Trevor Story has bounced back from his 2017 sophomore slump in the best way anyone could have asked for. He’s having a career season and could be considered one of the top shortstops in the league. Story’s power in undeniable. He can hit the ball with the best of them. But something that could easily be overshadowed is his impressive speed. He’s one of the quickest in all of the MLB at getting to first base. Not only does this help prevent double plays, but it also means he can steal bases. His batting average has been climbing all season long, making him a huge offensive threat. Let’s not forget, though, that his defensive work is nothing to scoff at. Shortstop is not an easy position to play, but Story almost makes it look easy. He’s put up a great show this season, and we can only expect to continue to see great things from him.
Kyle Freeland helped the Rockies extend their home winning streak with an incredible performance in Monday’s game. He threw seven scoreless innings and got his tenth win, leading the Rockies in that stat. His ERA is 3.04, and he has basically mastered pitching at Coors Field. The hometown hero has had a great season, and we are starting to wonder if he’s the ace of the team. Jon Gray has previously held this title, and since his return from Albuquerque, he’s been doing good work to prove that he deserves the honor. He’s thrown 25 strikeouts and has a 1.52 ERA since his return. It’s a tough call, and maybe the two will have to share the title of ace of the Rockies.
It’s getting down to crunch time as the season starts to wind down, and if the Rockies want to stay in the running for the postseason, they might consider making some moves to achieve more success. Olivia Greene breaks down three such moves that could help. First, she suggests sending down a catcher, which it turns out the Rockies are on top of, optioning Tom Murphy, leaving Chris Iannetta and Tony Wolters to man the plate. Next she talks about shaking up the bullpen a little, primarily making Adam Ottavino the closer. Wade Davis has had his rough patches, and perhaps putting the hot Ottavino in the wrap up spot could help finish some more games. Scott Oberg could step up to fill that eighth inning spot, as he has done well, with a 7-0 record. Another idea is to move Chad Bettis into the bullpen. His starts have been a bit weak lately, but he might find more success pitching later in the game. The Rockies have had some success in this second half of summer, and these kinds of shake ups might help finish the season strong.