Nolan Freed From Suspension

Nolan Freed From Suspension

When Luis Perdomo threw the baseball behind Nolan, it touched off a basebrawl that the Rockies, who were stuck in quick sand, got their fire raging across the mountainous region.  The Rockies have been 6-2 since the tussle, including the game basebrawl took place.  Colorado now stands in second place with a 11-9 record ahead of every hated rivals except the D-bax.  Considering that they were taking on a lot of water on their ship, they are fortunate to have a winning record.

Pitching was the name of the game in Colorado’s hot streak (six of last eight).  After winning the series 3-1 in the capital of the nation, they visited PNC Park where they have been tortured often. On Monday, German Marquez gave a quality start with six innings of two runs allowed.  With the bats thawing in the snowy weather, they jumped to a 5-0 lead allowing Bud Black to employ Chris Rusin for two innings and Otto for one inning (two strikeouts) to take the series opener 6-2.

Chettis toed the frozen rubber on Wednesday and gave the Rockies their best starting pitching performance of the year, going 7.1 shutout innings before handing the ball to the MSD High Crew to complete a 2-0 victory over the Pirates.

Kyle Freeland took the ball in the Wednesday matinee.  Chris Ianetta staked the Rockies to a 1-0 short-lived lead with a solo shot to center field.  Freeland was in cruise control until he issued a free pass with two outs and bases empty in the fourth inning.  He gave up five runs while recording only one more out after the free pass.  It’s all too familiar to the Rockies fans.  Freeland has not been efficient in any game that he started.  Soon Jeff Hoffman and Freeland will trade places as soon as Hoffman gets enough rehab starts in Albuquerque.

Chicago Cubs visit Coors Field this weekend for a three-game set.  I heard the tv announcer during the Cubs-Cards game this afternoon say that the Cubs’ bats will heat up when they go to Denver and take advantage of Coors Field.  It will be up to the Gray Wolf to find a way to avoid that one bad inning and earn the “ace” title in the opener.  Nolan returns to the lineup coming off a five-game suspension.  Tyler Anderson goes Saturday and Marquez will attempt to snuff out the Cubs on Sunday.

Despite disaster in the first two games of the season at Arizona, Colorado has a 9-5 road record.  They need to make Coors Field a place visitors don’t want to come to.  They are only 2-4 at home which resulted in a so-so 11-9 overall record.  They are 4-2 in one-run games which shows the investment in the back end of the bullpen made by Jeff  Bridich.  They are 9-11 in “expected record.”

Will there be any transactions this weekend?  CarGo is ailing and it would be a great time to bring up either David Dahl or Raimel Tapia if CarGo goes on the DL.  If we have a double-header due to inclement weather, it would allow us to borrow Carlos Estevez from Albuquerque.  Is Gerardo Parra going to serve his suspension starting tomorrow?  If so, we still have a short bench.  In my opinion, it would be beneficial to have Estevez and Antonio Senzatela trade spots so Senzatela can develop as a starter in case Jeff Hoffman and/or Kyle Freeland are shaky.

Basebrawl rekinkled Rockies' spirit

rockymountainhigh

Hometown - Champaign, IL College - Northern Illinois University, 1988 Sports Editor for my high school newspaper. Travels frequently - I can be found anywhere in the world.

17 Comments

    • sdcarp

      April 20, 2018

      RMH……here’s a name for your radar (via Jeff Passan):

      “The most amazing statistic of 2018 belongs to Gunnar Hoglund, a Florida prep right-hander who pitched in his final regular-season game tonight and has jumped into first-round consideration. In 47 1/3 innings this season, he has struck out 107 batters and walked 0.”

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      • rockymountainhigh

        April 20, 2018

        Walking ZERO guys -Yesl I want him as our first pick. Anyone else feeling like Riley Pint might be another Juan Morillo bust?

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        • sdcarp

          April 20, 2018

          IMO – it’s far too early to draw any type of conclusion regarding Pint, but, I do have 2 opinions regarding Pint:

          1. Every year for the last decade, baseball continues the slow shift towards relief pitchers (and away fro starting pitchers). I think shrewd teams realize (or will quickly realize) this and will be more willing to allow supreme talents like Pint focus on their strength (just throwing freakin’ hard) and make them relief pitchers. I’ll give you the following(young) examples – Archie Bradley, Josh Hader, Chad Green, Amir Garrett. Hopefully we won’t waste 5 years trying to make Pint something he may not be.
          2. I will also say this regarding Pint………I’d definitely be receptive to making part of a trade package to get the offensive help we need.

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    • Agbayani

      April 21, 2018

      Small game pitcher Jon Gray comes up small again in the series opener vs. the Cubs. So much for statement games. And the bullpen didn’t help matters. I expect Senza will go down shortly; he needs regular work to try to find a groove. And you know how I applauded batting Iannetta 2nd when the Rockies were in a lineup bind? I said “not a good idea long term.” And it still isn’t.

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      • sdcarp

        April 21, 2018

        My “Senza to the BP” mantra from last year isn’t panning out. I’ll own it.

