LOVE AND HAPPINESS RESUMES IN LODO

RMH BLOWS TOWN; ROX REEL-OFF 5 OF 6

Jon Gray held the Philadelphia Phillies scoreless over 6 innings.  Trevor Story and Ryan McMahon drew walks to lead-off the bottom of the 6th.  And light-hitting Ian Desmond and Tony Wolters delivered RBI singles and doubles respectively to put the Colorado Rockies up 4-0 and on their way to a 3-1 series victory over Philadelphia on a splendid spring weekend down at the old ball yard in lower downtown Denver.  Sunday’s victory brought the end to a week that started with 5 consecutive victories coming on the heels of 8 consecutive losses that capped an undeniably horrible 2019 Colorado start.  The Rockies tripped on Saturday, when Antonio Senzatela and those white veteran relievers in the Colorado bullpen had a smidge of malfunction, but Gray was feeling it the following afternoon, as he and 3 relievers limited the Phils to a single run for a 4-1 win.

The Colorado renaissance began all the way back on April 14, when the Rockies stormed out of San Francisco behind the German Marquez’ 1-hit complete game shutout, and continued in San Diego, where the promising Padres were swept away by a 6-2/3 inning 1-run/6-hit Senzatela season debut, followed by 7 innings of 1-run work by Gray.  Senzatela was backed-up Monday by Carlos Estevez, Scott Oberg and Wade Davis.  Gray’s Tuesday relief was delivered by Estavez, DJ Johnson and Seunghwan Oh, and I’ll say this about Oh:  I have no idea how his first name is pronounced, but his last name?  I’ve got that one down.

The Rockies loaded it up and headed out of California after Tuesday’s contest for a day of rest in Denver on Wednesday before getting set for Philadelphia, which made a lot of noise in the off-season adding veteran depth to its developing corps of youth, most notably the famously fabulous Bryce Harper, who undoubtedly relished the opportunity to taunt Colorado’s Nolan Arenado over the 3rd-baseman’s relatively punitive contractual arrangements.  Kyle Freeland, coming-off a couple of shaky starts, had his command all back together at Coors, delivering 6 shut-out innings backed-up by the Estavez-Oberg-Davis connection.  McMahon and David Dahl returned to the Rockies off the IL that night, and it was a jumbo one for McMahon, who launched a 3-run homer in the 6th, and backed that up with a 2-run shot in a 3-run 7th.  Dahl got back into business with a double the same inning, scoring on a Story sacrifice ahead of the blast by McMahon.  And Friday the pixie dust was sprinkled all over the park when Charlie Blackmon stepped-up in a 2-2 12th inning tie to hit with 2-out and Tony Wolters on 1st following a 1-out walk.  Blackmon dug himself an 0-2 hole, took one, and then launched a big banana over the center-field wall.  Rox Walk Off!

Not to be out-done, Chuck N’s next swing, the following day, produced a nearly identical result.  Sadly it was only an otherwise isolated high note among the Rox’ sole loss of the week.

Tonight it is more of the National League East, this time the Washington Nationals, former employer of the wondrous Harper, and Washington slips into Denver sporting a less than sparkling 10 and 10 mark, which while far better than the Rockies’ tally of 9-13, isn’t exactly striking fear into the 16-9 Seattle Mariners.  Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (2-0, 2.63) gets it for the Nats.  Colorado is countering for the moment with “TBD,” who has been getting an inordinate amount of action so far in 2019, and TBD is suspected to be a return from the IL by lefty Tyler Anderson (0-2, 11.0), although it’s awfully damp and cold out there this afternoon, so all bets are off for the 6:40 tilt in Lodo.  Freeland’s going to go again for Colorado tomorrow against our old buddy and fellow left-hander Patrick Corbin, late of the Diamondbacks, also at 6:40, and Wednesday’s fun will be conducted at 1:10 in the afternoon, Marquez starting for Colorado against Washington’s Anibal Sanchez.  Thursday is another off day in advance of the Rockies’ next trip east, first to Atlanta versus the Braves and on to Milwaukee for a pair against the fearsome Brewers.

RWO guru and lead purveyor of superstition RMH attributes the Rox’ current success to his vacation from the area, hopefully to some treeless steppe, where he promises to stay away until the current good fortune subsides.  Keep it warm in Lapland, RMH.  Do they have any daylight there yet?

