Daniel Murphy was the big offseason signing for the Rockies. He held the promise for a boost of offense, and he started to show that this could be the case. However, an early injury during an impressive defensive play put a damper on some things. His injured finger still affects his play, and he currently wears a brace on it. It’s healing well, but it needs a bit more time. This has showed in his playing of late, but Bud Black has faith that he can get his swing back. Even though he’s been struggling, Murphy has been working to contribute to his team any way he can.
Charlie Blackmon has been plagued by injuries that have kept him for doing the stuff we all know and love from Chuck Nazty. He then started 2019 in something of a slump, but in the past couple weeks we’ve started to see him looking more like himself. We’re catching glimpses of the 2017 Blackmon, with hard hits and solid play. He’s currently running on a 10-game hitting streak, the sixteenth time he’s had a double-digit game streak. Blackmon is starting to play well, and so it seems is the rest of the team. They’ve each had some low points in the year, but it’s looking like their all starting to get things squared away. Blackmon is one of the leaders on the team, and when he can do well, that bodes well for everybody.
Nolan Arenado signed a huge deal with the Rockies, which seemed to define things for his and the team’s future. However, the story’s not over, as he’s now a focus of a more national attention. In addition to staying healthy and playing well, Arenado now serves as the face of the Rockies with the media. He’s getting used to it as he gets more practice, and as long as the third baseman continues to succeed like he has, the attention is bound to keep coming his way. Arenado still has the good of the team on his mind, though, working on stringing together at-bats that serve the offense best overall. The Rockies are trying not to add too much pressure on Arenado, instead trusting him to figure out his best balance between playing, being there for his team, and being the face for the media.
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