SHORT STOPS

SHORT STOPS

ROX HOST GIANTS FOR 3 ON HOLIDAY AHEAD OF 3 IN SEATTLE

The people up in Redmond, Washington, burning the candle at both ends for the better part of 2 weeks, have finally found the key to restoring our access to the RWO, where back on June 18 the Colorado Rockies sat in 4th place in the NL West, trailing the Division leading Diamondbacks by 4-1/2, half a tick behind the 3rd place San Francisco Giants.  The Rockies have not exactly “made a move” in the meantime, logging 7 wins against 6 losses, and in fact have lost considerable ground, now trailing Arizona by 6 and the Giants by 3-1/2.

The RWO, on the other hand, has been anything but idle, churning-out alarming Assessments at a dizzying pace.  Foreshadowed earlier in the season, the beatification campaign for former Colorado general manager Dan O’Dowd, the BIB, is now in full swing, much to the pleasure of the vindicated O’Dowd, and it’s said the Pope is listening.  After all, you don’t get dubbed the “BIB” for nothin’.  But it also turns out this Jeff Bridich guy, the BIB’s successor, by honest scrutiny has become a truly horrifying character.  Bridich, in fact, has made so many lousy moves they are practically impossible to recount, except for here on the RWO, where they are meticulously and devotedly chronicled.  Rumors have it that Bridich has been unceremoniously asked to leave a fried-chicken shack in the Washington, DC area, and I personally have heard that if you get too close he has a disturbingly peculiar smell.

That all being as it is, the Rockies continue to go nowhere.  They took a hit versus Jacob DeGrom of the New York Mets on the 18th, then ran-off 3 straight to get a skein at Coors Field off to a good start, and by the time they defeated the Florida Marlins the following Friday, people all across the state were starting to remark that life on earth wasn’t nearly as cruel and unforgiving as it seemed back on Monday.  But Saturday Colorado suddenly realized it was the Marlins over there in the opposition dugout and promptly dissolved for the final two games of the home stand, then lost the first 2 of 3 in San Francisco to tag 4 straight losses on the tail of the 4 straight wins.  Doom hung in the air yet again, a dreadful Marine Layer over AT&T Park.

All-star 2nd-baseman DJ LeMahieu took charge of the situation on Thursday afternoon with a 3 for 4, 5 RBI effort that included a 2-run 9th inning homer that secured a 9-8 win for the Rockies and bailed right-hander Adam Ottavino out of an 8th inning malfunction that had temporarily afforded the Giants an 8-7 lead.  On to Chavez Ravine in Los Angeles for the weekend, Tyler Anderson bested Rich Hill of the Dodgers with eight 4 hit/8 strike-out innings on Friday night as Pat Valaika, Nolan Arenado, and Chris Iannetta delivered solo home runs for Colorado.  German Marquez was nearly as slick on Saturday afternoon, also lasting eight.  Marquez surrendered a solo shot to Kiké Hernandez in the 6th inning of a 2 hit/9 strike-out appearance, and the Rockies scored single runs in the 4th, 5th and 7th to roll to a second 3-1 victory.  The trip came to a close yesterday afternoon when the Dodgers outlasted Colorado 6-4.  Chad Bettis got the start and gave-up 2 before leaving with a “hot finger,” and I am going to decline to describe what people are telling me that is supposed to be.  Chris Rusin, who’s shown signs of getting back in the groove, handled 2-1/3 but allowed LA to tie things-up with another 2, then another unexpected bout with fallibility struck Ottavino when a Matt Kemp homer, Yasiel Puig double, and Joc Pederson single plated 2 to put down the Rockies.

Major Fail Gerardo Parra is hitting .372 over the past month, now up to .305 for the season, and you have wonder, bad as he is, why nobody seems to be able to beat Parra out.  Unspeakably Awful Ian Desmond is raking at a more modest .272 over the same stretch, including 8 homers and 20 RBI.  Trevor Story continues his productive rise, and Tom Murphy, up since the 18th and immediately doing most of the catching, has added some length to a one-time listless offense.  Opening Day starter Jon Gray, on the other hand, has been exiled to Albuquerque for the purpose of regaining his mojo.  Antonio Senzatela will be recalled to assume Gray’s spot in the rotation, and while we now know who Senzatela was being “stretched-out” to replace, Gray’s future is giving rise to all sorts of intriguing speculation, especially considering he loosened in the ‘pen at least once in back of closer Wade Davis the past fortnight.

