What a difference a solid second half can make. The Colorado Rockies traded for Lucroy in a true buy low scenario. He turned things around and was a stabilizing presence for the Rockies and their young pitchers as the team reached the playoffs.
Just like that, an acquisition that was met with at least some skepticism has turned into a top priority for the Rockies this offseason. Lucroy is a free agent and has reportedly expressed interest in returning to Colorado. The news this week was that he switched agents.
Patrick Saunders explains why that might be a good thing for the Rockies and their chances to sign Lucroy:
Terrible pun aside, there’s an interesting tidbit here about Trevor Story not being a finalist for a gold glove this season. Manager Bud Black believes that Story was not recognized on defense because of his offensive production in 2017.
Cumulatively that might make sense, but over the grind of the long season it felt like Story kept himself valuable with his defense during some brutal stretches on offense. Recall, for example, the moments in time when folks were calling for Brendan Rodgers to take over at short. Story’s defense was more consistent than his offense this season, and if his bat catches up he’s going to be a heck of a player in the seasons to come.
I mean, what did you expect him to say? And the commissioner certainly has to know we’re all skeptical after an admittedly hot Dodgers Stadium played like the new Yankees Stadium in game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night (see what I did there?).
It’s amazing how much this World Series changed at the end of game 2. The Dodgers were just a few outs away from a 2-0 lead with Kenley Jansen on the mound. Now they’re down 2-1 and face the tall task of winning a game in Houston to get the series back to their home field. Eric Stephen takes a look at what needs to change for the Dodgers to get their bats on track.