Kyle Freeland was the Rockies first-round draft pick last year, and he’s yet to pitch in a game this season. Freeland is still in Arizona, where he’s rehabbing from shoulder fatigue and also a small surgery to remove some bone chips in his arm. According to senior director of player development Zach Wilson, Freeland is doing well and he’s improving. It doesn’t look like there’s a current timetable for when Freeland might get some game action, but as of right now it seems the Rockies just want to make sure they take their time with him.
Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez make up a combined 36 percent of the Rockies' payroll, and they've combined to hit .248 with 72 strikeouts and just 23 walks. These are not the numbers you'd expect to see from the two stars. Tulo's lack of power this season has led to pitchers throwing him balls in the zone, which has been a big factor in his inability to walk. There was a flash of power this weekend in Philadelphia when Tulo went deep off of Cole Hamels in back-to-back at bats.
CarGo's issue this season has been pitches off the plate. He's an aggressive hitter, so he will swing at more than just pitches that are in the strike zone. In 2010, CarGo hit 60.2 percent of balls outside of the zone. This year, he's hit just 52.2 percent. CarGo is hitting just above the Mendoza line at .212 and has just on more RBI than backup infielder Daniel Descalso. These numbers are definitely not CarGo-like. Both of the players are hitting significantly below their career norms, and if both players get hot at the same time, it would play a huge part in turning around the 2015 season.
Rockies’ starters have been pitching extremely well as of late. Over the last six games, starters have thrown 42.2 innings while allowing just 30 hits and ten walks with an ERA of only 2.53. Simply put, these numbers are shocking. If the starters could keep this up over the rest of the season, a Wild Card spot is likely. But realistically, it won’t stay this way. Bobby DeMuro believes the staff will once again struggle, but he also believes Rockies fans should be optimistic about the improvement from guys like Eddie Butler and Chad Bettis. If those players can continue to grow, it will help pave the way for the starting rotation in 2016 and beyond.
I love baseball. I love rain. But I hate when the two are combined. There have been four rainouts this year, forcing three doubleheaders on the season. Richard Bergstrom talked with a few players about the weather and how it affects the team. The Rockies head back to Denver tomorrow, so I decided to pull out my iPhone and check the weather for the upcoming week, and we're supposed to have sunshine all the way till Friday. Hooray! This is a great in-depth article, and I highly recommend it.