REBOUNDING FROM NATIONALS DISASTER

REBOUNDING FROM NATIONALS DISASTER

ROX IN SAN DIEGO; FINISH APRIL 16-10

The Colorado Rockies completed week 4 of their 2017 MLB season 3-4, taking 2 of 3 from the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix over the weekend after losing 3 out of 4 earlier in the week to the Washington Nationals at Coors Field, surrendering 46 runs during the Nats’ 4-day stay in the Mile High City.

The Rox headed into the week on a bit of a roll, having won 4 of their past 5 and coming off a sweep of the struggling San Francisco Giants.  They snagged the first contest with Washington 8-4, coming from behind after Tyler Anderson coughed-up a 3-run lead in his 6th and final inning.  On Tuesday German Marquez got his first 2017 start and the Nationals, who are an absolute beast, climbed all over the right-hander, dispatching him to the showers after 4 innings and 8 runs on 9 hits.  The Nats continued to pile it on from there, eventually winning it 15-12 as Colorado pecked away with 9 runs over the final 5 frames.  On it went for Washington Wednesday.  They scored 5 times against Tyler Chatwood early, then added 6 more over Chris Rusin and Agbayani’s buddy Chad Qualls.  Thursday afternoon the Rockies got 6 innings of 4-run/7-hit ball from Antonio Senzatela, and then Carlos Estevez and Jordan Lyles decided to throw-up a reprise of August, 2016, with the Nationals frolicking their way out of town 16-5.

It was a devastating smack-down by a clearly superior club, especially considering Monday’s win came with scheduled Washington starter Stephen Strasburg out on paternity leave and Bryce Harper taking the night off.  But Friday delivered a second consecutive quality start from the rookie left-hander Kyle Freeland, who gave-up a run on 6 hits over 6 innings, and Rusin, Adam Ottavino and Greg Holland followed with 3 innings of nothing but a walk.  Colorado scored single runs in the 1st, 3rd, and 7th innings to prevail 3-1, and while modest, the victory seemed nevertheless huge in the wake of the Nationals’ onslaught, and the Rockies followed it with a come-from-behind win Saturday, when Dbacks’ closer Fernando Rodney, the former Detroit Tiger, imploded in the 9th.  Even a sometime, minimally engaged Tiger fan can tell you Arizona was smoking some of that wacky Colorado tobacky if they thought Rodney had the potential to close games.  Rodney is the type of guy who can always get you 2 outs.  Tough luck if you happen to need 3.

Sunday featured a 13 inning 0-0 marathon that ended when former Rockie Daniel Descalso took the hapless Lyles, last man standing in a Colorado bullpen that had 3 people unavailable, deep to right-center for a 2-run walk-off.  Marquez followed the debacle versus the Nationals with 6 scoreless innings on 6 hits, and his work, in addition to that of Freeland, and to a lesser extent Senzatela, was the major development of note for the week.  Chatwood, despite an effusive glossing from Ag after his April 15 shutout, has failed to dazzle since, and Anderson is unfortunately starting to put some sample-size behind his 7.71 ERA.

Charlie Blackmon has shaken loose of his early season fumbles, had 6 RBI for the week, and is now hitting at a .290 pace. Mark Reynolds continued his strong start with another 5 RBI, Tony Wolters had a 5 for 13 week, and Pat Valaika was called-up from Albuquerque at the expense of the hated Steven Cardullo and came-across with 4 hits, including the single that started the wreckage against Rodney.  The much anticipated debut of prized free agent Ian Desmond occurred on Sunday at the expense of Cristhian Adames.  Desmond had a single in 5 appearances, seeming to find the Dbacks’ pitchers a bit more of a challenge than the teenagers he’d been ripping-up over at Salt River Fields.

