The Rockies won Sunday 5-1 against Toronto, wrapping up a ten-game homestand with a 9-1 record. This has helped to improve their home record, and overall the Rockies are looking much better. The home runs keep coming, Daniel Murphy is fitting in with the team better, and David Dahl is continuing to show us the potential that he has. Antonio Senzatela symbolized improvement within the pitching rotation as well. He had some iffy moments, but he was able to work himself out of them. It took this long into the season, but things are finally starting to work out for the Rockies.
It’s starting to look more and more like #4 Rockies prospect Peter Lambert is nearing his major league debut. With Kyle Freeland being optioned to Albuquerque, Lambert could be the one to take his spot in the rotation. Jeff Hoffman and German Marquez are next up, but after that, nothing’s set in stone. Lambert started this season in Double-A, and depending on how he can perform, he might get a few starts or he could spend some time in Triple-A Albuquerque. There’s a number of factors in this decision, including how well Lambert can do and how long Kyle Freeland needs to get himself figured on in the minors. The trade deadline is also approaching, and that might be something the Rockies would consider.
The Rockies have been surprisingly well since Charlie Blackmon went on the IL, with a 9-1 record. Blackmon joked that the team was better off without him, but is genuinely grateful for the chance to have unpressured time to heal. He’d hoped to be back after these ten games but isn’t ready quite yet. It’s not quite sure when he’ll be back, and some time in the minor leagues isn’t entirely out of the question. His calf injury came at a bad time, as he was on a tear, but the team would rather have him entirely healed before putting him back out there.
On the Farm
The Isotopes had quite the offensive outing, with 16 runs on 15 hits. Sam Hilliard, Noel Cuevas, and Pat Valaika each put together nice numbers, accounting for nine of the team’s runs. Pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez got the win, despite his 6.05 ERA.