The Colorado Rockies went 3-1 against the San Fransisco Giants in their last series. This puts their record at an impressive 9-3 and has them leading the NL West by half a game. There are a couple of things that we can take from this series in Denver. Mostly good, but we also found out some things that need to change if the Rockies plan.
Nolan Arenado Found his Bat
Nolan has been quiet during this early season. He exploded with three home runs in four games and four RBIs. His average and OBP rose a little but are still at a weak .244 (average) and .319 (OBP). Arenado needs a lot of work to help out his stats, and by going 0-4 in the last game of the series he didn’t do himself any justice. It was nice to see some success with his swing which should give him more confidence when they head over to Seattle.
Trevor Story is on Fire
Trevor hit another home run this weekend against the Giants, which puts him up to five for the year, tied for third in the MLB. He also only had one strikeout for this series which now puts him at an impressive five for the year. The average slipped a little from a .345 to .295, but he is putting the ball in play. Trevor has also looked very impressive on defense as well. Making difficult plays look routine, and even throwing someone out while sitting. This is a fun ‘Story’ to watch and we’ll see what else he can do this season.
Wade Davis went on the 10-day IL list this past week. He has been shaky this year, only playing three games and then blowing a save against San Diego. The Rockies have to look for someone else that can close the door on close games. Yency Almonte got a save this series, and Carlos Estevez also has experience with closing. Wade could possibly come out of the bullpen and do some work, but as for now, he is not helping this team win games.
On August 2nd, Oberg was placed on the 60-day IL. This is a tough loss for the Rockies since Oberg was their best bullpen guy last year. It would have been nice to see him try to win the closing spot. The only bright side for this year is that the pitchers in the bullpen have been picking up the slack. The Rockies have nine pitchers in their bullpen throwing 3.68 ERA and a .4 WAR. It is nice to know when Oberg gets back that he will fit right into a group of pitchers that have exceeded expectations.
The Rockies are looking very good this season. On the downside, they faced a Giants team that is struggling and still gave up a game to them. If you want to check out the breakdown from the Giants’ perspective check out @sfgiantsera series recap, entitled Giants Appear ‘Rocky’ Against The Rockies. The Rockies face Seattle next, and it will be interesting to see who can step up for closer and if Arenado and Story can stay hot.
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