SEPTEMBERING

SEPTEMBERING

TAPIA, MURPHY UP;
GIANTS VISIT AMID DOSE OF DBACKS, PADRES

The Colorado Rockies lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday afternoon, imploding late after 6 strong innings from Jon Gray (9-7, 4.51).  Colorado dropped 2 of 3 to the Diamondbacks after taking 2 of 3 from the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday and Wednesday to finish week 21 of the MLB season even at 3-3.  The San Francisco Giants visit Coors Field for 3 starting this afternoon at 2:10 MT.  The Rockies head to San Diego Thursday for 4 with the Padres and loop back through Phoenix for 3 final shots at the Dbacks before returning to Denver September 19 to close-out their 2016 San Diego slate.

Colorado continues to search for the mojo that brought it surging out of the All Star break, and late-game disappointment continues to be the primary opposing culprit.  The week started positively enough with an 8-1 win over Los Angeles behind Gray, who threw 111 pitches in 6 innings, striking-out 8, and 3 relievers.  Those good vibes were extended until late into the invisible double header that occurred Wednesday after a rainout the previous night.  Tyler Anderson was nails for 6-1/3 of a shutout in the day-game that included Chris Rusin, Boone Logan and Carlos Estevez, and the Rockies had an 8-2 advantage after 7 innings of the nightcap when the wheels fell off and Matt Carasiti and Estevez gave up 3 in the 8th followed by an Adam Ottavino malfunction in the 9th that included an Andrew Toles grand slam.

Undaunted, the Rockies went back at it Friday, reinforced by the additions of outfielder Raimel Tapia and catcher Tom Murphy, up from Albuquerque along with right-hander Christian Bergman.  Pitchers Tyler Chatwood and Justin Miller returned from the disabled list, and Jorge De La Rosa had a rough start, surrendering 5 unearned runs in 5 innings, before the Colorado offense exploded for 6 in the 6th and 7 in the 9th to paste a 14-7 defeat onto Arizona.  Chatwood got the start Saturday and lasted only 5, departing with 6 in the column against him.  Bergman only made it worse, allowing another 3 in relief of the righty as the Rockies went down 9-4.

And yesterday Gray was cruising along nicely, into the 7th on only 67 pitches this time, leading 2-1 when Jake Lamb singled with one out.  Yasmani Tomas and Brandon Drury followed with singles, scoring Lamb, then Socrates Brito lifted the first thing he saw from Gray into the Colorado bullpen, putting the Dbacks in front 5-2.  The Rockies would answer with one in the bottom of the inning and 2 in the 9th, but the ‘pen couldn’t restrain Arizona, which managed 2 over Estevez and Rusin in the 8th and one off of Miller in the 9th.

Chad Bettis (11-7, 5.17) gets the call against San Francisco for the holiday afternoon, facing Giants’ lefty Matt Moore (9-10, 3.88).  Bettis was out August 28 versus Washington and got a victory, giving-up 2 runs on 5 hits in 7 innings.  Bettis struck-out 6 and walked one in the 5-3 Colorado win.  Moore was out Wednesday and also got a win, over the Dbacks.  He went 5-1/3, allowing a run on 3 hits and struck-out 7.

Moore will be backed-up by a lineup that appears to have all of the pieces except Buster Posey in place for San Francisco, which trails LA by 3 in the NL West and is a game and a half up on the first playoff wild-card.  The Giants outfield will feature Denard Span leading-off in center, Angel Pagan hitting 2nd in left, and cleanup man Hunter Pence in right.  Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon has missed the last two with a back strain, and he’s out again.  Tapia’s got his spot leading-off in center.  Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez will go 3-4 at 3rd-base and in right-field, and Stephen Cardullo gets the call at 1st-base, hitting 7th.

Hot’s the word for the Labor Day contest, about 89° at game time with a brisk 9 MPH breeze blowing straight out.  ROOT’s got TV for the day-game, for a change.  KOA and KRNV have the radio at 850 and 1150 am respectively.

SAN FRANCISCO (73-63)
Denard Span (L) CF
Angel Pagan (S) LF
Brandon Crawford (L) SS
Hunter Pence (R) RF
Joe Panik (L) 2B
Eduardo Nunez (R) 3B
Brandon Belt (L) 1B
Trevor Brown (R) C
Matt Moore (L) P

COLORADO (65-71)
Raimel Tapia (L) CF
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
Ryan Raburn (R) LF
Nick Hundley (R) C
Stephen Cardullo (R) 1B
Cristhian Adames (S) SS
Chad Bettis (R) P

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roxnsox
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roxnsox

They are holding true to their “play up or down to the competition” pattern (1 of 3 from the D-backs? Ugh). But I’m not complaining a bit about today’s really nice win, with Bettis going complete game 2-hit shutout and Cargo bringing his streaky self in a good way! And the Giants look pretty disarrayed – J. Dean must be loving that:)

rockymountainhigh
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I want to sweep the Giants! Tomorrow I’ll be at the game and hopefully I bring great luck. I can see Tyler Anderson going 7 Tuesday night.

