Remember when David Dahl still had to fight for playing time? Was that still this year yet? It sure feels that way, and while we can acknowledge the health issues that got in the way in the past, with each strong performance it becomes crazier to think how long Dahl had to share time.
In noting his current hot streak, Chris Haft writes that Dahl might be setting himself up for an All-Star Game appearance. Obviously his run this week has put things on another level, but Dahl has proven all year what a difference he can make, and he is a big part of why the lineup is so much better after being bad last season.
Rockies players tend to have some trouble getting national attention. If nothing else, it tends to be a slower or longer process to get recognized. In Dahl’s specific case, the additional challenge lies in the fact that he’s on the same team as Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon, both of whom are established stars and having outstanding seasons.
Luke Zahlmann takes a look at Dahl’s outstanding run and the relative lack of recognition he is getting. Those injuries halted some of his momentum in previous seasons, to be sure. Hopefully good health will mean that Dahl eventually plays at a consistent level to get some more recognition.
I bet you agree that the Rockies could use a starting pitcher to bolster their playoff chances. I bet you also agree that Tanner Roark is a good pitcher. And yet, that is hardly a hypothetical trade that makes me excited for the Rockies to make a deal. Anyway, the Rockies are among the teams that Eno Sarris looks at for potential moves.
Some of these guys might see fortunes change because of luck. Some of them might improve with more experience or better health. And some will simply need to play better in order for things to turn around.
In terms of the guys David Sharp mentions, the bullpen guys jumped out to me. Scott Oberg has been good and Wade Davis has not, but such as relief pitchers go, that could change in an instant. That said, Davis is going to need to get his command under control before we can talk about his luck or anything else turning around.
On the farm
Rico Garcia (PuRP no. 20) had a rough showing in his second Triple-A start, as he was rocked for eight earned runs in five innings of work. His climb through the system continues to be a great story, and hopefully this can be a learning experience for him. Also in that game, Harrison Musgrave worked a clean inning of relief work and Brian Mundell (PuRP no. 29) hit a home run.
Also worth noting: first round pick Michael Toglia had three hits and reached base four times in Short-A action.
Double-A: Bowie BaySox 4, Hartford Yard Goats 3
Short Season-A: Boise Hawks 11, Eugene Emeralds 5
DSL 1: DSL Rockies 14, DSL Mets1 11