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The worst moments of the 2019 Rockies offense

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Rockies news and links for Sunday, April 14, 2019

A bevy of missed chances in several games has led to Rockies’ disarray | Mile High Sports
It’s no secret that the Colorado Rockies’ offense has played a large role in the team’s struggles out of the gate in 2019. Luke Zahlmann points out some particular instances where the club has failed to capitalize in key situations.

One such instance was Friday night’s 18-inning affair with the San Francisco Giants in which the Rox went down by a score of 3-2. I personally have some sympathy for the play at home plate by catcher Chris Iannetta that allowed the Giants to achieve a walk-off victory. Ultimately, the Rockies had opportunities to push at least a run across in innings 9-18, but they did not. The continued struggles on offense played more of a role in the loss than a misplay at home plate. Of course, Iannetta also struck out four times in four at-bats, so he contributed to the poor offensive showing as well.

Colorado Rockies injury news: Murphy, McMahon, Dahl, Senzatela
Of course, to be fair to the Rockies, the injury bug has been an uncontrollable reason for some of the struggles. The good news is that many of the Rockies dealing with injury appear to be on track to return sooner rather than later. As Kevin Henry of Rox Pile reports, Antonio Senzatela could be back on the major league roster as soon as Monday, taking the rotation spot of Tyler Anderson as the Rockies open a two-game set in San Diego against the Padres.

Daniel Murphy has avoided having to undergo surgery and could be back in early May, which is ultimately a positive outlook compared to how long some players are kept out with broken extremities.

Henry notes that Ryan McMahon is “likely the nearest to return.” It’s a small sample of course, but McMahon’s 50 wRC+ is actually one of the better marks on the team, so his return could well inject some more life into the offense.

Finally, there’s David Dahl who has no timetable for a return in working back from a left side core injury. Manager Bud Black has mentioned a “cautious” approach in Dahl’s case, specifically.

MLB to honor military on Armed Forces Day | MLB.com
Alyson Footer of MLB.com details upcoming special uniforms coming to baseball for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Independence Day and the All-Star Game. There’s also a new uniform for Armed Forces Day on May 18.

PS- A reminder that the Rockies do not play on the fourth of July, which just doesn’t seem right to me.

PPS- The 2019 Father’s Day caps are certainly interesting.

On the farm

From all the call-ups to the MLB level, you’d think the Albuquerque Isotopes would be struggling to put together offense in Triple-A. That was not the case on Saturday evening in an 11-2 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers. The ‘Topes pounded out 15 hits, with every member of the lineup except for Drew Weeks collecting at least one knock. Sam Hilliard (No. 11 PuRP) homered in a four-RBI night, while Craig Gentry, Roberto Ramos (No. 26 PuRP) and Noel Cuevas all collected three hits. Cuevas also stole two bases. Brendan Rodgers (No. 1 PuRP) walked three times and collected a base hit, while Dom Nuñez (No. 30 PuRP) reached base three times via two walks and a single.

Ryan Castellani (No. 10 PuRP) had a solid start, striking out seven and allowing only one run in 5 2/3 innings of work.

Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes 11, Tacoma Rainiers 2

Double-A: Hartford Yard Goats 9, New Hampshire Fisher Cats 6

Single-A: Game 1—Asheville Tourists 5, Hagerstown Suns 1

Game 2—Hagerstown Suns 5, Asheville Tourists 4