The four-game series that the Rockies split with the Padres had many takeaways. The Rockies celebrated Flag Day and Father’s Day and went on some roller coaster rides during the games. One thing that deserves some attention is the success that Ian Desmond found. Between a grand slam and an inside the park home run, Desmond’s finally working his way into Rockies’ fans’ hearts. He delivered for the team in a big way, something that many have been waiting for. The next point is that Ryan McMahon can count on being the go-to guy at second base. Brendan Rodgers is headed back to Albuquerque, and McMahon has shown that he can get the job done both offensively and defensively. Finally, there was the record-breaking performance by Charlie Blackmon with all his offensive production. Hopefully the Rockies can maintain this kind of play as we get into the summer.
The Rockies keep popping up in the NL’s Player of the Week. Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story won the accolades earlier this month. This week was Charlie Blackmon’s turn, the sixth time he’s gotten this title. He raked it in, hitting .568 with six home runs and 15 RBIs. He had three games in a row with at least four hits. The series against the Padres was offensive gold, and Blackmon had 15 hits. This week was the cherry on top for a season that has been kind to Blackmon, who is on pace for some career highs.
Nolan Arenado is steadily increasing his lead in the third baseman all-star voting. He’s got 1.5 million votes, fifth most in all of the NL voting. Tony Wolters is sitting at seventh among the catchers, and both Ryan McMahon and Daniel Murphy reached tenth in their respective positions. Best of luck to the Rockies contenders and let’s all be sure to vote!
On the Farm
Brendan Rodgers hit well in his return to Albuquerque, getting two hits. Sam Hilliard also got two hits in the Isotopes loss to New Orleans. Drew Butera led the team with three hits. Kyle Freeland got the loss, allowing five hits and two runs in six innings pitched.