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MARLINS ARE MENACES; TEXAS FOR TWO

The Colorado Rockies fell to the Miami Marlins 10-7 Sunday afternoon, dropping the weekend series with Miami 1-2.  Colorado took 2 of 3 from the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier in week 17 of their 2016 MLB season to finish at 3-3, still a game below .500 10 days after drawing even for the first time since the spring.  The American League West leading Texas Rangers visit Coors Field beginning this evening at 6:40 MT for the first of 2 in Denver, before the Rockies follow the Rangers back to Arlington, TX, for a second pair in one of these home and away series the MLB is using to enhance the interleague play spectacle.  Colorado heads to Philadelphia for 3 over the weekend to wind up a short 5-game road trip.

The biggest news of week 17 came before the first pitch was thrown, when the MRI results on Trevor Story’s jammed thumb revealed a tear of the ulterior collateral ligament, and an end to his rookie campaign.  Story had injured the thumb in a failed steal attempt Saturday evening in New York and sat out Sunday’s game against the Mets, with negative xrays generating optimism the shortstop would be back for Tuesday’s contest against LA.  But the doom came down several hours before Daniel Descalso made his initial stand-in role at the position, which Descalso will share with Cristhian Adames for the balance of 2016.

The Rockies went out and prevailed over the Dodgers nevertheless, using 4 RBI from Carlos Gonzalez and 5 scoreless innings from Jon Gray in a 7-2 victory.  Wednesday featured a 12-2 romp at the expense of rookie Brock Stewart, who surrendered 9 runs in a 4 frame outing, and bumped the Colorado record into positive ground, but on Thursday Los Angeles ran Kenta Maeda out for the afternoon contest, and the right-hander and three relievers held the local nine to a pair of lonely runs and a 4-2 loss.

Miami arrived Friday for three over the weekend.  Four Marlins pitchers held the Rockies in-check until the 8th, when singles by DJ LeMahieu, Gonzalez and David Dahl, and a double by Mark Reynolds put Colorado in-charge 3-1, but a closer malfunction by Carlos Estevez resulted in a 4-run Miami 9th, and the week’s no. 2 defeat.  The Rockies were back to romping on Saturday, getting loose against newly beardless former Padre Andrew Cashner for 5 in the 6th on their way to a 12-6 win.  Colorado was puffed-up and confident with budding ace Jon Gray set to go Sunday afternoon.

Gray (8-5, 4.26) was not equal to the task.  He got torched for 4 in the opening inning.  The Most Frightening Man in Baseball, Dee Gordon, led-off with a base hit and moved-up on a single by the exquisite Martin Prado.  Both came around on a double into the right-center gap by Christian Yellich.  After Giancarlo Stanton struck-out, David Dietrich singled to push Yellich to 3rd, then stole 2nd before Marlins’ back-up catcher Jeff Mathis singled to knock-in both runners.  Gray waded his way through the 2nd, and actually had a 1-2-3 3rd, but Adeiny Hecchevaria led-off the 4th with a single, moved to 3rd on a sacrifice bunt and Gordon single, then both scored on a Prado double.  After Yellich was retired on a line shot into the glove of left-fielder Dahl, Stanton lifted Gray’s first offering into the third deck in right-field, and the Rockies found themselves in an 8-1 hole.

They got 2 back in the bottom of the inning on a solo shot by Nolan Arenado and singles by Reynolds and freshly activated Gerardo Parra, and a force-play off the bat of Adames.  In the 5th LeMahieu walked with one out.  Dahl, who’s hit in all 12 of his MLB appearances, singled, and Arenado did the deed again, this time with a major 3-run fly over the center-field wall.  But Miami refused to be denied.  They got a run in the 7th off of Chris Rusin, who put in 3 nice innings in relief of Gray, and another in the 8th off of Boone Logan, but Colorado was only able to muster one additional score, on a 7th inning Arenado double, his 5th RBI of the game.

The run in the 7th off Rusin was scored by Ichiro Suzuki, whose triple constituted the veteran’s 3000th MLB hit, those coming on top of the 1278 he registered earlier in his career in Japan.  Ichiro became the 30th player in MLB history to reach the 3000 hit plateau, the 4th born outside of the United States.

The Rangers tonight will roll-out former Cy Young award winner Cole Hamels (12-3, 2.89) against Rockies’ rookie Tyler Anderson (4-3, 3.25) in a battle of left-handers.  Hamels has been strong, but he took a loss Wednesday night at Baltimore, giving-up 4 runs on 3 hits in 7 innings.  Hamels walked 4 and struck-out 6.  Anderson has been pretty steady himself.  Also out Wednesday for 7, he got the win over LA, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits, 6 strike-outs and 2 bases-on-balls.

Texas, managed by Jeff Bannister, will have newly acquired catcher Jonathan Lucroy in the 3-hole of its lineup, ahead of 3rd-baseman Adrian Beltre and the bantam-weight Rougned Odor.  Dahl gets his first MLB night off against the lefty for Colorado.  Right-handed Ryan Raburn will handle left, hitting 6th ahead of Nick Hundley and Adames.

