The Rockies are starting a series against a division rival, after winning the series against the Cubs. They’re coming into the series off a 10-1 loss unfortunately, but they’ve been quite good so far against the Padres, who are sitting at 33-35. In order to get the win, the Rockies should focus on a few things. First, the offense needs to continue to chug along. A big part of their turnaround in the season has been the bats coming to life. They’ve got a collective .319 batting average over the last ten games, getting something out of just about every player. Nolan Arenado in particular has been hot, hitting .377 since April 30. Another key element has been that the pitching rotation has been looking a lot better. It was a source of many woes to start the season, with only two starters still going strong. Peter Lambert has been a fantastic addition, giving the Rockies some hope for the future. The bullpen has been the glue that has held things together, and they’ve continued to be consistent, if not improving. If the Rockies can keep these elements going strong, they’ve got big things ahead.
The Rockies are in the midst of an impressive home streak, going 14-3 at Coors Field. Finally with some home field advantage, the Rockies need to be able to hang on. If they want to have a shot at the playoffs, they need to hang on to dominance at home. They’re .606 at home, but just a bit under .500 on the road. If they can win most of the remaining 48 home games, they could have a shot. The goal then is to make sure to gain back some of that ground on the road. They’re looking good, but they need to be sure to continue to push.
Nolan Arenado was hit in the forearm by a pitch in Wednesday’s game. He left the game as his forearm started to tighten up. There’s no sign of lasting damage, but the Rockies want to play it safe with him. He’s hoping not to have to miss any games, and that any bruising or swelling can be held to a minimum.
The argument can be made for the fact that the Rockies bullpen has been the saving grace of the season. They’ve been able to help recover after starting rotation woes, finishing off games in trouble. They’re sitting at a 3.92 ERA, third best in the NL. Wade Davis and Scott Oberg have been the dynamic duo, with 2.16 and 1.84 ERAs, respectively. Chad Bettis, Jairo Diaz, and Carlos Estevez have also contributed to this consistently improving bullpen. Bryan Shaw and Jake McGee both had a rough time last season, but they’ve been able to improve and do well in 2019. Bud Black has commented on the fact that they’re throwing with confidence, which definitely helps in getting those outs.
On the Farm
The Isotopes had a rough go of it against Oklahoma City. They were only able to string together a few hits, from Yonathan Daza, Roberto Ramos, and Dom Nunez. Pitcher Ryan Castellani gave up eight runs, digging Albuquerque into a pretty deep hole.
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