DJ LeMahieu is known for his elite defensive talent and has never been much of an offensive threat. Lately, however, LeMahieu has definitely caught some national attention due to the start of his 2015 season, as he’s hitting .417 after a month of baseball. LeMahieu is just 26 years of age and is slowly turning into one of the best second basemen the Rockies have ever had. When asked about his start to the year, LeMahieu said this:
"This is my fifth year in the big leagues. I feel comfortable right now, and I feel like I'm in a good spot. Obviously I'm not going to hit .500 this year, but I just hope that my routine carries me through."
J.J. Buck from Rockies Zingers was able to spend some time chatting with Rockies pitching coach Steve Foster. Foster, who was the bullpen coach for the Royals’ World Series team last year, is in his first year with the Rockies organization. Foster definitely has a lot on his plate, and he’s tried to coach young pitchers in Tyler Matzek, Eddie Butler, and Jordan Lyles. When asked about the mindset pitchers needs to succeed, Foster said, "It starts everyday with your attitude, the habits of your mind." This article contains the full audio from the interview, and I highly recommend checking it out.
The Rockies surprised most and finished the first month of regular season baseball with a winning record. The Rockies offense has been good and the pitching has not been so good. No surprises there. Bobby DeMuro believes the best game of the month was Opening Day when the Rockies put a 10-0 beatdown on the Milwaukee Brewers. The worst game? Let’s just all agree it was the blown save from LaTroy Hawkins after giving up a home run to ex-Rockie Dexter Fowler. DeMuro touches on the MVP, LVP, and a bunch more in this article. The final grade for the month of April? A-. I will take it.
Oh, you know, just another article about Nolan Arenado’s awesome defense. Arenado made possibly the play of the year a few weeks back when he made a running catch in foul ground and ended up in the stands. If you want to skip the reading and just get to the good stuff, click here. You are welcome.