Walk Off x 2

After a disappointing start to the week with three consecutive losses, they finished the week with five straight wins including a couple of walk offs.  Jordan Lyles gave up the go-ahead 2-run shot after Colorado rallied to tie the game at four in the final game of the Cubs series.  The Rockies then went to Pittsburgh for a three-game series.  They forgot to get the lumber out of their bags and the pitchers struggled to keep the Pirates at bay.  The Rockies lost the first two games by the scores of 7-2 and 5-2.  German Marquez came out on Wednesday to stop the Bucs with a 5-1 victory going five innings giving up one run.  The bullpen picked up four innings of shutout ball.

They came home to take on the Midgets in a four-game series.  In the first game Thursday night, they jumped out to a 9-1 lead before the bullpen blew the lead giving up eight runs in the final three innings.  Greg Holland had his first blown save but got the victory when Colorado scored the walk off run in the bottom of the ninth.  After Mark Reynolds’ single and CarGo’s gifted walk, Raimel Tapia came through with a one-out, game winning walk off single off Hunter Strickland.  The TV announcers for the Giants commented following the walk off, “They are acting like they just won the World Series.”  Huh?? I have yet to see a walk off without a celebratory bath.  That provided the Rockies with locker note as motivation against the Midgets.

The Rockies once again scored ten runs, but the bullpen struggled once again but held on for a 10-8 victory Friday night. The big blow came on Ian Desmond’s three run blast to erase the deficit.

Kyle Freeland played the role of traffic cop in his six innings’ quality start giving up just one run on eight hits and two walks.  All but one hits were singles.  The bullpen nailed the 5-1 victory with three scoreless innings.

On Father’s Day, Chatty was asked to go deep as the bullpen was pretty much on fumes despite the fact that Carlos Estevez was called up to replace Chad Qualls who went on the DL.  Chatty needed 114 pitches to get six innings done as he did not have a good ball-strike ratio (62S, 52B).  San Francisco struck first on Brandon Crawford’s two-run shot.  #NolanBeingNolan brought the Rockies within 2-1 on a RBI double in the sixth.  Ty Blache was on cruise control until the seventh when Trevor Story hit a solo moonshot and pinch hitter Pat Valaika followed him with a solo moonshot of his own one out later to give the Rockies lead 3-2 after seven innings.  Jordan Lyles sent major shockwaves throughout the Mountain Time Zone with a 1-2-3 eighth inning hold.

The dramatics started in the ninth inning.  Jake McGee who was on fumes got only two outs while giving up a two-run homer to pinch hitter Hunter Pence and a RBI double by Crawford.  Carlos Estevez came on to get the final out.

The Rockies came to bat in the bottom of ninth trailing 5-3 with multi-millionaire Mark Melancon on the mound for his save.  Tony Wolters started off grounding out for the first out.  Raimel Tapia with his flair for the excitement stepped up and looked silly falling behind with two strikes on him.  Tapia then went into his magic low crouch two strike mode and singled to start the dramatic comeback.  @Chuck_Nazty followed with another single.  Suddenly the runners were on the corners with one out for DJLM who came through with a run-scoring single to cut the deficit to 5-4.  @Chuck_Nazty hustled to 3B and got in safely on a bang-bang play.  He wanted to be the tying run on 3B with less than 2 outs for Arenado.  He wasted no time hitting the first offer for a three-run walk off blast.  That completed Arenado’s cycle on the day.

Colorado has now won five games in a row after that little three-game hiccup.  And they are also 7-3 over the last ten games to raise their record to 46-26 and keep their fragile hold on first place in the Wild West.  Fragile? Both Arizona and Los Angeles went 9-1 over the last ten games to close the deficit on the first place Rockies.  They are both 44-26, one game back of the Rockies.  The crowd of 48,000 people chanted, “MVP MVP”.  Get out your votes for the ASG by voting for #NolanBeingNolan to help him surge past the fake MVP Kris Bryant.  (Remember that Nolan won BOTH Silver Slugger AND Gold Glove awards but no MVP???  Don’t give me the “didn’t play in the post season” talk; Mike Trout won the AL MVP despite the Angels finishing below .500)

After the much needed day off Monday, they are set for a three-game series that will have a feel of the post season atmosphere against Arizona.  Marquez, Jeff Hoffman, and Antonio Senzatela will square off against Zack Greinke, Taiguan Walker, and a TBD.  It will be a wrestling match that will determine who gets control of the Wild West.  It is an important series because Colorado will go to Los Angeles for a three-game set.  The next six games will tell us if the Rockies get into the driver’s seat, maintain status quo, or fall to the back of the pack.

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This is a must read if for no other reason than seeing the Rockies playoff odds: http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/sizing-up-the-buyers-and-the-sellers/ But it’s good for other reasons as well. The comments section is interesting. Seems like most of the readers are focused on the Brewers. IMO, the Cubs will get their act together, roll in the NL Central, leaving the Brewers on the outside looking in. I’m more intrigued by the Rays. Everyone has assumed Chris Archer will be for sale. Well…..not so fast.… Read more »

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Dave Roberts the Dodgers manager said “We realize that we are the best team in the division.”

