Bud Black will be joined in Washington D.C. by three members of his team. Nolan Arenado got the start, and Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story will play as reserves. Arenado’s appearance is no surprise, as he is up near the top of the pack in the NL in batting categories. This is his fourth All-Star game in a row. Story got over his sophomore slump in a big way, putting up excellent numbers to earn his first All-Star appearance. Charlie Blackmon started on the All-Star team last year, but he’s only now starting to find his way in 2018. Despite an outstanding year so far, Adam Ottavino did not make the roster, nor did Kyle Freeland. Ottavino said it made sense, as pitchers have a hard time getting recognition due to playing at Coors Field. It’s a bummer, but we’re excited for the fellows who did make it.
The full rosters have been announced for the 2018 All Star game, so check them out here!
A strong streak for the Rockies ended Sunday in a 6-4 loss to the Mariners. Sunday has been a rough day for the Rockies this season, as they are just 3-11 in playing on this day. The Rockies played quite well, with home runs for Charlie Blackmon, Trevor Story, and Carlos Gonzalez. It wasn’t quite enough, though, with Antonio Senzatela having something of a rough go, giving up three walks and a three-run first inning. The Rockies are looking good in the month of July, though, so we’ll chalk this up to the Sunday blues.
The Rockies have waited long enough to start picking up the pace, but it’s a good thing they did. With the trade deadline and the All-Star break right around the corner, the Rockies need to be ready to make a run for the playoffs, and they seem prepared to do just that. One big factor in this success is Charlie Blackmon. He’s on quite the tear, hitting .333, with six runs and three home runs. After starting the summer in a bit of a slump, he’s finally breaking out, and has even been chosen for the All-Star team. Let’s hear it for Chuck Nazty.
Loads of trade rumors are flying around at this time of year, and none more so than around shortstop Manny Machado. The Dodgers and the Diamondbacks are two of the top contenders for Machado, and if either were to acquire the shortstop, it would spell trouble for the Rockies. Adding another star like this to the NL West would make a tough division even harder. With the division lead still relatively up in the air, obtaining someone like Machado could seal the deal. For the Rockies to stand a chance to get Machado in a trade, they’d have to be willing to give up some pretty good players, but if they don’t even try, it might come back to hurt them in the end.