Just as quickly as it started, it was over. Jeremy Guthrie, brought in from Baltimore for Jason Hammel prior to the season, was traded Friday to the Kansas City Royals for another once highly touted pitcher that has fallen by the wayside, Jonathan Sanchez.
It’s not everyday a kid gets called up from double-A to face Cliff Lee in a major league debut. It happened to Josh Rutledge, and tonight he made the best of it. The kid was playing in Tulsa for the double-A Drillers just a day ago, and tonight he stared down one of the NL’s best and went 2-2 with 2 RBI and a stolen base.
It took 60 million years for Colorado’s Rocky Mountains to erode away their soft tops to reveal the bare, rough rock beneath. It took Colorado’s baseball Rockies just 67 games to crumble before our eyes. Now we can see this club for what it is – a case study in systemic collapse.
The Colorado Rockies will continue to be without slugging shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in the near future. Tulowitzki re-injured his left groin during a rehab stint in Colorado Springs on Wednesday.
The Colorado Rockies selected David Dahl with the 10th pick in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft on Monday afternoon. A natural center fielder, Dahl just finished a banner year at Birmingham, Alabama’s Oak Mountain High School where he hit .412, stole 18 bases and scored 34 runs in 28 games played.
With any luck, Carlos won’t be an All Star snub again this season as he has been in years past. While the lesser Troy Tulowitzki gets all the national media attention, Gonzalez has quietly been the better player for the last two years.
The Colorado Rockies will begin the weekend on the brink of the NL West basement. If the Rockies were in a more competitive division they would have already found the bottom of this treacherous pit. Were it not for the pathetically underfunded San Diego Padres, Colorado could have claimed “Worst in the NL West” weeks ago.
Imported infielder Marco Scutaro launched his first home run of the season over the left field fence. Rafael Betancourt earned his 7th save, and the Rockies headed home to face Arizona. Not that it’s all sunshine and puppy farts in Colorado.
Things were looking up for the Rockies after a solid series against the Brewers, but thanks to an uncharacteristic bullpen meltdown, the Rockies dropped a series to Clint Hurdle’s Pittsburgh Pirates. The series brought the Rockies to 3-3 for the road trip, as they now head back home for a set against the NY Mets.
Even before the Rockies’ suspect starting pitchers got rolling, the Colorado bullpen was sharp. The Rock relievers are not a dominant group, but behind the aggressive pitching of Matt Belisle they are among the league’s most consistent groups through 15 games.