When Jon Gray gets to decide what uniforms they will wear, he has always picked white jerseys with purple pinstripes. But on Wednesday, he chose purple. It may seem like a little thing, but it signifies the kind of changes he’s been willing to make and the hard work he’s done to follow through. Jon Gray had a terrible start to the season, despite being touted as the star starter. He was clearly in his head, giving up multiple runs at a time, unable to get over letting someone get on base. It makes sense: he was under a lot of pressure after the way last season ended. It may have been too much pressure, though. In the Wednesday game, Gray seemed a lot more relaxed, both on the mound and in the dugout. He looks like he’s been able to regain some confidence and calm down a bit. He claims his decision to wear purple was so that his uniform would match his shoes. Looking good, Gray.
Along with Seunghwan Oh, the Rockies signed reliever Santiago Casilla, seeking to further bolster a middling bullpen. The Oakland A’s designated Casilla for assignment, and if the trade goes through, the Rockies will place him in the minor leagues. The A’s would pay the rest of his salary this year, making it pretty low risk for the Rockies. Casilla has put together a dominant ERA, and he has plenty of playoff experience, which the Rockies could certainly use if they are able to make it to Rocktober.
The Rockies completed the deal for Seunghwan Oh Thursday, making it official. The Rockies sent to Toronto Forrest Wall and Chad Spanberger, both pretty solid prospects. Thirty-six-year-old Oh played in Korea and Japan, then joined the Cardinals in 2016. He’ll provide a nice addition to the Rockies bullpen, who fortunately have already been improving. Scott Oberg, Adam Ottavino, and Wade Davis have given the Rockies something solid to lean on, but Oh can now provide some much-needed depth.
The Rockies battled hard with the Astros, and the series split indicates that it was pretty well matched. Jon Gray and Tyler Anderson held their own against Astros pitchers, and our bats looked pretty good, especially Charlie Blackmon’s walk-off home run. These Rockies look much better than the Rockies of June, and it’s not just one player carrying the weight. Everyone is doing his part to help the Rockies get back to October baseball. There’s still an uphill road ahead of them, but the Rockies have shown that they might have what it takes.