Steady Kyle Freeland (7-6. 3.29) gets the start for the Rockies tonight against Giants’ ace Madison Bumgarner (1-2, 2.51) in a battle of left-handers that tees-off at 6:40 MT in Lodo.  Tomorrow will see right-handers at 6:10 pm as Senzatela tangles with San Francisco’s Chris Stratton, then Wednesday comes back to lefties with fireworks as Anderson goes up against Andrew Suarez.  There’s rest Thursday ahead of a short trip to the far northwest for 3 with the Seattle Mariners.

With the All-star break looming and big trade deadline decisions coming-up at the end of the month, there’s a lot of season left for those of us who’d like to continue pulling for this year’s Rockies before building the 2019 version.  Broken record:  time to get serious.

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Glad you’re up and running again, Jeem. Always look forward to the fresh snark.

sdcarp
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sdcarp

That 2nd paragraph is solid gold!

sdcarp
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sdcarp

For all my Rockies whining since mid-Winter, when it was becoming apparent we weren’t going to acquire the big bat we so desperately needed…….I have to say this crop of home-grown young SPers is really developing nicely. Part of the reason I’m so onboard with transitioning Gray to a super-reliever. Regarding Arenado and his recent “I’m tired of losing” and subsequent conversations and speculation regarding chances of him resigning – I think the Rox need to put on their big… Read more »

Bob K.
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Bob K.

Its not going to happen but they will probably never be able to get more for Arenado than they can now. I think that when all is said and done that Arenado will walk away from the Rockies after next season and they will get nothing in return. Its just the way that the Rockies do business. They have shown no interest in resigning LeMahieu and I expect him to walk at the end of this season again without the… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Bob – I’m calling 90%+ chance DJ walks, and we get nothing.

DUMB, DUMB, DUMB.

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Jon Gray in ABQ tonight (so far) – 5 no hit innings, then promptly gives up a pair of runs in the 6th. 2 hits (as a hitter).

The guy is really good 1 or 2 times through the order……but struggles to adjust after that point.

sdcarp
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sdcarp

More Rockies Minor League action:
Grant Lavigne, 18 years old, 6′-4″, 220 lbs – so far for GJ – 36 ABs, 15 Hits, 3 HRs, 13 RBIs, 1.278 OPS.

sdcarp
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sdcarp

“Small” Dodgers/Reds trade today…….but potentially shrewd by the Reds. The Reds send two RPers to the Dodgers, and well as some International pool money (they have over 6M……..so they’re dealing from a strength) for two minor leaguers. One of the RPers going to the Dodgers is Dylan Floro. From MLBTradeRumors: after signing a minor league deal with Cincy over the winter, Floro emerged as a solid bullpen piece for the Reds, posting a 2.72 ERA, 2.25 K/BB rate, and a… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Impressive debut for Peter Lambert at ABQ. Come on Rockies……have some courage, let’s make Gray a super-reliever.

Bob in WV
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Bob in WV

The replay rule was initially used to verify home runs and has since been expanded extensively. Why the heck aren’t there cameras mounted vertically on the back of each foul pole to confirm homers that wrap around the pole? Seems pretty basic to me. Cameras mounted on the lines are fine until the ball is higher when it clears the pole and depth becomes an issue. A vertical camera would clearly show the path of the ball as it passes… Read more »

Bob K.
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Bob K.

Cargo will get his 10 and 5 rights on July 19th. If (ROFL) the Rockies are going to trade Cargo, they need to do it before the 19th since they would need his permission for a trade made after the 19th.

sdcarp
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sdcarp

I know you’re being facetious (and I’m at the front of the “snark appreciation” line), but……Cargo hasn’t been awful. Sort of “meh.” He might fit an AL team if the Rox ate half the salary. On that note……the Boyz are probably in Seattle now. Home of trader Jerry DiPoto. The Mariner’s are having a great season. They have the “Cano” dilemma (he won’t be eligible for the playoffs due to drug suspension). They’ve got 2nd covered with Dee Gordon. But… Read more »

Bob K.
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There are teams that can benefit from having Cargo and he does have some trade value and the Rockies may not have to eat any of his remaining salary for the year($4-5MM). My ROFL was referring to the idea that the Rockies management would actually consider trading Cargo especially when one of the big reasons they brought him back was to make Arenado happy.

roxnsox
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roxnsox

Digging those young starters! Whooooeee! They seem to be in that zone where they feed off each other.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

