The Rockies dropped a tough one to the Reds yesterday after Bergman allowed a walk-off single to Tucker Barnhart. Dustin Garneau was called out when the Reds appealed that he had missed third base. Weiss asked for a review, but the call stood and the Rockies had what would've been a crucial run canceled out. Looking at the video of the incident, I honestly don't see how the call wasn't reversed, as I think it is pretty clear that Garneau trips over the bag, but what's done is done. If you missed it, here's Ryan Schoppe's recap of the game from yesterday.
Stinks that the Rockies lost yesterday, especially with that Garneau call looking like it may have gone unfairly against us, but let's take a moment to recognize the terrific career CarGo's had. The sweet-hitting outfielder had two hits in yesterday's loss and celebrated 1,000 career hits. Through 60 ABs this season, CarGo is slashing .367/.415/.683 with four homers and has been a huge part of the offense thus far, picking up where he left off last year.
The Rockies offense has, for the most part, been firing on all cylinders to start the season and leads the NL with 26 homers. Questions remain, however, with the pitching. Tired of this narrative yet? While some members of the rotation have looked good thus far, specifically Tyler Chatwood and Chad Bettis, Jorge De La Rosa has looked absolutely awful to begin the season. The bullpen hasn't fared very well either, with McGee, Rusin, and Castro its only members with ERAs south of 4.00. Jon Gray should be returning relatively soon, but it remains to be seen how the rotation will hold up in the meantime.
Check out this fancy graphic that shows that the Rockies have, for the majority of their existence, been pretty bad. Not much else to say here, it's all in the title.
What if I told you that Hoffman allowed just one run on five hits and two walks on Tuesday night? Not bad, right? But what if I then told you that he lasted just 3 2/3 innings and needed a whopping 84 pitches to do so? Odd start for Hoffman for sure, but he says he's feeling alright and will be looking ahead to his next start this Saturday at Las Vegas.
Miguel Castro has allowed two hits and two walks against eight strikeouts thus far, posting an ERA of just 1.50. The hard-throwing reliever, however, may be facing a short stint on the DL due to shoulder inflammation. It's because of this soreness that Castro was not brought in yesterday, with Weiss instead opting for Christian Bergman. Hopefully he doesn't miss too much more time, as Castro has been one of the few bright spots in the bullpen so far.
Gray is back and he'll be starting against the Dodgers this Friday night at Coors Field! It's going to be great to see him on the mound after working his way back from an abdominal strain. The rotation could certainly use another solid option and it's going to be interesting to see how Gray performs in his 2016 regular-season debut.