Nolan Arenado is kind of a big deal with the Rockies, and it shows in how the team’s success parallels with his individual success. This has been very apparent this season, and it shows how much the team relies on him, as well as Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story. Arenado has said that he’s learned to trust himself and take things slowly and as they come. He’s currently in a fantastic stretch, but he’s not complacent. He knows the team has stuff to work on, and he’s hoping they can all work on these things as a team.
The Rockies had an impressive come-from-behind victory over a division rival in Sunday’s game. This was their first win after being down four runs in the eighth since 2014. Raimel Tapia’s hustle triple was a huge factor in this, and Nolan Arenado spoke about his aggressive takes and the hard work he puts in. Tapia and the other young Rockies have the go-ahead to go for it and take those risks in order to try and get a win. Luckily for the Rox, their offense has started to improve.
Their numbers for the whole season are still a bit less than ideal, but there’s been remarkable improvement in the past couple weeks. Bud Black’s encouraged, despite acknowledging that the pitching still needs some work. Ryan McMahon also continues to impress, getting the hit that drove Tapia in. This game could hopefully serve as an indicator that the Rockies have the potential to get good comeback wins. McMahon spoke to the resilience of the team, and this kind of performance gives us back some hope for Rockies success.
Thomas Harding at MLB.com answers some fan questions about the Rockies. First, a fan asked about the notable absence of the black jerseys. The starting pitcher is the one who makes the call about what jerseys the team will wear, and none of the current starters favor the feel of this particular jersey. It has less to do with any World Series superstition and more to do with comfort. Another big question is when/if Raimel Tapia could take over for Ian Desmond in the outfield. As of now, the split between the usage of the two has been pretty even. Tapia has an edge in offensive performance over Desmond, but overall Desi’s played better defense. It’s not really about one or the other, but how to best use both players. Finally, Harding addresses Seungwhan Oh and the troubles he’s had this season. While he’s certainly been a bit off, Bud Black still likes what he’s seeing out of Oh, especially in terms of controlling the at-bats.
On the Farm
It was a high-scoring game between the Isotopes and the Rainiers, a bit more on Tacoma’s side. However, Brendan Rodgers (no.1 PuRP) continued to succeed offensively, and both Pat Valaika and Sam Hilliard (no. 11 PuRP) put in some good work as well.