Things are currently a little different for the Rockies than they were this time last year. In 2017, the Rockies were still strong contenders as the trade deadline approached, so they looked to buy some players who could seal the deal. Now, though, with the dreadful June we’ve had, the Rockies should think about selling.
One strength of the Rockies has been maintaining a stellar farm system. They’ve recently had some reliable depth to look to, and now might be the time to start looking for more. With plenty of outfield options, like David Dahl and Noel Cuevas, the club might consider selling Gerardo Parra and Carlos Gonzalez. Despite re-signing with the Rockies during the offseason, and even though he’s had a pretty quality year so far, he’s an older player whose future with the Rockies is questionable. Parra has also been doing okay this year, but the injury-prone outfielder is also getting older, so now could be a good time to sell. A final option to look at for the Rockies to sell is (sob) DJ LeMahieu. He’s been a consistent rockstar for the team, but given the state of his contract, as well as how the Rockies have been doing, it seems plausible the team could seek to capitalize on the whole situation. These kind of trade moves could lead the way for the young new Rockies to step up and show us what they can do.
Bud Black won’t get much of a break over the All-Star Game, as he’ll be part of the coaching staff for the NL in the game. The manager of the Dodgers, Dave Roberts, will lead the staff, and Black is hoping to see some of his Rockies players on the roster. Nolan Arenado, with his phenomenal play is well ahead of Kris Bryant in the third base voting. Trevor Story and Charlie Blackmon are still in the running, so hopefully they can get the votes to make it to the game in Washington, D.C.
The Rockies were close to a sweep against the Dodgers before Matt Kemp’s home run in the eighth inning against Adam Ottavino. Nolan Arenado hit his 21st home run, bumping him to the top of the NL HR chart. Bud Black was still mostly satisfied with his team’s performance. If they can go 2 for 3 in more of their series, that’d be just fine.