The Rockies continued their hot stretch of baseball on Saturday night with another win in Atlanta and inched one game away from a .500 record. They have won 10 of their last 12 games after a miserable start to the season, and their woeful offense is finding some rhythm—so what has changed? As Nick Groke explains, it’s the “little things.”
For instance, the Rockies have been struggling at the plate with men in scoring position so far, hacking at the ball, not being disciplined, and, as Groke says, looking to “pad the stats.” Bud Black wasn’t happy about it and wanted his team to focus on the small things, the details of every at-bat and situation, and trusting their teammates. He has noticed a difference lately—guys taking walks, not expanding the zone, and waiting for their pitches—and it’s beginning to show in the box score and the win column.
It’s only April 27th, but with the Rockies playing as one of the hottest teams in baseball right now, Noah Yingling of Rox Pile can’t help but ask—will the Rockies be buyers at the trade deadline? Obviously it’s too early to know for sure, but if they continue playing as well as they have lately—119 wRC+ over the last week entering Saturday, 3rd best mark in the NL—the Rockies will need to address some weaknesses to remain competitive down the stretch.
Noah discusses four main areas of the team that could use... something. Some are more obvious than others, like at catcher and on the bench. The other two (starting rotation and outfield) are arguable, I think, especially when you consider Jeff Bridich’s track record of not doing a lot at the trade deadline. If he’s going to make a move, it should be a focused move where we need it most, at catcher or on the bench.
Logan Whaley writes about Ryan Rolison’s meteoric rise through the Rockies system, how the organization has shifted to support his success, and wonders what we can expect to see next from the team’s top pitching prospect (source: me). Ryan continues to put up eye-popping numbers at every level he’s played at so far and it’s becoming obvious that the sky is the limit for him. As Logan notes, we can look forward to seeing Rolison make an impact at the major league level in the not so distant future as a potential ace of the rotation.
On the farm
It was a busy day for the Rockies affiliates, with both the Triple-A and Double-A clubs playing double-headers, and Brendan Rodgers (no. 1 PuRP), among others, stood out.
Rodgers hit a home run as part of a multi-hit effort in game 1, and then improved upon that line in game two by going 3-for-4 with a double and a home run. Brendan was on base all night and scored a total of six runs while knocking in two. He raised his average to .321 and is looking more like the Brendan Rodgers we’ve gotten used to seeing in years past.