Rockies First Series: Ups and Downs

The Colorado Rockies had a three-game series with the Texas Rangers to start off the 2020 MLB season. There were some things that the Rockies did very well and want to carry over into their two-game series against the A’s and things that they want to improve on.

Ups

Starting and Bullpen Pitching

The Rockies have had a ton of success with their pitching during this series. For their starters, German Marquez had a no hitter going into the 6th inning and finished the game with 5.2 innings, 2 H, 1 ER, 6 SO and a 1.59 ERA. The next day, Jon Gray put out another great start for the Rockies. He went 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 SO, and a 1.93 ERA. Finally, Kyle Freeland. Freeland took the mound on Sunday needing a comeback year. He made his case, going 6 innings with 4 H, 2 ER, 5 SO and a 3.00 ERA. Overall, the Rockies have only given up six runs in their first three games. It was nice to see the pitching doing so well, and not having to worry about the bullpen giving up the lead.

For the bullpen, we have seen much promise for this season. We have seen Carlos Estevez, Jairo Diaz, Daniel Bard, Yency Almonte and Wade Davis. Estevez has pitched in two games totaling, 2.1 innings, 1 SO, a 1.714 WHIP, and a 0.00 ERA. Diaz has also pitched in two gamez with 2.0 innings, 2 SO, a 0.5 WHIP and a 0.00 ERA. The biggest story was Daniel Bard, who hasn’t pitched in MLB since 2013. He made his Colorado Rockies debut on Saturday, going 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 SO, a 1.5 WHIP and a 0.0 ERA. Finally, Wade Davis got a save opportunity on Saturday. He struggled in 2019 and wanted to redeem himself. Almonte made his first appearance on Sunday. He went 2.0 innings with 1 H, 3 SO, 0.5 WHIP and a 0.0 ERA. Davis went 2.0 innings in two games, with 1 ER, 1 H, 1 SO, a 1.0 WHIP and a 4.5 ERA and two saves. The Rockies have good starting pitching, but it was nice to see that the bullpen is stepping it up, even when Scott Oberg hasn’t been able to pitch yet.

Bard

Defense

The Rockies Defense is always good, and fun to watch. That was the case for this series as well. The only error they committed was on a tough play that Trevor Story couldn’t get to. Other than that, the Rox had robbed home runs, had acrobatic tag outs, and multiple diving catches. It’s going to be a fun year watching these guys play, and it will also give the pitchers more confidence knowing they they can trust the guys behind them.

Trevor Story

Even with the one error on Friday, and the slow start with the bat, the Rockies got their old Trevor on Sunday. With a two home run game and a pretty display of defense. He has now brought his average up to .333 with four walks, a .538 OBP and one stolen base on this young season. It looks like Trevor Story is almost in mid-season form.

Downs

Strikeouts

The Rockies have had trouble putting the ball in play the last couple of games. The Rockies are third in the MLB in strikeouts with 31. They won two games out of three, so it did not hurt them very much, but putting the ball in play more will help their offensive numbers.

Walks

It is hard to try to pick out something negative from the great pitching the Rockies had this three game series. If there was one thing that needed improvement, it was the amount of walks the team gave up. They are currently tied for 7th in walks given in the MLB. Over the three games, they allowed 12 walks, and they had to get themselves out of tight situations. They did, which is good to see, but it would be nice if they limited the amount of walks so they don’t get put in such positions.

The Rockies are looking good this season, now 2-1. Next, they have a tough match-up against the A’s. If they can put more balls in play and cut down on some of the walks they can be a hard team to beat this short season.


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