The Rockies have a bit of a reputation of refraining from making moves during the offseason. The question inevitably arises whether or not this has anything to do with their lack of success in the new season. One thing is the fact that they tend towards a wait-and-see attitude towards many players. They’ve relied on Ian Desmond to live up to his contract. He’s had many chances, and it’s taken him a while, but he’s starting to work out better in the outfield. Raimel Tapia has been another player hanging around, but he too has started to show his worth, giving the Rockies a solid offensive boost. They took a chance on Chris Iannetta, not making any moves at catcher in the offense. Iannetta hasn’t been great, though, with Tony Wolters outperforming him. The rotation has caused the team some heartache as well. Aside from Kyle Freeland and German Marquez, the starting pitchers have been a bit unreliable. Jon Gray has pulled it together well, but Chad Bettis and Tyler Anderson have not been able to get the job done. The Rockies are certainly looking better than they did to start the season, but they still have some issues that might have arisen from a quiet offseason.
Tyler Anderson lost yet another battle in Friday’s game against the Diamondbacks, and the Rockies have decided to option him to Triple-A. This was obviously not a reaction to this one performance, but a reflection of the trend of Anderson’s pitching. Another move was putting Harrison Musgrave on the 10-day IL with an elbow strain. Musgrave has done well in his bullpen appearances, and the move to the IL will hopefully allow his injury to heal well. Yency Almonte and DJ Johnson both were called up to fill those spots.
The Rockies’ Friday loss to the Diamondbacks was a tough one. It was a solid comeback, and the team had runners in scoring position with just one out. They were unable to score, though, and lost by just one run. Both Tyler Anderson and Seunghwan Oh are not on top of their game, and the ten runs scored by the D’Backs shows this. The offense did a fair share scoring nine runs, but Ian Desmond, with his infinite chances, struck out yet again. Catcher Chris Iannetta returned from the IL, and he struck out as well, making many wonder yet again why there were no moves made in the offseason for that position. It’s still touch and go with the Rockies, so hopefully they’ll find that stride soon.
On the Farm
Brendan Rodgers (no. 1 PuRP) lit up the Fisher Cats, getting four hits and scoring two runs. He also drove in one run. Roberto Ramos (no. 26 PuRP) also helped contribute to the offense, with three hits, including a triple and two RBIs. Jeff Hoffman threw quite well, only allowing two hits across 5.2 innings.