It’s no secret that the Colorado Rockies’ offense has been scuffling in the early part of the 2017 season. From DJ LeMahieu to Carlos Gonzalez to Trevor Story, players all over the lineup have looked like shells of their former selves this April.
Still, the Rockies are now 7-4 and are coming off of a road win against Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants. Story showed signs of climbing out of his huge season-opening slump by hitting a massive two-run homer off of the SF ace. The Rockies still aren’t fixed on offense by any means — the team managed just seven hits and two walks while striking out 10 times last night — but the fact that the team has been able to do just enough to beat, like, legendary opponents suggests hope is on the horizon.
Nick Groke from the Denver Post has more on this subject.
It would behoove the Rockies to take advantage of the new 10-day disabled list and give ailing ace Jon Gray some time to get over a toe injury that has been a problem in all three of his starts this season. Missing a start or two at this point won’t kill the Rockies, who can fall back on a number of options — German Marquez, Jeff Hoffman, Chris Rusin — while continuing to tread water during the early parts of the season.
LeMahieu had a couple of hits last night as he continues to dig out of an early season funk at the plate. The Gold Glove second baseman has been his reliable self on defense, though, which has been vital to the team given the fact that they’ve needed to win a bunch of close, pitchers’ duel type of games.
Among the short series of quick anecdotes is our Eric Garcia McKinley’s recollection of the late ‘80s Colorado Springs Sky Sox — most notably, Luis Medina, who didn’t make much of a mark in the majors but did eventually wind up in the Sky Sox’ Hall of Fame.