Trevor Story has been an exciting player for the Rockies since his early days in the major leagues. He hit home run after home run in his first season, exciting Rockies fans before suffering an injury that took him out for a good portion of the year. While we were excited about his 10 early home runs, he also had 17 strikeouts, which was certainly overshadowed, but still there. This trend continued for Story into his second season, but he has worked on his plate discipline and has seen real success. He’s getting more contact, not just whiffing at balls over the plate. Story has broken many records as a young shortstop, including being the first to have a season with 30 home runs, 40 doubles, and 25 stolen bases. He’s currently on pace to outmatch that in the 2019 season, already with eight under his belt. Story can hit hard, as we’ve seen, and he will likely continue to be a big star for the Rockies.
In the second half of the series against the Brewers, the Rockies finally broke out offensively, with 22 runs over the two games. One big indicator of the Rockies success is how Nolan Arenado does. He seems to be a kind of barometer for hitting; when he hits well, so does everyone else. When the Rockies signed the huge deal with Arenado, the hope was that he would be a leader and that has shown in the past several games. Hopefully the Rockies can keep this trend up as the season goes on.
The Rockies matched their season-high 11 runs from Wednesday in Thursday’s game against the Brewers. It looks like the offense is starting to look like what it can really be, and what many hoped it would be from the start. Many players had great hits, and this is great for everybody, as it took some pressure off Jon Gray, who, regardless, threw a solid game. If the Rockies can maintain this kind of work, 2019 can certainly turn around for them.
Denver is getting ready to welcome their Rockies back home as they strive to reach the .500 mark. It’s looking like the Rockies will have Chris Rusin and Jake McGee back from their injuries for a little pitching help, too. They’ve been healing well and will have some rehab games, and these relievers will hopefully be able to help continue the solid play the Rockies have been putting in.
In the last month or so, fans within SB Nation have been surveyed about how they feel regarding their teams and the future of the season. It’s not a completely accurate measure, but overall, Rockies fans are the most confident about how the team is doing. Just goes to show, the Rockies can start out terrible, but Rockies fans are still gonna root for the boys in purple.
On the Farm
Thursday was a rough day for the Isotopes, who had some decent offense but couldn’t get the pitching game down. Yonathan Daza (no. 14 PuRP) had a solid game, with three hits and two runs, with one RBI. Brendan Rodgers (no. 1 PuRP) and Sam Hilliard (no. 11 PuRP) each had two hits and one RBI.