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Tuesday Rockpile: State of the Keystone

After creating some buzz of late that the Rockies might attempt to acquire a starting pitcher, Troy Renck has backtracked a bit, intimating that the Rockies would try to upgrade second base, with Jamey Carroll and Orlando Cabrera.  I'll throw Mark Ellis on the pile as well.

Before you convulse at those lack of "difference-makers" in that list, first recognize just how terrible the Rockies keystone situation is.  Whereas third base was once a black hole of incredible ineptitude, Ty Wigginton's surge has stabilized the position.  Second base....not so much.

The in house candidates of Jonathan Herrera, Eric Young Jr and Chris Nelson have stalled.  Young appears to be out of the rotaton at second base already, Herrera is hitting .105 in June, and Nelson is on a 1-for-19 streak.

For now, the Rockies are going to play the "hot hand" at second.  That might just mean playing Nelson at Coors Field and Herrera on the road.  It is not a surprise that 16 of those 19 at-bats in Nelson's streak have come on the road.  His hot streak completely coincided with the last homestand. 


Nelson's home/road splits are hardly surprising for a young Rockies player. In fact, they tend to be the norm as hitters adjust to the different movement of pitches home and road.  While it is definitely small sample size now, there is something legitimately driving the splits, and it will improve with time, as it did with Matt Holliday, and now a bit, with Carlos Gonzalez.  

Whether it will be enough to make Nelson a viable starter at the position this year remains the question, and I am dubious.  In the meantime, a home/road platoon of Nelson and Herrera might make the most sense.  And oh-by-the-way, Nelson isn't the only fan favorite with scary home/road splits.  Charlie Blackmon arrived a week later and has been doing the same dance, on hyperspeed.

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