Our own Eric Garcia McKinley (who is quoted at length in this article) started beating this drum in the offseason. Saying that Nolan Arenado has a 50/50 shot at being a Hall of Famer is an incredible accomplishment in and of itself. Hopefully everyone starts paying attention.
Also, Mr. Monfort, if you’re reading this (and why wouldn’t you be): pay Nolan Arenado all the money so he can never leave the Rockies.
I'm coming to dread the word "versatility." Gerardo Parra has had a much better second season with the Rockies than his first (.318/.348/.480 in 148 AB in 2017), which is good news from the Rockies. But the fact that the Rockies are currently in the position where they just about NEED him to come back in order to pump up the offense (huh?) and spell Mark Reynolds at first base (what?) makes me more than a little upset.
Patrick Saunders also has some good notes from Bud Black on Kyle Freeland's last outing.
Get all the Statcast numbers and player and coach reactions to noted slugger Jon Gray's massive home run last night. With this offense right now, we'll take what we can get.
You know who else was instrumental yesterday? Pat Valaika. Stepping into the lineup to give Trevor Story a day off, the utility man drove in three of the Rockies' five runs yesterday. His .252/.272/.510(!) line isn't ideal, but it's great for a part time utility player, a role the Rockies have been filling with the Rafael Ynoa's of the world for far too long now.
Colorado Rockies rookie pitcher Jeff Hoffman is showing all the signs you want to see from a potential emerging ace. Drew Creasman caught up with the budding star after his good start on Monday.
Perhaps you’ve noticed the controversy over DJ LeMahieu winning the player’s vote for National League second baseman. After tallying 51 extra base hits and winning the National League batting title a year ago, David John has just 18 this year and a .309/.365/.385 line, good for a 86 OPS+. Personally, I think his peers decided he deserved a nod after what he accomplished last year (without earning an All-Star spot), considering the NL second base pool is pretty thin. But what does DJLM think? What all trendy internet folk think of these days: heat death.
Because we could all use the levity right now.
Rockies draft picks 2011-2017 still with the organization and where they are playing. | Purple Row FanPost
Ozarkbear has a nice little round up, in case you are curious.
Around the NL West
In a way, it's good to know it's not just the Rockies who can't hit against the Dodgers, especially considering Arizona has had one of the best offenses in baseball this season. On the other hand, it's really disheartening to know it's not just the Rockies who can't hit against the Dodgers, since that means they may never lose again.
Grant: "I’m more than fine with this development. Lowered expectations are the best expectations, really."
Speak for yourself, sir.
How many times has a solitary player represented the San Diego Padres in the All-Star Game? Plenty.