After over a week of losing games, the Rockies finally got a win in Sunday’s game. German Marquez was a huge part of that, throwing a no-hitter into the eighth inning. Hopefully, the win will bust the slump the Rockies have been in, as we saw some promising elements against the Giants. The Rockies have had a hard time getting runs in during the early innings. They still did not manage to get a score until the third inning, but they were able to get on base. Of course, they did so through walks, but still.
This, though, indicates that the Rockies are having better at-bats, showing patience and battling better with pitchers. Then Arenado hit a three-run bomb, his first home run of the season. This gave Marquez a nice cushion, and he certainly got the job done. Things may not be all the way better, but getting a win under our belts was very necessary, and they looked pretty good doing it.
While a 4-12 start is not ideal for the Rockies, it’s important to keep in mind the positives for the team. First off, the bullpen has been more or less a saving grace. Starting pitchers have been a bit inconsistent, but the bullpen is currently ranked third in the NL in batting average, fourth in innings pitched, and fifth in ERA. Wade Davis and Jake McGee, who were less than impressive last year, have yet to give up a run. The rest of the bullpen has been steady and consistent. It’s easy to dismiss the Rockies, given their record, but the bullpen has really done a great job in holding opponent’s to as few runs as possible. So while they’re losing, they’re not losing by much. It’s little comfort, but we’ll take it where we can get it.
As we analyze why the Rockies are having such a hard start to the 2019 season, we might look to the players we said goodbye to after 2018. As we watch DJ LeMahieu and Carlos Gonzalez with their new teams, we might wonder how different things would be if those two standbys had stayed with the Rockies. There were many fans who were sad to see CarGo go, and many questioned the decision not to sign him. Not only did he bring a strong bat and dominance of the tough Coors right field, he also brought an important attitude to the clubhouse. As good as it is to see DJ LeMahieu finding success, it’s bittersweet to see his .432 batting average with the Yankees. The Rockies opted to put faith in young players and extend Nolan Arenado and German Marquez. Eventually, that decision will pan out, but for now, we miss our DJ and CarGo.
And now, enjoy some classic Nolan being Nolan: