Rockies Host Dodgers For Three Games

The Rockies opened the season with a 3-1 series win in Milwaukee against the scrappy Brewers.  The offense produced just enough runs in the first two games to hold off the Brewers 7-5 and 7-6 in the first two games.  Jon Gray and Tyler Anderson did not give length, but the bullpen was up to their task shutting down the Brew Crew in 8 plus innings over two games.  Gray and Anderson both pitched well but it did not show up in the ERA and W/L departments.  They both had BABIP against of over .500.

They fell flat on their faces in the third game Wednesday night giving up five runs out of six via the long balls in a 6-1 losing effort.  They took the series win Thursday afternoon despite the bats being frozen for most of the day.  Mark Reynolds and NoDo each had a solo homer for the only Rockies’ runs in a 2-1 victory.  For the third time in four games, BB turned to the Mike Dunn and Greg Holland combo to lock down the

 

game.  As you can see Agbayani made a very good comment regarding the difference between BB and WW.

The table setters and Trevor Story were non-shows for the entire series.  Who needs Ian Desmond the way Mark Reynolds is playing with two big HRs.  Gerardo Parra is better at the plate but he is still a POOTBLAN (Parra out on the base like a ninokomp (sp? help me!).  Dustin Garneau in his first game (the fourth game of the series) managed the game very well and tried to contribute with his bat.

Colorado opens the series against the Dodgers in the home opener on Friday at 2:10 p.m.  Kyle Freeland will make his MLB debut against Brandon McCarthy.  On Saturday the Rockies will find out how well our new ace Jon Gray matches up against Clayton Kershaw.  I will be at both games and then settle for watching the game on television Sunday in the series finale with Tyler Anderson tossing.

Rox return home in first place against Dodgers

rockymountainhigh

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20 Comments

    • sdcarp

      April 7, 2017

      sdcarp’s single random musing from that game:

      Bud Black sending out Oberg to faux start the 9th, forcing Roberts to annouce Utley, then Bud flipping to McGee is freakin’ brilliant. It’s a move a good MLB Managers make. But no way WW makes that move.

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      • sdcarp

        April 7, 2017

        I’ll just say this……we’re lucky that the Nationals flubbed the BB hiring pre-2016 season. We’ll never know for sure what happened there, but we’re the benefactors.

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      • Bob K.

        April 7, 2017

        Under WW, I think that the Rockies would have lost today’s game but may have done as well or even better in Milwaukee. I think that under WW the Rockies would have scored a lot more runs in Milwaukee because Blake Doyle would still be the hitting coach. If I remember correctly, Arenado had his worst offensive season when he was in Tulsa. I believe that Espy was the hitting coach in Tulsa at that time. I am not impressed with the Rockies hitting with Espy as their hitting coach.

        I am also not impressed that the go on contact play is back in use as runners keep getting thrown out at home.

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    • sdcarp

      April 7, 2017

      Giants bullpen blows another one. Keep an eye on that situation. It’s ugly.

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    • rockymountainhigh

      April 7, 2017

      Let me add one more thing about Freeland – he really fields his position betty well. Her had a few plays that a lot of pitchers wouldn’t make.

      I haven’t looked at the box scores yet for all games, but i don’t think we have an error yet. Especially pitchers.

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    • sdcarp

      April 8, 2017

      Tonight’s game feels like the biggest games played at Coors in 4-5 years (Home Openers don’t count). My only fear is that Grey will be over-amped and wild in the 1st inning. But if we can hang around, Otto, Dunn, and Holland are rested and ready.

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    • Agbayani

      April 8, 2017

      Our old friend and (sort of) founder Tracy Ringolsby has a nice piece on the official Rockies site about the bullpen’s strong start. And it is impressive. Fingers crossed of course – these guys need to stay reasonably healthy! But there’s a chance that this could be a really good bullpen. Holland, McGee, even Ottavino have had dominant stretches in their careers (sadly, Ottavino’s only lasted a couple months or so), and I’m convinced Estevez is on his way. Dunn is a solid lefty, Rusin will come back and either be a long man or perhaps push Senzatela to the pen where I think he could be very effective. And (don’t laugh) Qualls may provide some back end of the bullpen depth later on, and I think everyone agrees that Lyles has the talent to be a useful reliever if only he could put things together for a stretch. Now, the key is all the big guys – Holland, Otto, McGee – are injury risks, and Estevez is still raw, so things could go south fast. But for now, I’m enjoying the “you better get a lead on the Rockies by the 6th inning or it’s over” bullpen thing.

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    • Bob K.

      April 8, 2017

      Diamondbacks are installing a humidor. It is said to be ready in 4 to 6 weeks.

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      • sdcarp

        April 8, 2017

        Bob – I saw this story! This is what happens when you pay 200M for Zack Greinke and he sucks.

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        • Bob K.

          April 8, 2017

          They were talking about putting in the humidor about 4 years or so ago. management changes may have delayed the project but once it was established that the humidor at Coors Filed worked the Diamondbacks were listed as a prime candidate for the second humidor.

          The Greinke and Shelby Miller deals are the prime reasons there is new management in Arizona.

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    • rockymountainhigh

      April 8, 2017

      If r the Rockies beat Kershaw tonight, I will have the bus parked outside Coors. I will drive the RWOers to the ticket office for the playoffs in Rocktober.

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      • Bob K.

        April 8, 2017

        Goodman said that this was the first time ever that Kershaw gave up back to back home runs.

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      • Bob in WV

        April 8, 2017

        Better turn that bus around and get back to the stadium Sunday afternoon, rmh!

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    • Bob in WV

      April 8, 2017

      Great game tonight. All facets working against the “best pitcher in baseball”. If you had told me Monday morning we’d be up four games on the Giants come Saturday I would bet the farm against it. Lovin’ this start.

      Did any of you see what happened in Philly? It took Washington 68 pitches to get 3 outs in the first inning. Poor Jeremy Guthrie has an ERA of 135.0 (decimal point is correct). Ouch!

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      • Bob K.

        April 9, 2017

        Probably Guthrie’s last MLB start., 10 ERs in 2/3 of an inning. He was rewarded by being DFAed this morning.

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    • sdcarp

      April 9, 2017

      A few random musings from last night:

      1. Ottavino’ s velocity is good. Movement is good. He just doesn’t quite have it in sync yet, but he looks close.
      2. I like Cardullo. He has the makings of a classic, very worthwhile bench player.
      3. Is Puig the dumbest player in baseball history? He’s got to be right up there.
      4. Holland looked a little off. I was worried in the Van Slyke AB.
      5. You know the old baseball adage never talk to the SP. Well…..BB was in Gray’s ear several times. Probably a good thing because Gray was teetering on losing it a couple of times.

      Good stuff!

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    • sdcarp

      April 10, 2017

      Random musing from yesterday’s 6-10 defeat:

      1. First game of the season that I didn’t get to watch at least a few innings. Looks as though I picked a good one to miss.
      2. Jordan Lyles just isn’t going to make it, is he? He’s been given every opportunity.
      3. Saw where Riley Pint pitched 4 very solid innings yesterday in Hagerstown, MD. This included at least 3 pitches over 100MPH in the 1st inning.
      4. Padres rolling into town. I’ve already said several times, they have a nice, young offense. They have the ability to score runs. So the Boyz better bring their bats (it does appear that maybe Blackmon and DJ are breaking out a bit).

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