Yesterday Jon Heyman tweeted that the Rockies have “checked in” on Orioles lefty reliever Zach Britton. The crowd vying for Britton isn’t small. Ken Rosenthal said that “virtually every top contender” is in the mix for Britton, and Heyman’s tweet linking the Rockies to Britton included six other teams before concluding with “Others, too.”
It’s a morsel to chew on as the trade deadline approaches.
The Rockies are looking better and better as July goes on. Bud Black, always confident in his team, is now justified in that belief. However, the Rockies are now looking at a beast of a schedule. They have Houston, Oakland, St. Louis, and then Milwaukee. Then they return home to face Pittsburgh, followed by Manny Machado and the Dodgers. Then down to Houston and over to Atlanta. It’s an uphill battle, but if they can handle it, they stand a good chance of getting to the playoffs again. There are some things that need tweaking, such as a reliable left-handed reliever. There is some room to play around with the rotation, and hopefully the Rockies can find an arrangement that will work for them.
DJ Lemahieu was placed on the DL with a strained oblique on Saturday, with Garrett Hampson called up to fill in. Some eyebrows were raised, as it seemed a logical move to bring up Ryan McMahon or even Brendan Rodgers. Both have some experience, and they’ve been touted as the top prospects for the Rockies. True, Rodgers has more shortstop experience, and Hampson could be getting a trial run for a future at second base at Coors Field. Or maybe it’s just some more juggling around to see how our prospects look. Either way, it’ll be interesting to see what kind of things Hampson can do at second base.
Even with their loss on Sunday, the Rockies had some fantastic moments in the series against the Diamondbacks. Raimel Tapia’s grand slam, Nolan Arenado’s double play throw, and Trevor Story’s impressive snag and hurl to get the out at first. In response to Story’s athletic feat, MLB tweeted “No. 27 looking like No. 2.” It was good to see Story, who is often overlooked, recognized, but it wasn’t exactly clear what kind of praise they were giving him. Comparisons to Troy Tulowitzki, maybe Derek Jeter? Who knows, but way to go Trevor.