From helpless to clicking, the Colorado Rockies offense has suddenly scored 17 runs in their last three games. In the middle of that resurgence, of course, is the improved hitting of Nolan Arenado.
It’s not fair to Arenado for the rest of the offense to be so punchless without him, but it is fair to say that he is key to their consistent success. That is one of the reasons he is their franchise player, after all. Aniello Piro takes a look at Arenado’s last three games and observes that so far in 2019, the Rockies’ bats go as Arenado goes.
It’s one thing to simply state that hitters won’t have success if they are pressing. It’s entirely another to break out of a mental funk that might be preventing those hitters from staying relaxed at the plate.
Nick Groke runs down the pressure that had continued to increase for the Rockies’ star hitter. He also has quotes from Arenado and others about how once you get that first hit or home run out of the way, it is a huge relief. That has shown in the last three games, and here’s hoping Arenado and the rest of the offense can carry those good vibes into this weekend’s home series against the Philadelphia Phillies.
The nice thing about an article like this one is that it reminds us it’s still early. We’ll enjoy that while we can and hopefully while the Rockies still have time to get on track. For example: Garrett Hampson appears in this article because of the -9 wRC+ (not a type-o) that he carried into Tuesday’s win against the Padres. Thank goodness for that home run. Jay Jaffe looks at that and other extreme and strange stats from individual hitters so far in 2019.
From individual extremes to extremes in league-wide trends, this article from Ben Lindbergh looks at the significant spike in three-true-outcome at-bats (home run, walk, strikeout). Most of these numbers pop when it comes to strikeouts and home runs, but as far as the Rockies are concerned, I would like to see their hitters partake more in the walk portion of three true outcomes. They are currently among the worst teams when it comes to drawing walks and swinging at pitches out of the strike zone.
Down on the farm
The Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes had their Wednesday game postponed. Elsewhere in the system, Vince Fernandez (PuRP no. 21) went 3-for-4 with a home run in the Yard Goats win. In Asheville’s win, a couple noteworthy hitters pitched in as Terrin Vavra (PuRP no. 13) had a hit and scored two runs and Grant Lavigne (PuRP no. 6) drove in a couple runs.