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Rox out of gate 5-2; Padres on at Coors

The Colorado Rockies did not exactly blow anybody out of the water heading north out of Salt River Fields.  None of the big 3 starters has managed a quality start to-date, and up until Sunday a good 50% of the starting offense was sputtering along sporting “I-90” type batting averages.  Nevertheless, Colorado navigated its way through the first 7 of 14-straight to start the 2017 MLB campaign with a 5-2 tally, taking 3 of 4 from the Milwaukee Brewers and 2 of 3 from the lordly Los Angeles Dodgers. The Rockies are also working their way along without the services of Chad Bettis, Ian Desmond, Tom Murphy, and up until Sunday, Chris Rusin.

The season got its launch Monday in Milwaukee with Jon Gray, the Gray Wolf, on the mound for Colorado, opposed by Junior Guerra of the Brewers, and Gray was looking pretty slick, posting-up 4 shutout frames prior to the 5th inning, when something happened.  Speculation had it that the adrenaline wore off, or the sore toe started acting-up, or, as Gray himself allowed, he just lost it, but whatever, 5 batters into the inning Gray had squandered the 4-0 lead the Rockies had built upon 3 Mark Reynolds RBIs and a Gerardo Parra single.  Scott Oberg bailed Gray out of it with only a 5-4 deficit and the Rockies grabbed the lead back in the 7th on singles by Parra and Tony Wolters sandwiched around a Reynolds double, and runs scored on a Charlie Blackmon forceout and throwing error by Brewers’ catcher Jett Bandy.  In the meantime Carlos Estevez, Mike Dunn, and Adam Ottavino followed Oberg to the hill with scoreless frames, Colorado logged an insurance run in the top of the 9th on a Wolters single and Alexi Amarista pinch-double, and newly acquired closer Greg Holland shut down Milwaukee after a lead-off walk to Jonathan Villar.

The Rockies were good for another win Tuesday behind Tyler Anderson, who lasted 5-2/3 but gave-up 5 Brewers runs on 8 hits and a walk.  The offense backed Anderson up with a 4 run 3rd sparked by opening Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu singles, who were otherwise quiet most of the season’s opening week.  Nolan Arenado knocked-in Blackmon with a double, Trevor Story walked, and Parra plated LeMahieu and Arenado with a double of his own.  Colorado got the winning runs in the 5th on a walk to Story, single by Parra, double by Reynolds and another Blackmon single.  The ‘pen was once more nails in relief:  Estevez got Anderson out of his mess, and Ottavino, Dunn, and Holland once again took an inning each.

Wednesday the Rockies got notice that when you play bad you lose.  Tyler Chatwood made it through 6 but gave-up 4 while Wily Peralta and 4 Milwaukee relievers limited Colorado to a single run.  But Thursday afternoon rookie Antonio Senzatela got his first MLB start and turned-in 5 scoreless, followed by Estevez, Ottavino, who gave-up a game tying gopher to Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Dunn, and Holland, who got his 3rd 2017 save after Arenado homered leading-off the 9th for the winner.

Opening day in LoDo followed, featuring an added story line of intrigue as rookie left-hander Kyle Freeland, the one-time Thomas Jefferson High Spartan, got the start in his home town.  Freeland was all the way up to the task, turning in the Rockies’ only Q of the week, a single run on 4 hits over 6 innings as Colorado bested the Dodgers 2-1 behind a 1st-inning Arenado double and 5th inning homer by the backup catcher Dustin Garneau.  Estevez, Oberg, and lefty Jake McGee relieved Freeland, save to McGee.  The Rockies bagged the series over LA Saturday night in an epic early-season faceoff between Gray and the great left-hander Clayton Kershaw.  Gray got through 5-1/3 this time, limiting the Dodgers to a run on 4 hits, and the Colorado offense got to Kershaw for 3 in the 6th behind an Arenado single and back-to-back homers from Reynolds and Parra.  Dunn, Ottavino, McGee and Holland backed-up Gray, with Holland earning save no. 4.

