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Rockies face offensive woes once again

Rockies news and links for April 11, 2018

Colorado Rockies: Charlie Blackmon scratched from the starting lineup | Rox Pile

Charlie Blackmon sat out in Tuesday night’s loss against the Padres with a tight right quad. This was announced about an hour and a half before the game, and it led to some switches in the lineup, with DJ LeMahieu hitting leadoff and Mike Tauchman playing center field. The Rockies certainly missed Blackmon in the 5-2 loss, but in a stretch of two and a half weeks with no days off, I personally think it’s better to let Blackmon rest instead instead of playing a little hurt. He is without a doubt a huge component of the Rockies’ offense, and if he’s going to be used a little less until he’s fully healthy, we’re going to need the rest of the team to step up and provide some productive at-bats.

Colorado Rockies Injury News: David Dahl placed on minor league DL | Rox Pile

The Rockies are hoping for some good production out of David Dahl this season. He had a promising spring training, and has been playing in the minors to get some solid at-bats to get ready to return to the major leagues. However, he has been placed on the DL, apparently due to a stomach virus. He lost his spleen in a collision last season, and this virus might be due to reduced immunity. Things start to get a little worrisome for the Rockies if Charlie Blackmon continues to have injuries causing him to sit out games. If both he and David Dahl are removed as options, the team will have a harder time coming up with viable options. Here’s hoping both Dahl’s stomach virus and Blackmon’s muscle woes are fleeting in the 2018 season.

Rockies can’t afford early funk from Ian Desmond, Trevor Story and CarGo to become early slump | Denver Post ($)

It’s still early on in the season, but it’s hard not to be wary of the lackluster performance thus far by Trevor Story, Ian Desmond, and Carlos Gonzalez. Bud Black claims not to be too concerned, as we are just a few games into the 162 the Rockies will play. However, if these three fall into a slump, that could spell trouble. Black is willing to wait until he can have a bigger sample size, which is fair, and Ian Desmond hit a homerun Monday and Trevor Story hit one Tuesday, so it might just be a matter of time. It’s not yet time to panic, but I am hoping we can see some more production out of these three, especially with Charlie Blackmon needing some rest.

Lucchesi, Padres tame Rockies as offense continues to struggle | Mile High Sports

The Rockies had a difficult time offensively in their Tuesday night game against the Padres. Once again, Charlie Blackmon sat out with a slight injury, which made for an interesting lineup. DJ LeMahieu led off again, with Pat Valaika playing first base and Mike Tauchman in center field. The game started off well with Trevor Story hitting a two-run home run, but after that, the Rockies weren’t able to come up with anything offensively. Tyler Anderson had a relatively solid night pitching, giving up only two runs. Bryan Shaw replaced him, then proceeded to give up his first runs as a Rockie. The Rockies fall to 5 and 7, and we can only hope the offense can start to improve.

The Playoff Picture Has Already Shifted | FanGraphs

We still have a long baseball season ahead of us, but there are some numbers that have already changed in these first few games. It’s certainly too early to say anything for sure about what the playoffs might look like, but based on these first few weeks, Jeff Sullivan at FanGraphs has some projected changes about what the playoffs might look like. Obviously nothing is definite yet, but it’s interesting to see what effect these first few games have on season predictions.