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Friday Morning Rockpile: "You Don't Win Friends With Salad"

In an episode of The Simpsons, Homer decides to hold a barbecue after Ned Flanders had one for a family reunion. Lisa was on her way to becoming a vegetarian in this episode and objected to Homer serving meat. He then told her, "I'm trying to impress people here Lisa. You don't win friends with salad." Bart and Marge then join Homer in a conga line repeating the last sentence. Replace "friends" with "ball games" and "salad" with "bad pitching" and you find out the Rockies didn't know that last night. If the Rockies want to continue impressing people around baseball, the pitching needs to be better than last night. They need to stop serving salad and start serving succulent pig again.

You probably saw the title for last night's notes article and gave a laugh: "Bullpen coming through". Gone went Affeldt's 7 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. So when Hurdle says, "Good bullpens make a manager look a lot smarter," he's also saying, "Bad bullpens make a manager look like what he really is."

It is looking more and more likely that Franklin Morales will make his debut on the road, against a divisional opponent, and in the midst of a playoff race. But as the Notes column mentions, Hurdle backed down from saying Ramon Ortiz won't start on Saturday. Would any of you "Buchholz-in-the-rotation" proponents be in favor of a Buchholz-Ortiz "start" on Saturday? It seems like a good idea, as long as it goes in that order. Ortiz hasn't started since late May and he's had no time to be stretched out. Of course, I'm thinking this wouldn't satisfy that group of fans since it would likely be a one-time deal. Also, if the bad Fogg shows up tonight, we may just see Ramon Ortiz pitch in relief. Morales, a tandem start, or a last-minute trade? I'm still in favor of the guy who has yet to make his major league debut yet. If people want to talk about "lighting a fire," is there any better way than to start it with a young phenom?

Let's be grateful that the asking price for Steve Trachsel was too high. If he was acquired and started Saturday's game, instead of sitting through a 45-minute inning, we'd go through one that lasted an hour or more.