Anderson (1-3, 7.71) gets the call tonight against Will Myers and his band of renegades.  He’ll face right-hander Trevor Cahill
(1-2, 4.50) in an 8:10 MT start at Petco Park.  The Rockies face San Diego for 3 before returning to Denver for a 10-game stand that includes more Arizona, the World Champion Chicago Cubs, and another dose of division rival Los Angeles.  Senzatela goes against Jared Weaver tomorrow and Freeland gets Luis Perdomo on Thurday afternoon, when there’s no TV.

jim-miller

Architectural Spec Writer Born Toledo, Ohio 4-9-55 Tiger Fan Braves Fan Rockies Fan

28 Comments

    • sdcarp

      May 2, 2017

      This article gets 4 – stars for using “Whacky Colorado Tobacky.” (the rest of the article is great also).

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    • sdcarp

      May 2, 2017

      Desmond = freak. Play him in RF tomorrow.

      Aaron Judge = super freak. That kid is crazy.

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    • Agbayani

      May 2, 2017

      And guess what team walked the pitcher again. Resulting in 2 “earned” runs that should be charged against Charlie Blackmon, badly misplaying two balls in the same inning. We need Dahl back, and he needs to play CF!

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      • sdcarp

        May 3, 2017

        Note Ramiel Tapia has been playing exclusively CF in ABQ (I believe I’m correct in saying that). I think the Organization recognizes that Blackmon’s speed is beginning to erode. It’s noticeable on the base paths.

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    • Bob K.

      May 2, 2017

      “Anderson (1-3, 7.71) gets the call tonight against Will Myers and his band of renegades.”

      Chatwood is pitching tonight. Anderson last pitched on the 29th of April and isn’t scheduled to pitch again until May 10th.

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      • Jeem

        May 4, 2017

        Rats. Sorry about that everybody and thanks for the correction Bob. I also had Strasburg on MAternity leave, but everybody probably thought I meant that as a slur!

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        • Bob K.

          May 4, 2017

          I did think the Maternity leave was intentional but just thought it was an attempt at humor.

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    • rockymountainhigh

      May 2, 2017

      Walked opposing pitcher again and lost the game right there for the 3rd or 4th time this year.

      It’s now 20 innings and counting since the Rockies last had a RBI.

      CarGo can’t hit or bunt against extreme shift. I mean all four infielders were on right side of second base. EMBARRASSING!! That’s my last straw with him.

      BB – 3 lineup changes need to be made. CarGo benched. Move Reynolds to clean up. Move DJLM to 8-hole since he’s oh-for in RISP situations for the entire season. Replace Story with Desmond for a week.

      Off to bed. Good night.

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    • sdcarp

      May 3, 2017

      When you walk the opposing pitcher, there SHOULD be at least two runs scored. It’s karma (independent of bad OF play). That being said…..we’ve got to be able to score more than 2 runs off Trevor Cahill and similar type pitchers.

      RMH – you know how I feel about this. Cargo should have been traded two years ago when he had some value. I think someone would have taken his contract (we wouldn’t have gotten much in return player wise, but would have had 15-20M per year to spend) OR we could have gotten a Prospect if we had eaten some contract. It’s too late now.

      The Rockies have come a long way under Bridich. Next hurdle, come to grips with understanding aging and “sell high.”

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    • roxnsox

      May 3, 2017

      Drew Goodman said he favored Charlie’s attempt to make that diving catch “because of the no-hitter.” I disagree. It was only the 6th inning, and with a 1-run lead, you’ve got to be thinking win the game first and foremost. One-run lead in the 8th and a no-hitter going? Maybe dive for it. Three-run lead in the 6th? Dive for it.

      I don’t understand the criticism of Blackmon in general. He is a fine center fielder who makes almost every play and plenty of amazing ones.

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      • roxnsox

        May 3, 2017

        I do agree that a younger guy like Dahl or Tapia is close on his heels and might soon be the better choice in the field. I want Dahl in left, though. And Tapia’s bat is nowhere close to Charlie’s.