I’m on vacation this week in Las Vegas. Before I left on vacation, I got in touch with jaredean to report everyone having problems logging into the RWO website. It turns out that the developer changed the password rules to make it very strong. Our passwords did not meet the strong level and therefore it was not letting us in. Our has since fixed. I’m happy to see the SPs pitching deep into the games and making the bullpen less… Read more »

Bob K.
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Brendan Rodgers and Jesus Tinoco will play in the Futures game.

https://www.mlb.com/rockies/news/2018-futures-game-rosters-revealed/c-284471810

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Geez…….German Marquez has top shelf tools. Really, really impressive stuff.

This Grant Lavigne kid in Grand Junction can hit.

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Manny Machado update courtesy of Rotoworld: Encina also hears the team continues to “move quickly” toward a deal of the star infielder. “The Orioles have received offers from the Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Brewers, Phillies, Braves, Indians and Cubs,” Encina wrote, “and those offers rank in that order, according to the source.” The Dodgers have seemed like the odds-on favorites for the 26-year-old, so it’s not entirely surprising that they top the list. In fact, none of the seven teams — all… Read more »

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Bob K.
roxnsox
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roxnsox

No Otto on the All-Star team?! Booooo

roxnsox
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roxnsox

No Otto on the All-Star team?! Booooo.

sdcarp
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sdcarp

He deserves it, for sure.

Really happy to see Story make the team. Watched all three games this weekend. He looks really good. Don’t want to jinx him, but I foresee a big 2018 2nd half in his future.

roxnsox
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roxnsox

Trevor seems to be rounding into the form we hoped he would! Maybe it’s due to his first injury-free year, a good long stretch of playing
(and doing it healthy) to really find his groove.

jimboelrod
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jimboelrod

Kyle Freeland deserves to be on the an all star also. Hitters are penalized for playing at altitude, pitchers are not rewarded for pitching at altitude, nothing new here.

roxnsox
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roxnsox

Nothing new here is right. I know there are snubs, necessarily, due to sheer numbers. But Otto has been otherworldly! Snell in Tampa also got robbed, among others, I’m sure. I guess a few of these guys will make it due to pitching rotations Saturday/Sunday.

roxnsox
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roxnsox

I don’t think the importance of this series with the Snakes can be overstated. Is that just no-duh silly for me to even say? The Rockies need to keep the momentum they’ve recently found in playing well-rounded ball!

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Grant Lavigne scouting video. I love the guys in the Dugout watching.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aK2p-B0F0nA

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Oh my, 19-2. I think one of two things just happened: 1. We exorcised our Snake demons. 2. We used most of season’s alotted runs against the Snakes in a single game. Let’s hope it’s #1. Some interesting random baseball news. The Astros have sent RP Ken Giles to AAA. For those that don’t know Giles, he’s sort of a RPer version of Jon Gray (except significantly older). He’s been around forever. Supremely talented. Has flashes of brilliance, enough so… Read more »

roxnsox
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roxnsox

I hope it’s #1 too! I always start muttering “save some for tomorrow” in games like this. Certainly NOT complaining, though!

sdcarp
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sdcarp

I think it might be #1 RoxnSox. Taking 2 of 3 from the Snakes, given recent history, is a massive series victory. Let’s take 2 of the 3 from the Mariners next. Couple of typically random notes: 1. Raimel Tapia looks to have a clue now!?!? 2. I’ve been harping on this for awhlle now, so why not continue – there are some good looking players on the Grand Junction team with Grant Lavigne being the star. That guy is… Read more »

roxnsox
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roxnsox

Gut-check successful, Jeem? Pretty much. Coulda been better, coulda been much worse. D. O’Dowd stated the obvious on TV today, emphatically….”They’re right in it.” (Oh lord, have they pulled me back in only to dump me again?)

sdcarp
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sdcarp

Gang……I’m going to be out-of-town when my beloved Oakland A’s roll into Denver two weekends after the all-star break. But tell me this – how did we manage to get the A’s (playing really solid baseball by the way) for 3 games at Coors with no return trip to the Al Davis Taj Ma-Dump?

Bob K.
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Bob K.

The Rockies will most likely have to go to Oakland for a 3 game series next year. That is how these once a season meetings have been handled in the past.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh

New post up now! Go there to start a new thread. Password problems were preventing jeem and I from keeping a regular schedule. Thanks for your patience.