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Hope of the Franchise Alert
2007-07-19 15:08
by Mark T.R. Donohue

With Jason Hirsh's rehab going... not so good and the ever-shifting Plan for Taylor Buchholz swinging back to bullpen duty, again, the Rockies' top starting prospect Ubaldo Jimenez will get the ball tonight with Colorado beginning a four-game series in Washington. I told you the Rockies had to have a winning road trip before I'd take them seriously as contenders, and with a sweep against the Pirates already in the bank, they'd have to generate a complete disaster against the hapless Nationals in order not to do it. (They started the swing winning 1 of 3 in Milwaukee, so only a sweep or 1-3 series against Washington will ruin the trip.)

The Rockies need another starter, badly, and realistically they can't expect to be players in a trade market that is setting up to be brutally competitive. If Jimenez pitches effectively -- he's been inconsistent for AAA Colorado Springs, but the Rockies believe he's figured things out as of his last couple of starts -- that changes the complexion of the second half for Colorado rather dramatically. So, if you ever were going to watch a Rockies game, this would be a good one to watch.

2007-07-21 07:02:19
1.   Suffering Bruin
Mark, do the Rockies have a closer controversy? Manny be looking good.
2007-07-21 07:03:59
2.   Suffering Bruin
Sorry for the double post but I wanted to add--should the Rockies have a closer controversy?
2007-07-23 09:49:02
3.   Kels
No closer controversy needed when you don't score for 20 freakin innings...
2007-07-23 13:02:01
4.   Suffering Bruin
3 Well, there is that...

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