Tommy Kahnle has been dominant out of the bullpen for the Rockies since his callup a few weeks ago. He's allowed just one run over 10.1 innings with 11 strikeouts and one walk. Kahnle came on in a high-leverage situation yesterday with one out and runners at first and third and was able to induce an inning-ending double play. Walt Weiss likes Kahnle in a late-inning role,
"If you look at our bullpen right now, that's where I have him slotted -- late in games to protect leads."
Chad Bettis bounced back after struggling during his last two starts, as he pitched 6.1 innings and allowed just one run against the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday. Bettis now has a record of 3-2 with an ERA of 3.44.
Charlie Blackmon crushed a two-run homer over the right field wall in the fifth inning yesterday to extend the lead to three. Blackmon has been a solid leadoff hitter this year, hitting .271 with an OBP of .343. He also leads the league in RBIs from the leadoff spot with 26.
The Rockies are 10 games under .500, but Walt Weiss hopes this win will turns things around,
"Hopefully, this gets us rolling. If we come out, win a game tomorrow, win the series, that'll give us some momentum moving forward."
Rex Brothers has looked good in Triple-A Albuquerque as of late, says Isotopes manager Glenallen Hill:
"Rex has made good use of his time here. He has figured some things out and has shown much better control of his pitches."
Brothers' last outing he allowed four walks while recording no outs and allowed two earned runs, but let's just hope that was an off night. I wrote an in-depth piece about Brothers last week and was able to talk to him about his recent success.
After being released from the Rockies in March, Jhoulys Chacin signed with the Cleveland Indians but decided to opt out of his contract and has now signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He will report to Triple-A Reno in hopes to make his case for a spot in the MLB rotation. I have a lot of respect for Chacin, and I hope he finds success in the majors again—just not against the Rockies.
Most of us wanted Jon Gray to start for the Rockies today, but instead he will be spending some more times in Triple-A. Bobby DeMuro makes the argument that Gray should be spending more time in the minors to hone his craft. With the Rockies already struggling, DeMuro sees no point in calling up Gray with the risk of him struggling and getting demoted back to Triple-A. Regardless of what you think, it's likely Gray will be up within the next month or two, and another month in Albequerque should at least give him some more time to show that he can be dominant.