bad games like every team. They are right in the thick of things when it counts. Have a little faith! Still two weeks to go! (And yes, the next 3 nights will tell much. Now get out the smoke, mirrors, black cats, and lucky charms. Purple glasses, purple… Read more »

Agbayani
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Agbayani

Big Game. Small Game Pitcher. (How I wish I were wrong)

Bob K
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Bob K

Gray was pitching good after being recalled and then Black made the idiotic decision to make Drew Butera his personal catcher. Each time Butera catches Gray he pitches worse.

Doc
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Doc

I agree that Butera should be out in the bullpen sharing his “vast experience”, but I don’t think he has much to do with Gray’s mental makeup. Gray is a head case that only Susan Sarandon can cure.

Come on, Kyle, shock the world tonight.

Bob K
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Bob K

Kyle Freeland made it clear that he prefers Iannetta and ever since, Iannetta has been his personal catcher. German Marquez has pitched better with Wolters and lately only Wolters has caught Marquez. Gray on the other hand has not won any games when Iannetta has caught him. He has won one game when being caught by Murphy but still has a losing record when being caught by Murphy. Interesting that after that one win, Murphy has not caught Gray again.… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

So the Rockies get shutout for the second straight game. They picked the worst possible time of the year to go 1-8 on this road trip. Today was the last time the Rockies sat in first place. So the season is over unless the Cardinals play worse than the Rockies.

Agbayani
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Agbayani

Working on 15 straight scoreless innings on this road trip. Can you say “Coors Hangover Effect?”

Agbayani
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Agbayani

Senza through 5 scoreless. Bud, don’t make the same mistake you did last time with him – you’ve got about an 11 man bullpen … use it!

Agbayani
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Agbayani

Of course Bud did exactly what he did last time … left Senza out there for the 6th inning, and guess what? It is playing out so far exactly the same way: runners on 1st and 2nd, nobody out, it’s all in Chris Rusin’s hands now. I get not trusting this bullpen and all, but come on, Bud … this is essentially playoff baseball NOW, you absolutely need this win, you need to thrown anything and everything at them to… Read more »

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