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    • sdcarp

      May 3, 2017

      What if I had predicted on March 1st, 2017 that Antonio Senzatela would be the best SP for the Rockies in 2017 (BTW – I definitely didn’t tell you that)? You would have said – “sdcarp – you’re crazy!”

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    • Agbayani

      May 3, 2017

      These rookie pitchers continue to amaze me! I know … waaaay too soon to relax, but going 3 for 3 in successful transitions to MLB so far is just astounding. Depth wouldn’t hurt, and Jeff Hoffman is putting things together just in time: 6 IP, 2 R tonight, following his best AAA start last time around. And Desmond … how the heck did he arrive back in MLB after missing more than a month with his timing in place? He played a couple extended spring training pickup games. Remember when Clint Hurdle REQUIRED a minor league rehab assignment for every player coming off the DL? I guess that’s fallen by the wayside ….

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      • sdcarp

        May 4, 2017

        I think Desmond’s injury was one that allowed him to maintain fitness, continue at least lower body strength training, and throw. True….he couldn’t swing a bat, and he probably couldn’t catch/field until extremely late in the process. But he wasn’t starting from scratch when released by the Doctor. I’m holding out hope that Tom Murphy will be somewhat similar.

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    • Agbayani

      May 3, 2017

      Chad Qualls: let my bask in the glow of my accurate assessment that he’s still got some value! (This afterglow may expire at any time)

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      • sdcarp

        May 4, 2017

        Only if you allow me to bask in the glow of my Ian Desmond man crush,

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      • Bob K.

        May 4, 2017

        Really? I thought the Rockies added another one run victory and that Holland now has 12 saves. I might be wrong but I believe that the Rockies have 2 “blown saves” and that both of them belong to Ottavino and that in both cases, Greg Holland got a save in those games. The Rockies are now 9-0 in one run games. They only need to win 3 more one run games to have as many as they won all last year.

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        • sdcarp

          May 4, 2017

          In the strange world of reliever stats, Otto got a Hold and McGee the Blown Save today. I know….it makes no sense.

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          • Bob K.

            May 4, 2017

            That is just weird. They need to change that statistic anyway. How can you blow a save when you are eligible to get a save. It should be listed as a blown hold unless the pitcher would have actually qualified for a save and not a hold. To the best of my knowledge, they still only have two blown saves (holds) so far this year.

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        • rockymountainhigh

          May 4, 2017

          Yeah I know, I wrote this off as a loss before the game was over. I am trying reverse jinxing. So if I play Debbie Downer, the Rockies play better. That’s the superstition I’ve got going. 🙂

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    • sdcarp

      May 4, 2017

      Nice 4-2 road trip. Stole a game in Zona. Lost an extra innings game, won an extra innings game. Warm weekend on tap at Coors. The ball will be flying.

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    • Bob K.

      May 4, 2017

      All this failing to hit with runners in scoring position sure reminds me of why Espy was fired as the hitting coach the last time. I think it was a huge mistake to let Blake Doyle go. They were right up there at the top of the league in hitting with 2 strikes on them and scoring with 2 outs.

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      • rockymountainhigh

        May 4, 2017

        I’m not blaming Duane Espy. Remember, Jeff Salazar and Espy split the duties as the hitting coaches. Also in my very humble opinion, it is CarGo that is screwing with the rhythm of the lineup. He has been one big bad culprit and he’s going down hill fast.

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        • Bob K.

          May 4, 2017

          My understanding is that Salazar is officially Espy’s assistant. I don’t blame Salazar when everything that is going on is pretty much the same problems they had when Espy was the hitting coach before. The reason given for firing Espy the last time was the failure to hit when there were runners in scoring position. I also remember that Arenado’s worst offensive season was his season in Tulsa when he had Espy for a hitting coach. I have been expecting this kind of offensive season ever since Espy was named hitting coach.

          I have also been expecting the improved pitching ever since Bud Black was hired.

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