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    • roxnsox

      April 21, 2018

      Jon is starting to look like he has the full yips – or not far from it. Anybody want to diagnose the problem(s)?

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      • sdcarp

        April 21, 2018

        Send him to John Smoltz (I’m serious). Had same issues. Worked with a sports psychologist during his 3rd season in the majors. The rest is Hall of Fame history.

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    • Agbayani

      April 22, 2018

      Carp –
      Despite my snarky comments about Gray (and I do believe he has a tendency to feel the pressure and respond poorly at this stage of his career), I’m really not worried. Why not? Well, it’s our old friend BABIP. The pitchers who’ve struggled:
      Senza – almost .400 BABIP allowed. Bring that down to normal levels and I see nothing different about him this year as opposed to last year. I do think he needs regular work though, and being the last man in an 8 man bullpen isn’t doing it.
      Gray – about .375 BABIP. And last year it was high too (.350 range). Why so high? Until proved otherwise (like major velocity decline, etc.), I always go with “bad luck.” Even a full season for a starter isn’t a sufficient sample to draw any other conclusion.
      – Dunn: I never liked the signing, and Bud clearly has little confidence in him, but he’s also up against a high .300s BABIP against in his tiny sample this year. He isn’t this bad, and he will have a hot streak or two at some point in the season
      On the other side of the BABIP coin:
      – Ottavino: sub-.100 BABIP. But that doesn’t really count against him since he’s striking out 2/3 of the hitters he faces so far this year. Neither of those will last, but let’s give him his due – he’s been fantastic.
      – McGee: sub-.200 BABIP. We know enough about him to know that this is good luck.
      On the hitting side:
      – Story: I think this is the real Trevor Story. Very high K rate. Better than average defensively. 25-30 HR power. Because he’s a good SS, he can carry that 90ish RC+, but still, you don’t want him hitting in the middle of the order
      – Cargo: this one is more troubling, since he seems to be settling into about a .265 BABIP range, which is really bad for a corner outfieldr playing half his games at Coors Field. But they’ve still got that problem of having to play too many lefthanded corner players against lefthanded pitchers. You could squeeze value out of him by using him properly, which, of course, they’re not doing, mostly because the options (Valaika?) are not appealing. This one’s on Bridich.
      Help on the farm?
      – Nolan’s cousin, Josh Fuentes, is gradually moving himself from “organizational player” to “fringe prospect.” I don’t know much about his fielding, but traditionally he’s been slow to adjust to each new level with the bat, but not this year. He’s started well for ABQ.
      – Noel Cuevas – same thing. Doesn’t look like any kind of impact player, but just because he’s righthanded he’ll get a shot. Supposed to be a well rounded ballplayer, kind of a righty Tauchman?
      – Tom Murphy: free Tom Murphy! Do we really need another feast or famine righty slugger? Well, in the abstract, no, but we do need some kind of offensive threat when Iannetta sits. Catchers do get nicked up, so I imagine he’ll get a chance when Iannetta or Wolters do, but we’re missing the value of his hot start.

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      • sdcarp

        April 22, 2018

        All good stuff. I’m serious about hooking Gray up with Smoltz for some discussions.

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    • Agbayani

      April 22, 2018

      Somehow forgot to mention Ian Desmond in that long “assessment” – Desmond has produced terrible results (RC+ of 20 so far, that’s 80% worse than the average player!), but he has a ridiculous .146 BABIP. Traditionally, he’s a .320 BABIP guy. BABIP is a skill for batters, and even assuming some dropoff with age, this is just horrible situational luck. Another signing I hated, but he needs to play as a RH bat, and he will come around at some point.

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      • sdcarp

        April 22, 2018

        I say “short side platoon” and we”ll see really nice results.

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    • rockymountainhigh

      April 22, 2018

      David Dahl and Noel Cuevas up and CarGo & Tauchman down. That is more like the real Rockies team. Next move we need to make is move Senzatela down and bring up Carlos Estevez.

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    • sdcarp

      April 23, 2018

      Two things to look for in the upcoming Padres series:

      1. Rockie killer Wil Myers is on a rehab assignment. Hopefully, we’ll miss him, but my money is on the Padres activating him at some point during the series.
      2. We’ve missed Franchy Cordero to date – he began the year on the DL. But he’s back now. Cordero is a Byron Buxton-esque type raw athlete. He’s going to strike out a ton – but when he makes contact – watch out. He’ll also be a major threat on the base paths (if he hits any singles or doubles…..at the moment he’s more of a strike out or HR threat).

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    • rockymountainhigh

      April 23, 2018

      Rockies 3-6 at Coors. Disastrous. I attended 3 games and I am 2-1 in games attended. Maybe I need to go in person more often.

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    • rockymountainhigh

      April 23, 2018

      Thomas Harding saw Harrison Musgrave arrive at Coors Field today. There is going to be a 40 man roster move real soon

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      • sdcarp

        April 23, 2018

        Looks as though the esteemed Mr. Harding was correct. Chris Rusin to 10 day DL, strained intercoastal. Carlos Estevez to 60 day DL…..elbow “strain.” Doesn’t sound good. So, Musgrave takes Rusin’s place as LHed “long” reliever.

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