It’ll be partly cloudy with temperatures dropping out of the 80°s at game time.  Wind’ll blow straight out at about 8 MPH and a potential thunderstorm could brew-up in the latter innings.  Drew and presumably Jeff will have the TV on ROOT, with Jerry and Jack taking the accounts on KOA 850.  1150 KRNV has the action in Spanish.

TEXAS (65-47)
Shin-Soo Choo (L) RF
Ian Desmond (R) CF
Jonathan Lucroy (R) C
Adrian Beltre (R) 3B
Rougned Odor (L) 2B
Jurickson Profar (S) 1B
Elvis Andrus (R) SS
Cole Hamels (L) P
Delino DeShields (R) LF

COLORADO (55-56)
Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
Mark Reynolds (R) 1B
Ryan Raburn (R) LF
Nick Hundley (R) C
Cristhian Adames (S) SS
Tyler Anderson (L) P

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rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

Tyler Anderson has it tonight. I hope bullpen don’t blow it tonight.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

You know where I’m going this time. Strike 2 and next 4 pitches missed by a lot in 8th inning. Cuz of that I know Texas will tie or win the game in 8th

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

Damn lucky Rockies. 3 more outs but cannot afford another walk. Buffoon will probably put in Wild Thing instead of letting Otto pitch to Beltran to get the first out.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

See? Big time buffoon …Otto would have gotten the first out easy.

ProgMatinee
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ProgMatinee

I hate Walt Weiss.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

FIRE. THIS. BUFFOON.

roxnsox
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roxnsox

They gave us a nice tease for a few weeks and a glimpse of hope for the near future. They’re just not ready. And it’s not all on the manager.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

Respect your opinion; but if u are in the hunt you have to be aggressive with roster moves. Carasiti and Moll are ready. Let Gopherg move up to higher leverage situations. You can’t be status quo if it isn’t working now. Buffoon doesn’t get it.

Bill
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I was clicking back and forth from Rockies and the Olympics so I didn’t see every pitch but I did see Otto get in trouble in the 8th and get out of it and I saw Esteviz get in trouble in the 9th and not get out of it. The Buffoon keeps running him out there and the results are the same. Most of his saves were when the Rockies weren’t really in the race. Once the Rockies got close… Read more »

Bill
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Bill

Last week The Buffoon said right after the game Esteviz was the closer. Tonight he said…“I’m not going to talk about roles after a game,” . by the way Walt tomorrow is a day game.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

I just saw the finish of Giants- Miami game. SFO have to thank the Rockies for making Miami empty out their bullpen. It showed tonight helping SFO win in 14 innings. Yes I hate losing, but I love it when they cause problems for other teams.

Wild Thing is 2-7. Buffoon still don’t get it.

NOCOgary
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NOCOgary

The once vaunted bullpen is blowing any chance for a meaningful September.Starters are giving a great preview for next year but the pain of these late losses is leaving a very bad taste to a surprising run.

roxnsox
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roxnsox

Yep. So close, yet so far.

sdcarp
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sdcarp

I think there’s a core “purple tinted glasses” issue going on: On December 28th, 2015 – the Reds traded Aroldis Chapmen to the Yankees. I made a comment in one of the Hot Stove threads shortly thereafter about outrageous a Chapman/Miller/Betances bullpen was going to be, Someone then responded by saying they’d rather have our Pen. I had to bite my tongue. Qualls was an awful signing. His Agent deserves some sort of prize for pulling off that deal. In… Read more »

Agbayani
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Agbayani

So Walt moves Ottavino back into the closer’s role (good!), but that means Estevez and Oberg have to be the 8th inning guys (bad!). Rearranging deck chairs …

… the real problem is, of course, the Holy Trinity of Acquisitions: McGee the father, Motte the son, and the wholly ghostly disappearing Qualls.

roxnsox
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roxnsox

Ha! Good one. But is the hellish trinity the real problem? Or only a uuuuuge part? Rearranging deck chairs for sure. Estevez is talented, but apparently too inexperienced. Oberg can throw 97, but apparently still Oberg. Etc. And Gary said the “once-vaunted” bullpen. Were they vaunted? When? (Swiss cheese memory working here) It’s so deflating to see these leads produced by good young starters and decent-to-wow offense being trashed. But as I said, the Rockies are not quite ready. (And… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp

I think one of RMH’s guys – Carasiti – will be a big contributor soon.

I have to channel my inner Earl Weaver every few weeks……bring up Hofffman and/or Marquez and let them pitch out of the Pen for the remainder of 2016. They’d gain valuable Major League experience, get a head start on 17, and bring far more talent to he table that what we have there now. It could easily be a win/win situation.

Agbayani
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Agbayani

Freeland to the MLB pen is the ultimate no-brainer. They need a lefty! McGee is worse than useless now, so another lefty would free up Logan to pitch the 8th or 9th. (By the way, here I go again … Logan is having a very good year, but much of that is luck driven … that started to change when he gave up his first HR in ages over the weekend, and check that .200ish BABIP. But he’s still our… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Want to read something absolutely crazy to kickoff Hump Day?

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/the-not-a-clayton-kershaw-comparison-comparison/

If that’s not enough to make you smile and temporarily forget about our bad Pen and Manager, I’ll also throw this at you – the mighty DSL Rockies are currently sitting on an 18 game winning streak!