Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Rock Solid Recap: Jhoulys Chacin Brilliant In Return From DL

Rockies 6, Mets 2 (boxscore)

Winning Player Jhoulys Chacin: 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 73 pitches (51 strikes)

As good a return outing as you can have asked for or expected. Troy Renck pretty much summed it on Twitter. Chacin threw with confidence and swagger, which is something we haven't seen from him since early in 2011. He was in the strike zone consistently. He was efficient. It's the type of outing where he may have pushed to go the distance under different circumstances, but we'll certainly take these results and hope there are more to go this weekend in Chicago. 

Welcome back, Jhoulys.

Congrats on your first win since last Aug. 28.

Bullpen's Line: 3 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K

The Mets scratched out one against Matt Reynolds in his 1/3 of an inning outing, but could get nothing going against Josh Roenicke, Matt Belisle and Rafael Betancourt.

Seriously... how nice is it to finally see the Rockies having opportunities to use Reynolds, Belisle, Roenicke and Betancourt in setup/closer situations?  It's almost like we have a little structure back in our lives.

Also, NO WALKS. From anybody!

Turning Point: The game obviously turned in the Rockies four-run sixth. Up until that point, Colorado was without a single base runner. D.J. LeMahieu and Jonathan Herrera changed that with back-to-back singles leading off the inning. Then came the big play... After Chacin put down his sacrifice bunt, starting pitcher Chris Young fielded it and promptly tossed it halfway down the right field line, which allowed LeMahieu to score and tie the game.

Charlie Blackmon and Dexter Fowler would follow this with RBI singles. Ramon Hernandez then capped the rally with a sacrifice fly. So again, like Monday night, it came down to a few batters in one half inning where the Rockies executed everything correctly and benefitted greatly from the opponent's inability to do the same.

Highlight of the Night: Here's another big play that allowed Colorado and Chacin to back up the four-run top of the 6th with a big zero.

Brown isn't hitting a lick, but at least he found a way to contribute somewhere.

Screengrabs of the Game

Our fearless owner chews on his straw... just like my old cat Oscar used to do. Wonder if he chases them, too?

What's Next: Can the Rockies keep it going on Wednesday night? Perhaps, but they'll definitely have their work cut out for them against Mets rookie Matt Harvey (2-3, 3.00). Harvey has looked good at times in the very early portion of his career and the rest of the time he's looked dominant. Great future ahead for him. As for the Rockies, they'll go with Jeff Francis (4-4, 6.07), who just hopes he's locking up a job for next season.

First pitch is 5:10.

Final Thoughts: I knew the Mets were a sinking ship this season. I just didn't know they were capable of playing like the Rockies at their worst. Now I realize it. They look like a team wishing tomorrow was October 1st, while the Rockies finally look like a focused team that's having a little fun along the way.

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