Agbayani
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Post-Holiday Weekend Optimism Post: those of you who’ve been with me from the start of RWO (and ITR before it!) will be familiar with my always-wrong projection that the Rockies will “this year” — really, it’s coming THIS YEAR — have four league (NL) average starters and just need to find an ace. Guess what? “This year” came THIS YEAR. Here’s some quick numbers: NL starters, minimum 80 innings pitched (yeah, I rigged that to get Tyler Anderson qualified), Fielding… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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That would work great if the bullpen can give us a 75-1 record when leading after 7 innings. And 80-1 record when leading after 8 innings. Else rotation all for naught.

Bob K.
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Bob K.

Paulsen and Ynoa DFAed. Pat Valaika, Jordan Patterson, Dustin Garneau, Eddie Butler and German Marquez called up.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2016/09/ben-paulsen-dfa-rockies-rafael-ynoa.html

Bob K.
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OT – Ubaldo Jimenez has been having a rough year but yesterday threw a complete game win for the Orioles. It was their first complete game of the year. It wasn’t as good as Bettis’ since he did give up 3 runs and was nearly out of the game in the first inning.

Agbayani
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Agbayani

Thanks for the updates, Bob. I’m looking forward to seeing Marquez (relief? or 6-man rotation?) and Patterson. Also it looks like Carp may get his Butler to the bullpen move, at least for September. RMH, on the bullpen ruining the fine performances of our starters: I’ll revert to my other annual statement — it shouldn’t be that hard to put together an adequate bullpen. As with the starters, my predictions here have been ridiculously wrong (mostly a consequence of who… Read more »

sdcarp
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Good stuff! Thanks for the updates.

Regarding Marquez, 6 man rotation, Hoffman and Chatwooc – given their (Hoffman and Chatwood) recent TJs, a 6 man rotation for September makes a lot of sense.

Agbayani
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Agbayani

Walt is so spooked by his bullpen’s failures that he’s sticking with his starters longer than I think he should. No reason to have Anderson — not exactly a model of sturdiness until this season — go over 100 pitches in a meaningless game in September. And too bad Freeland wasn’t one of the call-ups … I sense a McGee situation later tonight.

Bob K.
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Bob K.

The announcers said that Freeland was not called up because he has already pitched over 100 more innings than he did last year.

Bill
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Bill

I only watched the last two or three innings tonight. When of course the Rockies blew the game. But this game showed the Rockies ineptitude, or shall I say management’s and the manager’s ineptitude in having adequate replacements at SS and 1B. Descalso in NOT a SS and there is a reason why for the last 100+ years 1B are tall. Having Parra who is perhaps 5-8 playing 1st is a joke. Nothing against short people. I’m not Randy Newman… Read more »

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Getting W-A-Y hypothetical: Remember last week when some Beat Writer mentioned the Rox were talking to Cargo about a long term deal. Purple Row linked the article. There were 100+ comments. All sorts of speculation. Stuff like 6 years, 150M. Essentially, 3rd hand info at best, perpetuated through the Internet. The very definition of unreliable. But……..just for the sake of conversation, what if it’s at least somewhat true? I noted several times I think it’s a horrible idea. I’m willing… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

WW has to go. Last night not once but twice he played for the sacrifice instead of the win by playing the infield back instead of in during 8th and 9th ínnings. The season is over and you play for the win.

Bob K.
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Another questionable practice by WW. David Dahl has been hitting .321 against left handed pitchers since he was brought up. WW didn’t have any choice but to play him against lefties when he first came up but in recent games he has been using Raburn against lefties and sitting Dahl. Raburn is hitting .236 against lefties. It cost them a run the other day when Raburn let a fly ball drop in front of him for a hit when I… Read more »

Agbayani
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Agbayani

Bill, the only reason Parra is playing is that Monfort/Bridich saw fit to pay him about 8 million bucks every year through 2018. It was an idiotic signing from the get go. Parra is (1) a lefty hitter in an OF stocked with lefty hitters; (2) coming off consecutive near-replacement level seasons. Now he’s outdone himself, posting a NEGATIVE 1.1 WAR. You quite literally would have been better off with any waiver wire outfielder (Brandon Barnes, Stephen Cardullo, whoever) than… Read more »

roxnsox
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roxnsox

Hopefully Gerardo has a nagging injury from that (amazing) set of splits at first, and will be shelved. Gosh, I don’t like myself when I wish ill on a fellow human, but hopefully it’s minor-but-nagging.

