In an effort to add some rotation depth the Rockies “are negotiation with” right-hander Rodrigo Lopez, according to Thomas Harding of MLB.com.
Lopez pitched for the Rockies in 2007, going 5-4 with a 4.42 ERA in 14 starts before blowing out his elbow. He missed all of 2008 and spent most of the 2009 at Triple-A, returning to the majors with Arizona last season while going 7-16 with a 5.00 ERA in 200 innings.
Lopez is 35 years old and would likely enter spring training no higher than sixth on the Rockies’ rotation depth chart after leading the league in losses (16), homers allowed (37), and earned runs allowed (111) in 2010. He’s presumably available for a minor-league deal.
The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.
After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.
Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.
Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.