With the imminent return of Jordan Lyles to Colorado's rotation, the Rockies were set to have a rotation filled with pitchers that resembled an actual MLB starting rotation. Since this is the 2014 Rockies and everything is terrible, that had to change pretty quickly.
Anderson had been pitching extremely well since returning from his broken finger early last month. In four second-half starts for the Rockies, Anderson had a 1.16 ERA and 0.99 WHIP in 23 1/3 innings pitched. Tuesday night, he was cruising through three innings and looked like he was on pace for a complete game shutout.
Then the baseball gods remembered that the Rockies can't have nice things and locked Brett Anderson's lower back up on him. A DL stint is likely for the hefty lefty, and it's a darn shame. It was fun to watch a healthy version of Anderson pitch for the Rockies this year. Who knows, maybe he'll be back this year. I hope so, because this season's already way too depressing.
What is it with the Rockies and Cubs and extra inning games? That's three in the last five meetings between the two, spanning a week's time. This one was yet another frustrating loss for the Rockies, who shot themselves in the foot early and often with baserunning mistakes, tactical errors, and then brought in bullpen mascot Gassy the Gas Can to lose the lead by walking six batters in the seventh inning. Just terrible.
Other injury news
Thomas Harding details the myriad ailments that have affected Carlos Gonzalez this year. Word is that CarGo will be back in the starting lineup today, though I just hope he can go a week without aggravating an injury.
Cody Ulm's notes column has items on Tulo's running rehab from his hip flexor injury (according to Walt Weiss, he's ahead of schedule, whatever that means), CarGo's pinch-hitting appearance last night, and Michael Cuddyer's prep for a Rookie league rehab assignment. Speaking of...
Nick Groke writes about Cuddyer's upcoming rehab stint in the Pioneer League will start an extended rehab stint that will include two games at Billings, a bus trip to Great Falls, and then some games with the Double-A Tulsa Drillers.
As mentioned above, right-hander Jordan Lyles will be back in the big league rotation Wednesday against the Cubs. Lyles hasn't pitched since June 4, when he fractured a bone in his left hand while covering a play at the plate. The start will break a Major League record-tying stretch of 20 straight games started by a left-handed pitcher for the Rockies. In this kind of season, I wish the Rockies had just delayed the start by a day so that they could have sole possession of that meaningless record.
Other Rockies news
Oh, Rockies. An entire side of the Rockies infield has been victimized by souvenirs. Days after Troy Tulowitzki's fan giveaway jersey was misspelled, it was discovered that Nolan Arenado had his last name spelled incorrectly on collector cups.
Or is it Arendo? Also, there are ten bobblehead gnomes mentioned on the top of the cup and only nine gnomes listed on the cup. Where's number 10? Ugh, the Rockies are such an embarrassment from top to bottom right now.
Remember that game that was maybe going to decide the division title that got suspended back in May? Well, it doesn't matter for the Rockies anymore. Per Nick Groke, the Rockies have gone 18-46 since the game was suspended. In any case, the Rockies announced that the suspended Rockies vs. Giants game from May 22 will be resumed on Sept. 1 at 2:10 p.m.
In case you were wondering, the Rockies still rank in the top three of local primetime programming with an average 2.95 local rating, or 46k households, in the Denver DMA tuning in to Rockies games on ROOT - placing the Rockies 20th in the league in that measure. To make an unfair comparison, Broncos games generally get a household rating somewhere in the 40-50 range.
And now for some good news! Per Teddy Cahill, left-hander Kyle Freeland (PuRP 7), Colorado's first-round pick this year, threw five scoreless innings Tuesday in his debut with Class-A Asheville. Freeland allowed just two hits and struck out six in the outing. More details to follow in today's Pebble Report.