Bill
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I have to admit that I thought that Parra was an ok signing. When he played for the D-backs he seemed to kill the Rockies both at the plate and in the field. Obviously this year he’s a much different player and unless they can pawn him off to somebody they are stuck with him for two more years! Yikes. The only hope for getting rid of him is if some team in the playoff race (and really in the… Read more »

Agbayani
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Agbayani

About the only good things I had to say about singing Parra were: (1) it isn’t such a huge contract that it would have a significant impact on the Rockies ability to compete; (2) even if he isn’t starting quality, he should be an acceptable 4th outfielder throughout the life of the contract. I’m starting to wonder about (2). This will be his third really poor season in a row. That 4 WAR season in Arizona in 2013 is looking… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp

I’m not letting go of my crazy Freddie Freeman scheme easily. Freeman is under contract through 2021. +/- 21M per year for 17/18/19/20/21. He’s 26 now. So at the end of 21 he’ll be 31 (essentially Cargo’s age now). I can see the Braves wanting to shed that contract. So what if Boston (with Big Popi retiring and an ultra deep Farm) is team “X.” They get Cargo. They send the Braves two prospects. Perhaps we have to kick in… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

When the Giants have a dribbler that barely gets past the mound for a double, it’s not your night at all. Just means Rockies are no shows tonight. No offense during the home stand except Labor Day game. Sounding like a broken record but WW has to go. I think it’s like 3rd straight year he had losing record at home. Too passive.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

And eff the Giants. Whoo hoo!

roxnsox
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roxnsox

Rox! Walk! Off! 🙂 Nice that it was Adames, too. Good on ya, kid.

Bill
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Bill

Last night (I think it was last night) Cargo again showed why he should play right field and not left field (talking to you Jim Tracy) or 1B. His arm is a cannon and would largely be wasted at 1st. If I remember correctly, and I watch a ton of baseball last night, he held Hunter Pence from scorning from 2nd on a 2 out hit to right! We’ve been spoiled in Denver by watching the Big Cat, Helton and… Read more »

Bob K.
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What is scary is that the Rockies have determined they do not have a place in the outfield anymore for Parra. The impression I get is they think he will be their 1st baseman next year. Please Rockies do not settle on Parra as a 1st baseman. Two priorities. 1. Get a real manager!!! 2. Get a real 1st baseman.

sdcarp
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sdcarp

I agree 100%. Strangely, I think those are more important than the bullpen (and of course the Manager has a great impact on the BP). If somehow got a thunder bat at 1B and Story comes back 100% (he should), we’re in business.

Bob K.
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Bob K.

I believe the poor performance of the bullpen this year has some to do with signing and trading for old wornout arms but believe that the ineptitude of the current manager has made it far worse than it actually is.

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Some of both for sure.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

When will WW learn to manage the game? Bases loaded, no outs and down 7-0…infield playing back to sacrifice a run??????? ?

Bob K.
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Bob K.

Rockies release Brandon Barnes.

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2016/09/rockies-release-brandon-barnes.html

They also outrighted Paulsen and Ynoa to Albuquerque. Both are eligible for minor league free agency after the season.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

Rockies 2-9 last 11 games against opponents under 500. WW must must be gone first week of October.

Not your night when u can’t hit a pitcher who hasn’t won since what June? Plus Arenado gets rung up on pitch way way inside.

Good news is Jon Gray gets to learn not to take anybody lightly. Progress to being top shelf pitcher.

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Here’s my prediction RMH: WW and the Rox will “mutually agree” to not renew his contract 2-4 weeks after the season is complete. This brings us to the next Bridich vs. Monfort battle. We need to pony up the $$$$$ to get a good Manager, we need to go outside the Organization, and we have to allow the new Manager the right to assemble his own staff. I think there will be a strong temptation (Monfort driven) to keep it… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

Once again I’m still a big fan of Jack Wynkoop. Most victories in all of the organization and fewest walks.

Left-hander Jack Wynkoop combined for 13 victories at Single-A Asheville and advanced Single-A Modesto. He walked only 12 batters all season and struck out 144 in 170 M innings.

12 BBs in 170 innings. Damn good.

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Hmmmmmm……Eddie Butler 3 IP in relief last night. No hits, no walks. Faced 9 batters. That’s the key. He’s got real potential if he doesn’t go through the lineup more than once. The door is wide open for him to walk through and be a key contributor to the 2017 Rox BP. BTW…..speaking of Rox BP and the total ineffectiveness of a certain LHer (McGee), who was that guy pitching (for cheap) for Padres last night. I swear he looked… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Random stuff: First, A’s release Billy Butler. From RotoWorld: “Oakland giving Butler a three-year, $30 million contract seemed odd at the time it happened and it has gone down as a colossal bust of a free agent signing. It’s a bitter pill for the club to swallow, as Butler is still owed $10 million next season in addition to what remains of his $10 million salary this year. However, he’s a sunk cost at this point and the A’s have… Read more »

Bill
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Bill

Remember early in the season Bridich (is that right, I keep wanting to give his name a couple of more letters) was praising his bullpen and how much better than they were than last year. And he still has the keys to the car. He’ll bring in another bunch of has beens. I like Melancon and as a Jeffco homeowner for 40 years my taxes help pay for his education so I would like him to pay it back by… Read more »

roxnsox
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roxnsox

Now THERE is a bit of September to remember. A star is truly born and a young fella is coming into his righteous place. (Jon Gray, if you missed it) New Rox strikeout record = 16! 4-hit shutout! His body language was beautiful to watch.

Mavrick
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Mavrick

Yo, that’s what’s up trthfuully.