Prior to Tuesday night’s game, the Rockies had four runs across their past four games. This is historically awful for the Rockies, and some of it can be explained away by injuries, but it’s still not great when one of your pitchers is delivering more than supposed stars. One idea for resolving the Rockies woes is removing Ian Desmond from the lineup and bringing Ryan McMahon back. Desmond is struggling so much right now, and it is hard to justify his starting spot, regardless of how much the Rockies are paying him.
And yes, McMahon needs some more at-bats to find his swing, but he is hardly the only Colorado player who needs better hitting. Next, let us see some more of David Dahl, who is one of the only players to have successful at bats so far. If he could get more regular playing time, this could be a difference-maker for the offense. Dahl is something special, and with him healthy and playing consistently, the Rockies might stand a chance. Finally, the Rockies might need to cut back on Chris Iannetta. Tony Wolters is doing his part to contribute, and hopefully we can see continued success for Jon Gray with Wolters behind the plate. Tom Murphy could also be a good option, some kind of alternative that might make a difference.
The Rockies have a 16-15 record in their first 31 games, but the record is hard to believe if we only look at the offense. They’re batting only .221 as a team and are have produced far more strikeouts than hits. Charlie Blackmon is one of the only bright spots, but the Rockies need to be able to rely on all nine of their players. Yes, there have been the suspensions of Nolan Arenado and Gerardo Parra, not to mention injuries to DJ LeMahieu and Carlos Gonzalez. If the Rockies are hoping to live up to playoff expectations, then their bats need to start getting a lot hotter.
Many of us Rockies fans were excited to see Ryan McMahon make the Opening Day roster. He proved that he had a ton of potential in the minor leagues, and we were ready to see how that translated in the big leagues. However, it didn’t go all that well, as McMahon failed to contribute offensively in limited playing time. He was optioned back to Triple-A, with Daniel Castro taking his spot. Castro has some major league experience, which can hopefully help out the Rockies. Although McMahon has shown some better stuff of late, he still needs to be able to gain experience, and some time in Albuquerque will provide him with that opportunity.
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The LA Dodgers are looking at their season differently with the announcement of Corey Seager needing Tommy John surgery. The shortstop will be out for the rest of the season, which is a blow to a team that is already struggling. Justin Turner will be back soon, though, and the team has some other options, but Seager has been one of their top performers, and he will likely be missed.