Rockies relief pitcher Franklin Morales has been traded to the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later or cash according to the Boston Globe.
Here is the back page of the NY Daily news this morning. Kinda of a lame title to the picture, but it tell the whole story I suppose. The Mets Carlos Beltran single handedly beat the Rockies with 3 two run homers in the game. Beltran went 3 for 5 with 6 RBIs. The Rockies alone had 2 homeruns, but both came with no one on base. Jonathan Herrera in the 1st inning and Todd Helton in the 4th. Rockies pitching, to be kind, underachieved in this game and though the Rockies ability to come back a couple of times in the game were positive signs, the pitching overall ultimately did them in. Ubaldo leaves the game in the 4th having gave up 5 earned runs. Morales and Lindstrom both giving up 2 runs each as well in the 7th and 9th innings. The Rockies series loss to the Mets is their 3rd series loss at Coors Field this season. The Giants and Pirates were the first two series losses at home. The Rockies are 2-8 so far in the month of May this season, 1-3 at Coors Field.
The Rox will continue the homestand with a 3 game series against former Rockie Brad Hawpe and the San Diego Padres.
The Rockies battered the Brewers yesterday to the tune of 9-2 and are officially in the playoffs for the 2nd time in 3 years. The Rockies are currently on a 3 game winning streak as they head into the final regular season series against the Dodgers who lead by only 2 games. So the Rockies have a lot to play for this weekend. Sweeping this series of course means the Rockies will win their first NL West title, but if you’ve followed this team for longer than the last 6 weeks of the season then you already know the Rockies do not play the Dodgers well, especially at Dodger Stadium. So here in lies the beginning of the worry that I have going into this series. But on the flipside the Dodgers are on a 4 game losing streak and if you’re wondering the Dodgers this season are 8-9 in games after having a day off.
Who woke up Garrett Atkins yesterday? Atkins went 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs and scoring a run despite still batting .226. Tulo was perfect with a 3 for 3 day and Barmes and Helton also had multi-hit games. I believe it’s safe to say that Aaron Cook is certainly back from injury and in midseason form after his 8 inning performance, allowing only 4 hits, a run and a walk. I really like the fact that Tracy gave Morales the ball to finish out the game in the 9th. Franklin Morales who certainly doesn’t lack any confidence in his abilities, will take that single inning yesterday into the upcoming playoffs with an even greater confidence to get the job done. The Rockies with Street and Morales both as closers have an advantage I think than most other teams going into the playoffs. The Rockies have Ubaldo Jimenez (14-12) going up against Randy Wolf (11-6).
** I really don’t read the Denver Post for obvious reasons and here are two more reasons why. First of all the front page headline reads, “ROCK-2-BER”, a terrible play on the word Rocktober. We all know it’s the second time around in recent years in the playoffs for the Rockies, but come one Denver Post, you couldn’t have come up with something better?! The second reason is that one the front page of the sports section they have the nerve to put the college football section and Colorado Buffs who lost (imagine that) to West Virginia and not have the Rockies as your number one story. Even Joe Sakic’s number being lifted to the rafters at the Pepsi Center last night ranks over the failing and pathetic CU Buffs. Who’s running the Denver Post really? (I’m getting off of my soapbox now).
An Ian Stewart solo shot in the 8th inning and some crafty pitching by Franklin Morales and sure-handed defense in the 9th carried the Rockies to their 4th straight win, beating the Reds 4-3 eysterday at Coors Field. Ubaldo Jimenez struck out 5 batters in his 6 innings of work. Matt Daley replaced Jimenez in the 7th with the Rockies down 3-1. Daley was perfect in the 7th with a strikeout and Betancourt was also in the 8th striking out 2. Morales who has done nothing but excel in the position as closer since Huston Street has been out with a biceps injury, was in a little trouble early in the 9th, but fought back masterfully and with help from Chris Iannetta and Clint Barmes on a throw to second base throwing out Scott Rolen on a double steal. Morales then finished off the game striking out Darnell McDonald. The Rockies maintained their 2 game lead in the NL Wildcard race with the Giants winning yesterday also 9-4 over the Padres. The Rockies win ended a 7 game winning streak by the Reds.
Tonight the Rockies Jason Marquis (14-10) will go for his second chance at winning his 15th game on the season by facing Matt Maloney (0-3) for the Reds.
Ubaldo Jimenez strikes out 4 through 8 innings for his 13th win of the season. Seth Smith homers. Recent acquisition, Jason Giambi singles in 2 runs to break the tie. Yorvit Torrealba steals a base and has a 12 game hitting streak going while Franklin Morales gets the save. If I left out anything, I apologize, but last night game against the Mets was further proof that the Rockies have gotten some of their mojo back in their quest to make the playoffs.
The Rockies still maintain a one game lead over the Giants in the NL Wildcard race. The Giants shutout the Phillies 4-0 last night and will finish up that series before heading to Milwaukee for 3 games.
The Rockies go for the sweep today of the Mets with Jason Marquis (14-9, 3.60) on the hill facing Pat Misch (0-1, 3.41)
The Rockies slump has now hit 4 games and the once 4 game lead in the NL Wildcard race has now been erased for a tie with the Giants. The Rockies played their best game of the series and again as of late the pitching did them in in the 7th inning with a go ahead grand slam by Edgar Renteria. It seems the offense and the pitching are slumping at the same time and now is not the time for that to happen. Morales had his worst outing as a reliever in this game. Betancourt did him one worse, giving up the grand slam to Renteria. The Rockies offense showed signs of erasing their current slump with back to back homeruns by Tulowitzki and Helton. The Rockies are coming close towards their best impersonation of the 2007 New York Mets.
The good news is that there’s a month left and they can bounce back with the day off today before facing the Mets in a 3 game series beginning Tuesday. The Rockies on paper should win 2 of 3 from the Mets. I want to say they should sweep, but I’m a little cautious. The Rockies will face Mike Pelfrey (9-9, 4.80), Tim Redding (2-4, 5.94) and Pat Misch (0-1, 3.41). While the Giants travel to the East Coast to face the Phillies.
Both the Rox and Giants have 3 teams (Braves, Marlins and Cubs) only 3 and a half games behind them in the NL Wildcard chase, so anything that can happen probably will.