Rockies closer John Axford has been a solid addition to the Rockies so far this season, as he's collected 13 saves in 14 tries with an ERA of 2.42. Axford didn't originally start the year as a closer, but he took over that role after Adam Ottavino went down with Tommy John surgery. At this point, it doesn't seem likely either Nolan Arenado or DJ LeMahieu will be voted into the All-Star game (though Arenado should make it via the player vote), but it's likely John Axford could go to Cincinnati next month representing the Rockies.
Facing Madison Bumgarner is a challenge for any team, but the one bright side is that we can counter with Carlos Gonzalez. CarGo has hit five home runs off of Bumgarner, and has a batting average of .350 in 40 career at-bats. If you don't believe me, just watch this beauty of a home run.
So . . . apparently this is a thing. You can now keep track of how miserable the Rockies are through a somewhat disturbing illustration of Dinger crying. This might give you nightmares.
Chris Rusin provided a solid start yesterday, but the Rockies were unable to capitalize as they fell 7-5. It was frustrating, as the Rockies bullpen again was unable to keep the opposing team from scoring late. The Rockies will need to get a win today in hopes to keep this road trip on a positive note.
Our own Drew Creasman was able to attend this month's Rockies Blogger Panel in Denver and provide some solid insight on the team. Other writers who attended were Richard Bergstrom and Jake Shapiro of Rockies Zingers, and Jeramiah Penaflor of RoxPile. Full audio of the event is in this link.
Yesterday we learned that the Miami Marlins lost Giancarlo Stanton for 4-6 weeks due to a broken hand. This opens up a race between Nolan Arenado, Paul Goldschmidt, and Bryce Harper for the NL MVP. Arenado has some extremely tough competition for the MVP award, but it's definitely a possibility. Arenado has been on a roll as of late. He's hit 12 home runs in the last 30 days. Regardless of what happens, Arenado is the MVP in our hearts.