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Bob in Indy
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I suggest rmh stay away all season. If the output rate that has occurred (7-1) since he left continues, the Rockies would finish 131-31. Of course, most of the losses would be to the Dodgers and they would somehow end up 132-30…before 4 losses in the World Series. So on second thought, you can come home, rmh. BTW, great game tonight after Anderson’s departure.

Bob in Indy
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I know Reynolds knocked in two to regain the runs lost by the supposed foul ball, but come on MLB. I brought this up last year and I’ll say it again here, put cameras on the foul poles facing upwards. It’s an easy fix to these towering fly balls curving toward the poles.

roxnsox
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That’d be good. And this ball was CLEARLY fair anyway.

Agbayani
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Wolters: Bob K. will like this – I took a look at his component batting stats. Small sample, etc., etc.. But … so far his batting average and slugging percentage are up BECAUSE HE’S HITTING THE BALL BETTER! Not just a fluke – his line drive percentage is up, his grounder percentage is down. Will it last? Probably not quite like we’ve seen in 2019 so far, but if he can even be an 85 RC+ guy (that is, 15%… Read more »

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According to the announcers, the reason that Wolters is hitting better is because he is being consistent in his approach. Prior to this year he was said to be a tinkerer that was constantly changing his mechanics. Side note is that Arenado placed high praise on Magadan and Salazar for helping him (Arenado) get back on track this year. Tapia has always been a good hitter. It’s his baseball IQ that has bothered me. In the past he made too… Read more »

roxnsox
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Tapia is a different guy now. Brilliant (?!) outfield plays. Keep that going, and his hitting too – of course that will regress to the mean, but what fun it’s been the last week! – and we all may have been wrong to give up on him.

sdcarp
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I have a friend that calls him Tilapia – I’ve adopted that, I love it.

Pushing Desmond closer and closer to the bench. A good thing.

roxnsox
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roxnsox

I had the same thought about Mr. Biggest Bust Ever! Man, it must suck to be a GM who makes a deal like that and sees it flame out.

Agbayani
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Rockies have climbed right back in it, and in only a couple weeks! Yeah, the Dodgers, if healthy, really should put away the NL West. But the wild card is just as much in play as it was last year. None of our expected competitors are running away either – Brewers, Cubs, Phillies/Mets/Braves: they’re all right around .500 too.Tonight’s comeback win was inspiring, but we still see a couple persistent problems. Top 9, down one run, Dahl on second, nobody… Read more »

Bob in Indy
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Anybody else notice that in his 9th-inning AB last night and his pinch hitting AB today, Tapia struck out twice and not one of the twelve pitches he saw was in the strike zone. And no, the umpire did not make any erroneous calls. Raimel took four balls but swung at the other eight out of the zone.

Doc
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That’s a typical at bat for him. His hits always seem to come on balls out of the strike zone. He’s another AAAA player who should have been traded this winter. I cringe every time the ball is hit in his direction–it’s always an adventure, and last night he misplayed that fly ball into a Rockies loss. Marquez lost his no hitter and then his concentration with that.

roxnsox
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Black holes like Tyler Anderson and Ian Desmond may kill our chances this season. There seem no good replacements.

And, you’ve got to win when you have the bases loaded with nobody out, down by 2. Got to.

Bob K
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Tony Wolters appears to be a much improved hitter this year. After last night he is currently hitting .292 behind Dahl’s .345. He has 6 doubles, an OBP of .346 and an OPS of .763.

https://tinyurl.com/Sortable-Player-Stats

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Bob K brought this up recently. Another mock draft out today via MLB.com:

https://www.mlb.com/news/mock-draft-beginning-to-take-shape

Agbayani
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Help on the farm? Here’s what to watch: -Brendan Rodgers is putting up some impressive numbers. But … so is everybody else in Albuquerque. ABQ (and much of the PCL) is playing almost like a good old days pre-humidor, pre-PED testing league. Rodgers: 1.012 OPS. But: Noel Cuevas: 1.217. Guys like Dom Nunez who haven’t hit much since low A ball? 1.045. And, umm, Pat Valaika: .354 average, 1.121 OPS. A light hitting career middle infielder named Elliot Soto is… Read more »

sdcarp
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The El Paso team is freaky. Fangraphs just listed San Diego’s top Prospects. They listed 55! SD has 13 (that’s right, 13) Prospects with a FV of 50 of greater.

