In another of a series of pitching issues, Jeff Hoffman has been optioned to Triple-A. Hoffman has played in 33.1 innings and garnered a 6.75 ERA. This season, he hasn’t been able to go very far in the game, only once playing more than five innings. Bud Black acknowledges that the move for Hoffman is partly due to inconsistency, but also due to various players being a little banged up. The Rockies called up infielder Garrett Hampson in his place. In some good news, Trevor Story has said that he’s doing well and healing quickly. It’s looking like a minimum stint on the IL is possible. He hasn’t been doing any swinging yet, but he’s optimistic for a quick return.
There are a few ways to look at the series against the Dodgers. I like to go with the optimistic approach, happy that the Rockies were able to take the division leaders into extra innings, putting up a solid fight. However, there are those camps who think this was a chance to gain back some ground in the NL West and are now stuck just hoping for a Wild Card spot again. It is their tenth consecutive loss to the Dodgers, which is quite terrible. This kind of goes beyond a streak and into being dominated by Los Angeles. With the Rockies unable to win against the Dodgers, as much as I’d like to remain optimistic, it’s hard to imagine a way for the Rockies to win the division. The Rockies will start a home series against the Dodgers this week, so we’ll see how they can do.
Baseball is currently in a phase where home runs are prominent and strikeouts dominate. It’s usually one way or the other, and it’s a bit of an adjustment for us viewers. There’s less action as it’s more and more a pitching battle. As this becomes the case, hitters have to hit harder, leading to powerful home runs when they do happen. Game attendance is also down, which is an interesting trend. It’s something of a different game, for sure, and it’s going to be fun to see where it’s going.
On the Farm
Center fielder Abraham Almonte did great work for the Isotopes, scoring two runs on two hits. He’s playing quite well in Triple-A this year, with a .910 OPS. Third baseman Wyatt Mathisen also played well, hitting a grand slam in the third.