Push for the Wildcard

First – the facts. Rox 1 1/2 game up on the Brewers, 4 up on the Cardinals, 6 up on the Marlins. Let’s focus on these teams.

Rockies remaining schedule (28 games) – 2 DBacks, 3 Giants, 4 @ Dodgers, 4 @ DBacks, 3 Padres, 2 @ Giants, 4 @ Padres, 3 Marlins, 3 Dodgers

Brewers remaining schedule – 2 Nats, 3 @ Reds, 3 @ Cubs, 3 Pirates, 3 @ Marlins, 3 @ Pirates, 4 cubs, 3 Reds, 3 @ StL.

Cardinals remaining schedule – 2 @ Giants, 4 @ Padres, 3 Pirates, 3 Reds, 3 @ Cubs, 3 @ Reds, 3 @ Pirates, 4 Cubs, 3 @ Brewers.

Marlins remaining schedule – 2 Phillies, 3 Nats, 4 @ Braves, 3 @ Phillies, 3 Brewers, 3 Mets, 3 @ DBacks, 3 @ Rockies, 4 Braves.

 

Note that I’m not listing the DBacks. They’ve moved into a different zip code. They made a good move picking up JD Martinez. Couple that with AJ Pollock coming back from an extended injury absence, and they’ve essentially added 2 really good players to an already solid team. They also have a fresh Robbie Ray back from his scary looking head injury.

 

On the surface, the Rockies finishing schedule looks the toughest to me. But I’m wondering about the Dodgers mindset in September? They’ll be gentle with Kershaw. Looks as though they’ll rest Corey Seager at least the upcoming week due to a sore elbow. That’s the “good” news. The bad news is – can our really good run over the Giants in 2017 continue?

 

Our trusted friend Ag has been waiting for the expanded roster for a solid 2 months. Now the expanded rosters are here. I agree with Ag, we need to (and can) use this to our advantage.  Of course our real need is a consistent offensive spark from someone not named Arenado or Blackmon.

 

SDCarp

 

 

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roxnsox
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To riff on the last two RWO headlines: Going Anywhere (Nowhere)? And Push for (Dribbling Away) the Wild Card. I was sitting right up close last night (Friday), and the players looked generally leaden in their limbs and aspect. Sloppy. The pitchers made the fielders go to sleep with their pace and execution. Exactly the opposite of what I would hope and expect after the recent performances AND a day off at home. Those D-backs are good. One of the… Read more »

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The deepest possible fly balls to the wall (that didn’t quite make it out) certainly hurt as well. Credit where due: Charlie caught at least one of those off the opponent as well. And Daniel Descalso with a 3-run blast to seal it? Oh sheesh. Always kinda liked him…just one of those things…

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More credit: two of the best DPs I ever saw to keep the game close early. More blame: why can’t they hit with men on third (and/or second)?! This has been a LONGTIME problem! Why did they get one lousy run out of bases loaded, nobody out? OK, I’m done with my fractured summary from last night and my frustration. A month remains. Let’s go 🙂

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Carp, good points – after the trading season, I still think the Dbacks grabbed the biggest steal. JD Martinez acquired for really nothing; a couple C grade prospects who may never see the big leagues. JD has had a major impact on that batting order, particularly as Owings (who had a great first half) has been out. I do like the expanded roster, but Jeff and Bud: more please! They used Rosscup perfectly – one lefty hitter, one K, take… Read more »

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Desmond’s a big Meh for me. Maybe the sample size is still too small, but….

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OK, Rox 3=2 lead, top of the 6th. Lefty Span (already a HR) at bat. NO WAY BETTIS SHOULD BE OUT THERE!!! This is September expanded roster/try to squeeze out a wildcard baseball. Clint Hurdle, you wouldn’t have let this happen. Bud, you’ve got Rosscup, Dunn, Rusin, McGee — 4 lefties in the pen! And Bettis stays on to face lefty Panik. You’re killin’ me!

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Too late now with the tying run scoring, but .. Span is hitting .211 against lefties, 521 OPS … Bud would’ve been better off activating himself to pitch to Span than letting Bettis pitch to him.

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Cargo: 8th inning, tie game, leading off. Drew Goodman: “any way you can get on.” Melancon on the mound. Public knowledge that his arm is shot! Swing and miss at Ball One changeup in the dirt. Swing and hit dribbler at Ball Two changeup. Nice work, Cargo!

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Carp, the Brewers beat us at our own patented (2007/2009) expanded roster pitching strategy yesterday. Brent Suter, coming off the DL: 3 IP. 4 relievers: max 1 time through the order each. Beat the Nats, holding them to 2 runs. I hope to see the same from Chatty and the bullpen. Today: Cargo blew it on that at bat vs. Melancon, but had the sense to keep the bat on his shoulder for the bottom on the 9th walk-off BB… Read more »

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And Desmond at SS! I’ve been calling for that since June. It was pure stubbornness not to do it earlier since with the way Story is going and the depth in the OF (including Tapia if they bring him back soon) makes that our best lineup. Better late than never.

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Hello from the Cayman islands! I pray Chatty gives us 3 shutout innings. Ball 2 and deep counts on every batter tonight.

Broken record talking – we have to score 5 plus runs tonight and every game.

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Cayman Islands, RMH? A CAT 5 hurricane moving west and you’re thinking about Chatty going 3 shutout innings? (He did!). Fortunately if looks like you’ll likely be on the very fringe of the action. Stay safe, and I hope it isn’t a cruise that takes you to Miami later this week ….

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I’ve been watching the Irma track. Totally missing Cayman as of now. 🙂

No not on the cruise. Supposed to fly home via Houston Saturday.

Wednesday night, calm and clear. About 2 mph wind. Local forecast says sunny and hot thru Saturday. My sis and bro who were supposed to join us backed out 2 hours before flight due to Irma fears. (Too close for comfort for my sister.)

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I like carp’s suggestion that Senza is perfect for bullpen. Gimme 9 batters, 9 outs.

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RMH, fortune follows the bold! Have fun. On the baseball front: 9-5-17, the day Bud Black stopped worrying and learned to love the expanded roster. Way to empty the bench, Bud! Rosscup for the LOOGY out. Tauchman as a pinch runner, scoring the insurance run. Loving it. Now he just needs to get over his “Holland is my closer until his arm falls off” thing … Carp: please no Lucroy extension. Coors Field hasn’t really brought that bat of old… Read more »