By Sunday Parra, who was 11 for 25 and a .440 average for the week, had displaced the slumping LeMahieu in the no. 2 slot in the order, where manager Bud Black could more readily exploit his uncanny base running savvy, but the Rockies turned-in another stink-fest, including their first defensive miscues of the year, and fell to Kenta Maeda and 4 Dodgers relievers 10-6. After 6 innings of relaxation on the bench, the 2016 NL batting champ LeMahieu entered the game on a double-switch in the 7th, singling and tripling in a cause long lost.

Black’s former charges, the San Diego Padres, are on for 3 at Coors Field, tonight and tomorrow at 6:40 followed by a 1:10 pm Business Person’s Special on Wednesday.  Chatwood (0-1, 6.00) gets the call for Colorado tonight, and he’s really sick of hearing about his 2016 home-road splits.  San Diego, which is off to a 3-4 start, is rolling-out Jarred Cosart (0-0, 27.00), a right-hander. Senzatela and Freeland get their second MLB  starts Tuesday and Wednesday.  Senzatela gets to oppose the veteran Jared Weaver, and Freeland will take-on Luis Perdomo.

The Rockies early-season crew will be back on the field in the usual order, except Parra and Story are swapped at 5th and 6th respectively.  Reynolds hits 7th and Wolters will catch and hit 8th.  ROOT will have the TV and KOA’s got radio under sunny skies with temperatures dropping through 60°s and down toward the high 40°s.  The wind won’t cause nearly the trouble it did yesterday, but will range from a brisk 11 MPH headed-out toward left-center, down to 4 MPH by night’s end.

The Rockies head off to San Francisco following Wednesday’s contest for 4 with the Giants before finally scoring an off-day April 17.  RMH will bring you up-to-speed for the first big 2017 west-coast trip.

jim-miller

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

16 Comments

    • rockymountainhigh

      April 10, 2017

      Same old storylines – can’t beat up bad teams and can’t put down pinch hitters

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    • rockymountainhigh

      April 10, 2017

      I’m getting ready to throw something at the tv. How many hanging curves have we taken? Had to be at least 10 or 15.

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    • rockymountainhigh

      April 10, 2017

      That HR by Myers is the 3rd really bad pitch that was somehow hit for HR in my memory. First it was Pujols off Jennings. Curve ball way off the plate 2 inches above dirt that somehow Pujols hit over out of town scoreboard. The second was Martin Prado swung at pitch above head that somehow went straightaway center field for HR. Now Myers swings at pitch above letters a foot off the plate and still take it out.

      Now my blood its boiling. Two walks came around to score tonight out of 4 runs. Yesterday Anderson 3 walks came around to score on the first 4 runs. Time to call up Jack Wynkoop and Parker French.

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    • rockymountainhigh

      April 10, 2017

      Time to get rid of Cargo. He keeps swinging at pitches out of zone or helping pitcher out hitting weak dribblers. I’m lowering my projections for him to hit no more than 20 HRs and less than 70 RBI.

      He had nice sweet swing like Junior and Robinson Cano but he doesn’t know how to slow down the game.

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    • Doc

      April 11, 2017

      I feel your pain, RMH. I’m trying to account for what’s going on: high expectations too much? Team is playing tight with only the old veterans appearing to have any success. Growing pains. Hang in there, brother.. DJ looks like he’s waking up maybe it will prove contagious.

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    • sdcarp

      April 11, 2017

      Carp’s musings:

      1. I’ll say for the 10th time – the Padres have a nice, young offense. The Margot kid is a real player.
      2. The Rox under Bridich have come a long way…..but we still have to come to grips with trading star players destined to decline BEFORE they decline. We missed on Tulo….but did salvage something (50 million dollars and a spot for Trevor Story to play). We’ve now once again waited too long – this time with Cargo. That beautiful Griffey-esque swing is getting long a slow.

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      • sdcarp

        April 11, 2017

        Oops – more random musings:

        3. Be patient everyone – it’s a LONG season.
        4. I also encourage everyone to set a realistic expectation as your benchmark. A 500 season will represent a significant improvement.
        5. IMO – we need another thunder bat in the lineup. Ironically, the injured player we may be missing the most (factoring in the hot starts of Reynolds and Parra) is Tom Murphy.