roxnsox
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roxnsox

What a loony game Tuesday! 24 strikeouts? Six players struck out three times? Sale is unhittable but the Rox win anyway? Mark Reynolds is clutch? (Well, he is, but he wouldn’t be the pick…) Nolan and Charlie do their thing late in the cold and hostile environs? I love baseball. Are we worried about Kyle? I am. Quite the steep dropoff from last year – the last TWO years – and it’s gone on for awhile now.

Agbayani
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Worried about Freeland? Nah. Same velocity, same K rate, similar BB rate … but getting killed on the long ball/HR rate. Way, way too soon to think that’s anything other than a statistical blip (and, of course the “juiced ball.”). He tricked us last year by coming in with better old fashioned stats than his FIP, etc. He’s never been an ace type, but I look forward to a big turnaround in the second quarter.

Bob K
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It took him awhile to get going last year too.

Meanwhile Wolters is now hitting over .300.

roxnsox
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roxnsox

Great. I guess the home runs had me addled (and as you know, I don’t drill down on stats. Maybe I should do that a little bit before letting eyeball-and-emotion conclusions come out of my mouth.)

roxnsox
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Rodgers coming up tomorrow! Hoping for a spark.

Bob K
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https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/05/rockies-expected-to-promote-brendan-rodgers.html

Rodgers will have to be added to the 40 man roster. There is an open spot since they DFAed Drew Butera.

Bob K
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Rodgers has been called up today. Jake McGee has been activated from the IL. D.J. Johnson and Pat Valaika have been optioned to AAA.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/05/rockies-expected-to-promote-brendan-rodgers.html

Ty Cobber
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Ty Cobber

Interesting insider article. Iniiials made it fun for someone I’m sure. When do the adults get home?

Bob K
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Bob K

Arenado hits game winning home run for 1000th career hit. He also passed Troy Tulowitzji on the Rockies career doubles list.

https://www.mlb.com/rockies/news/nolan-arenado-1-000-hits

Jeem
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I wake up this morning with the distinct recollection I’ve used that Oh joke before. A sign I’ve been doing this too long.

I agree with Bob in Indy and am concerned about Anderson. And now Freeland down. After a couple innings by Bettis. Who’s it going to be tonight?

Agbayani
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Agbayani

Jeff Hoffman. Ugh. And the early returns aren’t good. More of a social promotion for Hoffman since he’s put up awful numbers in ABQ, but (1) he’s already on the 40 man roster; and (2) he was on normal rest. Hoffman hasn’t improved at all since we first got him in the Tulo trade.

Bob K
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Bob K

Daniel Murphy activated from the IL and Hoffman optioned to AAA.

Bob K
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Bob K

Rockies trade IF Hunter Stovall to Phillies for LHP James Pazos.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/04/rockies-acquire-james-pazos.html

Bob K
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Bob K

The Foltynewicz curse continues. Any time that Foltynewicz pitches in a game against the Rockies, the Rockies win the game. It does not matter which team he pitches for, the Rockies win. He may not get a loss but the Rockies get a win.

This was also the eighth straight time that the Rockies have won in Atlanta’s new stadium.

rockymountainhigh
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Finally I’m back on RWO after a couple of weeks because I keep getting the “access blocked cuz of violating the internet policy agreement”. Finally the message disappeared. Yep, I see why – I was getting blocked while the Rockies were winning and now I get unblocked after second straight loss. I managed to watch the Rockies games on MLB.TV and it’s so obvious that Tyler Anderson has to be gone forever. I saw somewhere and I don’t remember the… Read more »

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I’m going to have a sit in strike at the Rockies headquarters if the Rockies hang on to Tyler Anderson for one more inning. He has been batting practice pitcher since last summer and the whole world knows it except Rockies FO.