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Brendan Rodgers heading to Hartford! I’m saying he’s in Denver by a year from now. Here’s the only uncertainty: Lancaster (High A club he’s been with) is one of the most extreme hitter friendly parks in all of organized baseball. And Rodgers has extreme splits to show for it: Home: .495/.522/.883 – that’s right, a batting average of almost .500. A 1.405 OPS! We don’t even see those numbers with elite high school hitters Road: .308/.312/.523 – nothing to sneeze… Read more »

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Regarding Joe Dirt (BRod) and McMahon. Keep in mind LeMahieu’s contract expires October 18th. IMO, the Rox will make a sincere effort to resign LeMahieu. But note McMahon has played some 2nd. Let’s see if BRod plays exclusively at SS in Hartford, or if he also sneaks some games in at 2nd. A note regarding Cargo. Keep in mind the new CBA did away with the FA/QO system as we knew it. Now signing teams give up a 2nd round… Read more »

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Greinke = 91 mph. Cargo = HR. RMH = Vindicated!

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Perhaps, but maybe it just had to do with the fact that Cargo has always hit Greinke well or….maybe Parra’s exorcism on Cargo’s bat actually helped. Either way, I still prefer Cargo’s defense to RMH’s proposed replacement Desmond. I have not been impressed with Desmond’s defense either in the outfield or at 1st base.

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Keep an eye on this name – Jeanmar Gomez.

On and off Phillies Closer who just got DFA’d. He’s been horrific this year (and a good bit of last year as well). But he’s still relatively young (29). This will be similar to the Ranger’s DFA of Dyson. Someone will pickup Gomez.

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Crash. Thud. Uh-oh….. cracks in the rookie rotation a blip, or a trend? Gray will be back next week, right?

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Uh. Oh. Roxnsox, I’m seriously worried. Yeah, it’s just a couple games, but … just a few days ago Bud Black said they can take their time with Gray since the fill ins were performing so well. Right now we’re in a 3-way race for demotion to AAA between Hoffman, Senzatela, and Marquez. Coors Field, hot weather, a hot visiting team, rookie pitchers the second time around the league … not time to push the panic button, but I am… Read more »

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I was fortunate to go to the Tuesday night game (the lone win in the series), but was back on the road the last two days and wasn’t able to watch. But by looking at the results, it appears to be a replay of that Washington Nationals series back in late April (or was it early May?). I have to say – I’m far, far from the panic button. That’s most likely because I’ve never bought into the 100 win… Read more »

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Carp, I agree – Senza to the bullpen and Lyles DFA’d is one of the short term solutions. I still think Senza’s stuff (strikethrower, good live fastball, not much of a secondary pitch and no third pitch) plays best in the pen, and there’s also the issue of his innings since he threw very few innings last year. Dodgers: I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say this – they have a lot of talent, but they’re overperforming… Read more »

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On Dodger overperformers: I forgot Brandon McCarthy. Last time he had an ERA under 4.00 was 2012. This year so far: 2.87. I tell you, this won’t last!

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Ag – I attended a Dodgers regular season game earlier this season, as well as a couple of ST games. Here’s what I see in a nutshell (I agree with you): 1. Generally good, but very brittle starting pitching. I’ve seen Julio Urias each of the last two Springs plus one regular season start and I’m not impressed – and now he’s hurt. The other guys – save Kershaw – are just brittle. 2. Agree regarding Bellinger. Pure pull hitter.… Read more »

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Going one step further – looking at the DBacks, I see: 1. Have played a very soft schedule to date. This will change. 2. Below average defense. 3. The Pen is interesting. Rodney is a ticking time bomb. However, Archie Bradley is legit. and they’ve cobbled together some other serviceable pieces. 4. SPing is very good. Robbie Ray has emerged as one of the best pitchers in the Majors. 5. They’ll get AJ Pollack back – that makes them even… Read more »

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One “X” factor regarding the Dodgers – they have the resources to make a major pitching addition (or any addition for that matter) as the trade deadline approaches.

I’m skeptical that the Snakes will be able to make a “major” deal given their financial constraints.

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Good thoughts on the Dbacks, Carp. I’ll be in AZ (nothing like Phoenix in July …) when the Rockies are in town … still plenty — and I mean plenty — of tickets available for a weekend series. They should be drawing like the Rockies now. They’re not. Still, I really like their starting pitching, and if they manage to stay healthy I think they’ll stick around. I also have to say that Nick Ahmed is an absolutely fantastic defensive… Read more »

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If I’m BB/JB – here’s what I do (and why): 1. DFA Lyles (because he sucks). 2. Keep Qualls on the DL (because he sucks). 3. Move Senza to the BP (for the remainder of 2017 unless circumstance dictates otherwise) 4. Move Marquez to the BP (length of time TBD). 5. Leave Hoffman in the rotation. I do this as soon as Gray is ready to return. Here’s why – I want to see how Senza and Marquez react to… Read more »

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Hell – if you’re a Riverboat gambler, offer the CWS Brendan Rodgers for Jose Quintana AND David Robertson, and then flip Robertson to the Nats for Koda Glover. {Note that the mere mention of something crazy like this would likely get me banned on Purple Row}.

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Carp, it may very well take a Brendan Rodgers level prospect to pry Jose Quintana from the White Sox. I guess we’ll have to see what other starting pitchers are on the trading block in a month to see how much leverage the White Sox have. By the way, I don’t see anything wrong with how Quintana is throwing, although I guess it’s possible that he peaked early this year with some dominant WBC performances. Rodgers would be the only… Read more »