Tony Wolters went for broke in Sunday’s game against the Mets, as Kyle Freeland came up to base. He soared into second, getting his first stolen base of the year. Wolters dedication to sacrifice his body and give the Rockies everything he’s got show why we need to see more of him. The passion he shows is invaluable, and the Rockies are lucky to have that kind of passion. Wolters has some pretty solid numbers, both offensively and defensively. Chris Iannetta was a great pick up for the Rockies, but there’s just something about Wolters.
With a 10-12 record with Iannetta behind the plate, and 10-3 with Wolters, it’s not a huge stretch to say that Wolters can bring something great to the team. I’m excited to see him catching more for Jon Gray. Early on, Gray indicated that he preferred throwing to Wolters, and while his early woes weren’t entirely due to throwing to Iannetta, I’m hoping the Gray-Wolters combo can lead to great things, both for the pitcher and the guy behind the plate.
DJ LeMahieu came off of a 10-day DL to play in Tuesday night’s game against the Angels. LeMahieu hurt his hamstring back on April 30, and the Rockies are ready to welcome back LeMahieu as a potential boost to the steadily improving offense. Pat Valaika, despite an impressive 2017 season off the bench, has struggled so far and will hope to find more success in the minor leagues. LeMahieu had some solid plays at second, not to mention a strong bat in the 4-2 win over the Angels.
Jon Gray played some great baseball Tuesday night against the Angels. He helped the Rockies achieve their sixth straight win as well as their ninth straight quality start. Gray may have had a challenging start to the 2018 season, but lately he’s been proving to us that he has what it takes. He had some rough moments in the first inning, with the bases loaded and two outs, but he got through it and finished the game with eight strikeouts in seven scoreless innings.
The Angels have an impressive lineup, with Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, and Shohei Ohtani. However, Jon Gray delivered a quality start, and Drew Creasman looks at his performance and the Rockies’ performance in Tuesday night’s game.
James Paxton kept his cool when an eagle landed on him earlier this season, and it’s possible that the bird brought him good luck, as he became only the second Canadian-born pitcher to throw a no-hitter. He brought his best stuff, reaching a 99 mph pitch at his fastest. His team was definitely on his side, working hard to get the young pitcher to where he wanted to be. Congratulations to the 29-year-old lefty.