Bob K
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Anderson has an option remaining so there is no reason that he can’t be sent to Albuquerque. Of course the Rockies may think that they do not have an acceptable option remaining at AAA. Hoffman is not any better than Anderson. Anderson’s last game in the regular season of 2019 (Sept. 30) was 8 innings of shut out ball against the Nationals. Unfortunately it looks like he only had 7 games during the whole season where he pitched really well.… Read more »

Agbayani
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Agbayani

Anderson has been awful. But … when I look at his component stats, I don’t see any of the red flags that say “he’s done” or “he must be injured.” Velocity? About the same as the last couple years. Strikeout rate? Actually higher than ever. Meanwhile: he’s getting killed on balls in play (generally luck) and HRs per flyball (luck mixed with skill). It really does seem like one of those “he’s just missing location/getting the ball up in the… Read more »

Bob K
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Bob K

As poor as Anderson pitched, it was the 5 runs given up by the bullpen that cost the Rockies the game.

sdcarp
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sdcarp

He needs to simplify his windup. Too much going on (meaning too much that can go wrong).

Bob K
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Bob K

Anderson optioned to AAA. Musgrave to the 10 day IL. Almonte and Johnson called up.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/05/rockies-option-tyler-anderson-place-harrison-musgrave-on-il.html

Bob K
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Bob K

Rockies activate Chris Iannetta from the IL and DFA Drew Butera.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/05/rockies-activate-chris-iannetta-designate-drew-butera.html

Gerardo Parra’s stint with the Giants is about to be over as they are getting ready to DFA him.

Agbayani
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Agbayani

Thank goodness Tapia is swinging the bat well so far this year. Otherwise Bridich would be looking to sign Parra again. One great thing that’s happening this year (with mixed results so far): the new guys are getting to play. So far, Tapia and Wolters have made strides; McMahon has been marginal as a hitter, but guess what? He looks really comfortable at 2B now, and about 15 games worth of advanced defensive stats (not much!) show he’s been well… Read more »

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sdcarp
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Thanks Bob. Trust me, I’ve been monitoring these!!! Few quick comments: 1. I wish the #2 C in the Draft, Shea Langeliers from Baylor, would slide to the Rox. The mock you have linked has him at #9 to the Braves. I’ve seen him as low as #15-#18 range, but not lower than that…..and the Rox pick at #23. He’s the consensus #1 defensive Catcher, and an all-around tough guy. 2. For at least 2 years, Scouts have been saying… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Things I know about the Rockies after 1+ month: 1. Tapia (I have a friend that calls him Tilapia, and I’ve sort of adopted that) should play virtually everyday. 2. We need a #3/#4 type SPer. I think Marquez is a #1, Freeland will get right and be a #2/#3, Gray looks better (a solid #3), and Senza strikes me as a #5. We’ve got a hole in there. 3. I think we have the pieces to make the BP… Read more »

roxnsox
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Things I think I know about the Rockies on May 9 after a gut-wrenching 12-11 win, with apologies for the broad strokes, unlike your more fine-grained analysis: This team is discombobulated, all over the track, skidding around and lucking into wins and bad-lucking into losses. There seems no sharp focus nor cohesiveness. Nolan seems the only steady piece, with place and show to Charlie and Trevor. How in the world did Wade Davis set the team record for saves last… Read more »

Bob K
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The Yankees have so many players on the IL that former Rockie Mike Tauchman is getting regular playing time. Tauchman hit a 2 run homer tonight to add insurance runs to the RBI from DJ LeMahieu in tonight’s win over the Twins.

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From MLBTradeRumors: “Veteran backstop Drew Butera cleared waivers and was assigned outright to Triple-A Albuquerque, per a club announcement from the Rockies. While Butera could have rejected the assignment in favor of free agency, The Athletic’s Nick Groke tweets that the 35-year-old will accept the assignment and remain in the organization. Butera went 3-for-17 in his brief run with the Rox this season and has never hit much in the Majors aside from an outlier 2016 campaign with the Royals.… Read more »

Bob K
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I believe that Bryan Shaw has let Coors Field get into his head. He seems to be pitching well on the road but not so at home. Shaw has a 0.00 ERA in 11 IP on the road. After last night he has a 6.23 ERA in 13 IP at home. They should trade him now or just never pitch him at Coors Field.

Bob K
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Hampson optioned to AAA. Valaika expected to be called up.

https://www.mlb.com/rockies/news/rockies-option-hampson-to-call-up-valaika