Last week, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado was named NL Player of the Week. Yesterday, he was named NL Player of the Month after hitting 389/.422/.758, with nine home runs and 30 RBI. While it will be exceedingly difficult to surpass what that Nationals' Bryce Harper has done this season (.327/.427/.622 with 27 home runs), Nolan is, indeed, a legitimate MVP candidate and, if nothing else, is on his way to his third consecutive RBI title.
There have been calls recently for the Rockies to skip Tyler Chatwood's home starts but frankly, in a crowded rotation that will only become more crowded when Chad Bettis makes his comeback from testicular cancer, it may be time to skip all of Chatwood's starts. However, it's not as though he hasn't been unlucky, as Harding's article makes clear: "According to Statcast™, Chatwood's 84.9-mph average exit velocity coming in was fourth lowest among pitchers." Hard to know what to make of that.
On the injury front, Greg Holland seems to have suffered a cut on his finger ("kitchen accident," according to Bud Black) and is day to day, so don't be surprised if we don't see him until this weekend's series against the Phillies. Meanwhile, outfielder David Dahl, currently on the comeback trail in Triple-A Albuquerque, was placed on the minor league seven-day DL due to back spasms. It's becoming clear that we'll be lucky to see Dahl in the Coors Field outfield for September call-ups.
In their weekly Kizla vs. Groke column, Mark Kizla and Nick Groke debate which trade deadline deal will be more significant for the Rockies going forward: from Pat Neshek or Jonathan Lucroy. Personally, it just feels good to see there is a debate to be had between multiple moves.
Morning Blitz | Ronnie K & Aniello Piro talk to Ryan Hanigan & recap a Rockies win over the Mets | Mile High Sports Radio
Mile High Sports Radio talked to Ryan Hanigan yesterday during their show on 1340 AM about the win over the Mets and the stretch run for the Rockies.
Jonathan Lucroy has yet to make a start behind the plate for the Rockies but he will certainly be the starter once he's ready. While Ryan Hanigan is currently slated to be his backup, should he be? Between Tom Murphy (no. 9 PuRP), Dustin Garneau, and now Tony Wolters, at some point production is going to have to be the driving factor for who gets the plate appearances. That may be a solution that comes with September call-ups, but until then, AAABQ manager Glenallen Hill is going to have to shuffle playing time between the three catchers.
On Tuesday, the newest Rockies reliever, Pat Neshek, talked to the media about coming to Denver, being on 7 teams in 8 years, and his postseason career. It won't be long before he gets the chance to face his old team, as the Phillies come to town tomorrow.
In case you missed it yesterday, Matt Kok checked in on our 2017 draftees at the Short Season midway-point.
Around the NL West
Dodgers ended July with best record in baseball at 74-31 and double-digit leads against the rest of the National League contenders. Things are looking up though: after last night's loss to the Braves they are just .500 in the month of August.
An underrated aspect of the Diamondbacks' resurgence this season has been just how good the rotation has been behind Zack Greinke's rebound season. Zach Godley has been crucial for the team in that regard and Sean Testerman provides a compelling breakdown of why he's been so good.
Raise your hand if you would have liked to have added a dominant right handed reliever with two years of team control at the deadline.
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