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    • rockymountainhigh

      April 11, 2017

      This is embarrassing – facing the reincarnation off Jamie Moyer tonight and nobody can barrel him.

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    • Agbayani

      April 11, 2017

      And they squeeze out a win! We can thank Carp for reverse jinxing Cargo. Fun fact: Rockies “Big 5” relievers – Holland, Otto, Estevez, Dunn, McGee – are now collectively averaging 13.7 K/9. Wow.

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    • rockymountainhigh

      April 11, 2017

      Did the Rockies stop having those funny promotional videos starring the players? I haven’t seen any yet this year.

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    • Agbayani

      April 12, 2017

      Chad Qualls rehab for ABQ: clean inning. 1 IP, 1 K, 2 groundouts. Watch your back, Jordan Lyles! Yes, my weird fascination with Chad Qualls (not to be mistaken for a man crush since it amounts to “he’s not as crappy as you think he is”) continues. Meanwhile, Lyles confounds me. Carp saw him in early spring and was impressed by his performance. I watched him closely in late spring and was similarly impressed. Yet it never seems to translate into success. I’m going to be a holdout on this one and say that at some time, somewhere, he’ll be an effective reliever, but it’s now looking like that somewhere won’t be in Colorado.
      Plus, minors update: Ryan Castellani, AA, 5 IP, 0 R, 8 K. What’s been lacking for him is mostly the ability to put away batters. That strikeout total is impressive. He’s my leading candidate for making a big push this year among the young pitchers, with Almonte second. But RMH’s guy Wynkoop is off to a good start in his transition to the high minors too. On the other hand, Forrest Wall is seeing playing time mostly in CF. I don’t take that as a great sign – the kind of “we think he can handle CF.” Rather, I think it’s on the order of “if this kid is going to make it, it’ll have to be as a super utility guy since he doesn’t hit enough to hold down a regular job.” I haven’t seen any explanation for why they’re shifting him from 2B. Tough for him to make it as a super utility guy since the main problem with him was always thought to be his throwing arm such that he can’t handle SS.

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      • sdcarp

        April 13, 2017

        Ag – you know I agree with you about Lyles. I’ve been a Lyles apologist for too long. I think your assessment is correct, a change in scenery is beneficial for both sides.

        Regarding Wall, as you note, the primary knock on him is his throwing arm (lack of arm strength). So a move to CF is really odd. I specifically looked for him during my time wandering the backfields at ST with no luck. I did read one scouting on him last summer that was particularly harsh. In fact, the scout listed him as a “non-Prospect.”

        Regardless of Wall’s status, I am seeing a strong trend across all of baseball for Farm systems to begin grooming these super-Utility types in the minors. Didn’t used to be that way. The last +/- 10 years in baseball has been the evolution of the RP, perhaps the next 10 will be focused on making everyday players more versatile.

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        • sdcarp

          April 13, 2017

          One more note regarding RP evolution……keep an eye on the Reds and Raisel Iglesias and Michael Lorenzen. The season is obviously young, but both of these guys are already getting multi-inning appearances in high leverage situations. Isglesias in particular is a real pitching talent…..may become the poor man’s Dellin Betances. Lorenzen also already has a PH HR. I love the idea of having a RP that can hit.

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    • sdcarp

      April 13, 2017

      Totally anecdotal, ironic sidebar regarding the evolution of the RP. This trade occurred earlier today in our Fantasy League:
      “No Fehr acquired Jake Lamb and Cole Hamels from You’re killing me Smalls
      You’re killing me Smalls acquired Yadier Molina and Chris Devenski from No Fehr”

      If I look at that trade with my “old school” glasses on, I think “oh my god, that trade is lopsided in the favor of the team receiving Lamb and Hamels.” But the truth is………..this trade is a perfect example (even though it’s fantasy – go ahead and laugh) of the increasing value of these hybrid RPers like Devenski that are pitching multiple, dominant, innings in relief.

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