It seems like there’s usually a turning point in a baseball game, and lately the Rockies have been on the wrong side of that turn. They’ve been able to get within a run late in the game, but they haven’t been able to get a win. They’re 1-21 in games where they have trailed going into the ninth inning. This isn’t just part of the 2019 Rockies, though. The team is a mere 7-78 in the same situation through last year. It’s not every time; occasionally the Rockies can pull it off. However, for the most part, they’ve been unable to finish the job, especially when they have runners in scoring position. The Rockies need to figure out how to get those “big hits” in order to finish these types of games with better results.
The Rockies brought Daniel Murphy to Denver with the hope that he’d help boost the team’s offense. However, this has not been the case, in part due to Murphy’s injury. He’s certainly got the potential, but that finger injury has caused real problems. He’s hitting below .200 and hasn’t even seen much playing time. Mark Reynolds, Ryan McMahon, and Garrett Hampson are all seeking playing time, and with Murphy not performing well, it might be time to let him have some time on the IL to fully recover. While it’s encouraging in a way to see Murphy still trying to contribute, the fact that he’s not doing much in the way of offense might mean a trip to the IL could serve the whole team better.
In Sunday’s game against the Phillies, the Rockies racked up an impressive four home runs, two of which Ryan McMahon hit. However, they were still unable to get the win. Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story got the other knocks, but it wasn’t quite enough. The Rockies put together a pretty impressive performance, especially given Kyle Freeland’s troublesome start, but they couldn’t get that key hit to win the game. This has been an issue for a while now for the Rockies, who need to find a way to overcome in close games. The team has the potential; they just need to work on the execution.
On the Farm
Pat Valaika hit well against the Chihuahuas for the Isotopes with three hits. Josh Fuentes (no. 16 PuRP) and Yonathan Daza (no. 14 PuRP) each racked up two hits. While Peter Lambert (no. 2 PuRP) gave up nine hits, El Paso only got four runs in the Isotopes’ win.
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