The Rockies are losing a bit of ground in the NL West, having lost five in a row. They now sit in fourth place, five games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks. They’re not looking great. We thought improved offense could help, and it’s certainly good, but now the bullpen is struggling to create strong defense. A frightening statistic is that the Rockies bullpen has given up 46 runs in the last two weeks, while the Houston Astros bullpen has given up only 62 all season long.
Many of us Rockies fans were very optimistic about making another run at Rocktober in the 2018 season, but what we’ve seen hasn’t given us much confidence. It’s not impossible, but the Rockies will have to overcome some serious hardships. One question is whether or not a big trade would be worth it for the Rockies. Can the Rockies make up enough ground to make it so one big piece can fix things? There’s obviously other factors that have to be taken into account, but there’s a lot of uncertainty about the Rockies future success in 2018.
All-Star voting is underway, and it is no surprise that third-baseman Nolan Arenado is a strong contender. Other Rockies doing well in voting are Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story. There’s still plenty of time to vote, so be sure to get in there and support your favorite Rockies.
Tom Murphy made his return to the major leagues after an impressive performance in Albuquerque. Bud Black plans to give him some good at-bats alongside Chris Iannetta and Tony Wolters. Also, Adam Ottavino has started working toward returning from his oblique injury. The Rockies could definitely use some quality pitching from him as soon as he can come back. Carlos Gonzalez is also looking like he’ll soon recover from his rib injury that’s kept him out of the last two games.
The Rockies dedicated their offseason to building a super bullpen. They spent big, but so far Bryan Shaw has not lived up to the expectations. We all get nervous to see him come up to the plate. The strategy has been to let him work through this and find his pitch again. This plan might not be popular among fans, and it seems like it’s tough on teammates who are finally delivering some offense. However, until the return of Adam Ottavino, the Rockies simply have to hang in there with one of the worst bullpen pitchers.