Today’s game with the Washington Nationals will mercifully bring the first half of this season to an end. After the All-Star break this week, the trade talks for the Colorado Rockies promise to heat up in a big way. The newest rumors involve catcher Ramon Hernandez. Remember him? I almost forgot about him myself. Although maybe I’m not much of a measure; I think I forget about Wil Nieves every time we are between his starts.
As far as this season goes, the oldest rumor still has to do with the trade the Rockies most urgently need to make: getting the charming and intelligent yet miserable and ineffective Jeremy Guthrie out of town. Everybody involved needs Guthrie to build on his solid performance earlier this week and pitch well today so that he can create something like “trade value” for himself (yes, it still deserves scare quotes).
One way to look at the disastrous starting pitching this season: what would you have thought if I had told you, back in April, that Jeff Francis would be back on the Rockies, that he would be their best pitcher, and that you would like him better than the newly acquired Guthrie? That would have been certifiable, right?
Davey Johnson counters with the following lineup from his All-Star-packed roster:
I promise I did not make a mistake on Solano’s first name; that is really how he spells it. Zimmerman has been dialed in as of late, going at least 6 innings and surrendering 2 runs or fewer in his last 4 starts. That’s not surprising these days though; it has become the Nationals’ way.
For everything that has gone wrong, the Rockies have a chance to enter the All-Star break on a high note. If they win today’s rubber match, it will be a rare series win on the road against a quality opponent.