Walt Weiss encourages Colorado Rockies to finish strong - Denver Post
Say what you will about Walt Weiss, but he has never quit on a season and his players have never quit on him. That's in marked contrast to the last Clint Hurdle and Jim Tracy years. Of course, Hurdle and Tracy also had winning seasons under their belts at some point--something Weiss has yet to accomplish. But as long as the players keep playing hard, and Arenado and CarGo keep blasting dingers, the Rockies are still worth watching in September.
Not to mention the fact that there are so many unsettled jobs up for grabs next season. If Reyes is traded, Christhian Adames might get the keys to shortstop. What's going to happen at first base? And please, somebody needs to prove he can pitch. There are a lot of jobs to be won out there, and that's a powerful motivator.
Speaking of which, both Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez went deep yesterday to extend their lead on the rest of the National League. Nolan's 38th homer puts him one ahead of CarGo. These guys are going to both hit 40 bombs this season, which is pretty crazy. It's crazy for Nolan because he was never seen as a big-time power prospect--plenty of doubles, sure, and a chance to hit over .300, but 40 home runs? No way. And it's crazy for CarGo because he had just four homers in April and May. The fact that these guys turned on the homer jets has been the most enjoyable aspect of an unfortunate 2015.
Slow day in Rockies-land. Chad Bettis is starting tonight in Seattle.