The Rockies came away 10-6 victors in last evening's game against the Giants at Coors Field and no less than seven of their runs came from the bat of Nolan Arenado, who homered twice in a 4-for-5 showing that included a double and resulted in a career-high seven RBI, just one shy of the franchise record. Arenado, who was hitting .222 entering the night, is now slashing .313/.371/.750 through eight games and has four home runs. Trevor Story, Carlos Gonzalez, and Charlie Blackmon all contributed to the offensive outpouring of runs as well, collecting four triples on a night in which the team logged 18 total hits. It was, of course, a tough night for the starting pitchers as both Peavy and Lyles were lit up. Luckily, Chris Rusin tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief and picked up the win, looking terrific while doing so. He struck out three and it didn't allow a hit in a fantastic performance. He's going to be a key cog of the bullpen as a long relief guy and spot starter moving forwards, especially if we continue to have more short outings from our starters like last night.
$1.39, that's how much. Here's a depressing ticker that continuously updates to show you just how much the Rockies have paid the absent shortstop. Check it out if you want to get angry at something today.
Two vets will take the hill this afternoon and Jorge De La Rosa will be looking to get things going after what's been a rough start to the season. The veteran has failed to last past the fourth inning in both of his starts thus far and has been shelled for twelve earned runs on 15 hits through just 8 2/3 innings.
A look at how giving players a day off is becoming more common in MLB, with some quotes from Walt Weiss on his mentality behind his approach to deciding just who will be on the bench. Notable exceptions include Nolan Arenado, DJ LeMahieu and Charlie Blackmon, who are absolute workhorses. Since most players will never admit to needing a break, Weiss says he has to be proactive about it and do his best to figure out when a guy needs a day off and when the best time to do so is.
Over the past couple of years, DJ has developed into a pretty solid hitter to go along with a phenomenal glove. The second baseman is currently slashing .464/.516/.786 through the first eight games and has three doubles and two homers. He's also drawn three walks and knocked in four. LeMahieu offers Weiss a lot of flexibility in terms of setting the lineup, as he's hit anywhere from leadoff to the bottom of the order. He'll never be a guy that draws a lot of attention from the national media — not many Rockies players to, of course — but he's an absolutely essential cog of this team.
Tony Wolters, an offseason acquisition whose versatility allows him to play pretty much wherever, collected his first hit last week in his debut. Wolters seems like a genuinely awesome dude and it's great to see him get an opportunity at the highest level. Check out the piece for four other reasons Ryan Spilborghs thinks you should be excited about the Rockies.