Anytime the Rox lose a game after the seventh inning, it’s tough. When they do it two nights in a row against division foes, fans start to panic. However, it’s important that we not over react to the team’s recent slump. They aren’t playing good baseball right now. They can’t hit in the clutch and the once solid bullpen has been faltering. But, it’s just a bad stretch. I’m sure it is one of several they will have this year. The reality is that they will come out of their funk and start dominating again, but everything is tough right now. In the words of Rangers’ manager, Ron Washington, “that’s just how baseball go”.
There are some positives from last night’s loss. Ubaldo Jimenez’s performance was very encouraging. He still wasn’t himself, but he took a step in the right direction. He was able to hit 98 MPH on the gun and he struck out seven hitters over six innings. More importantly, he only surrendered one run and left the game in position to pick up the win. Also, Tulo hit his 100th homerun.
Here’s the good news: there are two more games left in this series and the Rockies don’t have to face Lincecum, Sanchez, or Cain in either one. They have a great chance of winning both games and then we can forget about the nonsense that has taken place over the last couple of nights.
Irv Moss wrote a piece about Charlie Blackmon. Honestly, I kind of wish Irv had picked another subject. We’ve seen a ton of Blackmon and know that he is very good. I would like to hear Marc Gustafson’s take on some lesser known prospects.
The greatest center fielder of all time turned 80 yesterday. Happy birthday, Willie!
Esmil Rogers has been placed on the DL and Clayton Mortensen has been called up from Colorado Springs to make the start today.
The SweetSpot takes a look at Andre Ethier’s hitting streak.
So far this season, it seems like there have been at least 20 players get arrested for driving under the influence. MLB is trying to institute tougher punishments for DUIs and they should. There is no excuse for driving drunk.
Finally, I’m going to end this with one of my favorite topics: Nails Dykstra. Lenny was indicted by a Los Angeles grand jury yesterday for bankruptcy fraud. As it turns out, when you file bankruptcy, you aren’t supposed to sell your assets and keep the money for yourself. The bankruptcy trustee tends to frown on that sort of thing and grand juries tend to indict for it. Anyway, they rung Lenny up on thirteen different counts of various felonies. He’s facing eighty years in the clink. Personally, I think Lenny is being treated unfairly. As my brother pointed out last month, he’s probably just swindling the same guys that swindled him when he was playing. Poor Lenny. Hopefully, someone can sneak him some Twizzlers in jail.