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

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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.

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

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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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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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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… Read more »

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

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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… Read more »

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

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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 –… Read more »