The All-Star game is a month away, and we’ve started thinking about what Rockies players will make it to the roster. Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story will most likely be on there, but Tony Wolters has really stepped up his game and might make a spot. One of the past complaints about Wolters is that he hasn’t been a huge offensive contributor. This year, though, he’s been hitting .307 all while maintaining his solid play behind the plate. There’s stiff competition in the NL catching category, with Willson Contreras, Yasmani Grandal, and J.T. Realmuto. Wolters’ batting average compares, but some of his other offensive statistics are missing. It would take a phenomenal month for Wolters to get his numbers up to that level, but just the fact that he’s worth the conversation is good news for the Rockies.
While the Rockies have had some real ups and downs this season. However, one thing that’s remained pretty consistent has been David Dahl’s hitting. Bud Black has noticed the confidence within Dahl’s playing, saying he’s in a really good place, aggressive while still poised. The big thing to credit for this success is the fact that Dahl has been able to stay healthy so far this season. He worked hard in the offseason to take care of his body and prepare it for the new year. He’s had this potential in him this whole time, but his ability to stay healthy has given him the opportunity to show it. In other Rockies news, Bud Black has admitted he’d like to see the pitching improve, in particular having starters go deeper into the game. Also, Ian Desmond finally got his first stolen base of the season, hopefully the start of many more.
German Marquez has steadily made his way to being the best Rockies starter this season. He has said in the past that he wants to be a Cy Young Award winner, and he’s shown he can get there. However, he needs to be able to rebound against the Cubs in the upcoming series. He gave up eight runs in their loss against the Cubs last Wednesday, and Bud Black is hoping for more out of his previously reliable starter. He’s hoping for some more command over the fastball, as well as a better changeup. If he can give this year what he did last year, forget about it.
On the Farm
Yonathan Daza and Roberto Ramos each raked in the RBIs, Daza with four and Ramos with three. Sam Hilliard got himself a stolen base. The pitchers gave up eight hits, seven of which are attributed to starter Pat Dean, but they kept Iowa to only four runs.