Banged Up Colorado Rockies Overnight a Starting Pitcher to Face the New York Mets

By Jim Heath
Jeff Manship Colorado Rockies
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

I use Amazon for my personal purchases online on what I would admit to as a more than frequent occasion. Because of this, I am completely aware of the speed in which packages can be shipped across the United States – it’s rather impressive I must admit.

What I did not know is the speed in which a struggling baseball club hurting for starting pitching can overnight a pitcher. The Colorado Rockies appear to be very knowledgeable or at the very least know the right connections. Almost seems to me like a tailor made marketing ploy for online merchandisers.

Jeff Manship was called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs last night with the news of Tyler Chatwood being placed on the DL. Manship would arrive at 5:30 ET slated to start a noon game versus the New York Mets.

It almost worked. In fact, Manship certainly pitched well enough for the win going five innings surrendering just two runs on four hits. Not only should his effort be applauded – it was admirable. Unfortunately the Rockies offense didn’t have the recent Triple-A call ups back Thursday plating just one run on a fourth inning Corey Dickerson long ball.

The good news on the day for Colorado is the mere understanding Thursday’s game was the last of the current road trip, a road trip in which the Rockies won just one game in ten attempts. I’d say it was brutal, but that would be stating the obvious.

The Rockies get back-to-back series versus the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres at home. If ever a MLB team needs a homestand it has to be the Rockies.

Purple and black may be the team colors, but right about now they seem a more perfect representative of the battered and bruised team Colorado has become on the season. At this point, wins take a backseat to the more pressing need to simply field a starting ball club.

The homestand seems the right place to crawl out of the brutal slump facing the Rockies – just seems a rather tall order considering the fact their best offensive weapon (Carlos Gonzalez) and starting pitcher (Chatwood) are on the DL (with their closer and two other starting pitchers).

Sometimes in sports suiting up is a part of the plan; other times suiting up can be the biggest challenge.

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