While the Rockies have struggled in the month of August, DJ LeMahieu certainly has not. His current streak of nine straight plate appearance of reaching base is just putting a bow on what has been a phenomenal month for him already. DJ is hitting .491/.594/.727 in 15 games this month. For the season, DJ has his slash line up to .342/.415/.498 good for a .913 OPS that I’m pretty sure no one saw coming this year.
Considering how good those numbers are, it makes the fact that DJ is third in baseball in sacrifice bunts all that much more aggravating. No team should be giving away the plate appearances of one of their best hitters and short circuiting their innings; especially one that is playing their home games at Coors Field. While far from being the only reason that the Rockies have struggled to maintain their home field advantage this season, it is symptomatic of not understanding how to take advantage of the home field advantage.
Adam Ottavino pitched another scoreless inning last night in the Rockies win to lay claim to the Rockies franchise record for longest streak without allowing an earned run. These kind of streaks can be a little deceptive, especially for relievers. While Ottavino has not allowed one his own earned runs he has allowed some inherited runs to score that did not count against this streak but still impacted the Rockies win-loss record.
Despite those hiccups, it’s been a good return from Tommy John surgery for Ottavino. His velocity and stuff does not appear diminished in any way and he should be a key member of the Rockies bullpen during this next contention window opening next year.
It’s official: the Rockies will be looking for a High-A affiliate for next year. While some California League shake ups have been rumored for some time and it appeared that the Rockies were going to be impacted by it, this latest development guarantees that. Purple Row will have more on this as the Player Development Contract gets closer to expiring, but expect a new affiliate to joining the Rockies ranks.