The Rockies are facing their second-worst start to a season in their whole history. At 3-9, they’ve been outscored by 31 runs and have seen far too many injuries for comfort. Their big stars--Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story, and Charlie Blackmon--haven’t quite figured out 2019. Story’s got four home runs, but that’s outmatched by his 13 strikeouts. Blackmon and Arenado are stuck in a line-drive rut, neither with a home run yet this season. Going up against the Giants in this upcoming series is as good an opportunity as any to get things turned around. Largely, the rotation needs to rebound. They caught a break with the postponed game on Wednesday. Tyler Anderson was scheduled to pitch, but he was put on the 10-day IL, with Jeff Hoffman filling in. Jon Gray got the start Thursday, avoiding that issue for now. The rotation does need to get itself together. They’ve been lit up night after night. The Giants, though, have also struggled offensively, so hopefully the Rockies can capitalize and get more wins under their belts. In order to do so, though, they need to get healthy. They’re mostly wiped out of left-handed hitters, and David Dahl’s injury takes away the Rockies hottest hitter. Lots of things have gone wrong for the Rockies, but hopefully a trip to San Francisco can help get things turned around.
The Rockies have dug themselves quite a hole to start 2019. Injuries, poor pitching, no offense: these have all contributed to a 3-9 start. It’s time for Charlie Blackmon, Nolan Arenado, and Trevor Story need to remind us of who they really are and what they can do. They’re a combined 34-134, which is tragic considering what they are capable of. The Rockies are heading off to play the Giants, who have also not played too well. They Rockies have struggled lately in Oracle Park, but hopefully they can get jump-started and begin to dig their way back out of this hole.
The Rockies are being very cautious with David Dahl and his oblique injury. Bud Black spoke of his recovery with optimism, saying he’s running and throwing at their Arizona training complex. They’re going to take it easy, though, as this kind of injury can be easily re-aggravated if not taken care of early. The Rockies surely miss him and his offensive potential, but better to heal fully now than risk another, possibly worse injury.
In minor league news, the Hartford Yard Goats defeated New Hampshire 10-5 while Asheville fell to Hagerstown 8-2. Lancaster started strong against Rancho Cucamonga, and the Isotopes put up a good battle against Reno.