German Marquez has been a delightful constant for the Rockies, and this is partly due to his wide arsenal of pitches. He used to throw almost exclusively fastballs and curveballs, but now he’s worked out a slider and a changeup. The Padres put up a good number of hits against Marquez, but he got the job done when he was needed. He’s able to keep hitters guessing, and he’s poised to have a breakout 2019 season. We might even see him as a contender for the Cy Young Award if he can keep this kind of performance up.
Tyler Anderson is not having the best 2019 so far. He struggled at the back end of the Rockies rotation to start with, then got injured and spent some time on the IL. After his return, he gave up 16 earned runs and 15 hits in 11.2 innings. Thus, he was demoted to Triple-A, hopefully to get his head together. Bud Black has said Anderson’s also feeling some knee pain, which explains why he hasn’t been playing in Albuquerque. The Rockies are currently running with a four-man rotation, but that might change in the near future, with someone potentially getting called up.
Charlie Blackmon did his mom proud, hitting two bomb home runs, totalling 914 feet in distance. He’s the third player to hit two homers of 450 feet or more in one game since 2015. Many of us will remember that one was Trevor Story last September against the Giants, at 505 and 459 feet. The other was Jay Bruce. Blackmon finds himself on a hitting streak after finally breaking his early season slump. His swing looks good and the Rockies are bound to do well if he can keep this going.
On the Farm
It was a quiet day for the Isotopes, with just four hits across the board. First baseman Brian Mundell (no. 29 PuRP) put up two of them; Elliot Soto and Dom Nunez (no. 14 PuRP) got the other two. No one was able to get home, though, with the Isotopes getting shut out by the Grizzlies.
Double-A: Harrisburg Senators vs. Hartford Yard Goats: Postponed