Going into the All-Star break, the Rockies still stood a chance to turn the 2019 season around. However, something has seemed off about the last several games they’ve played. All the main players are there, but they’re not getting the job done. Expectations were high going into the year, with the team coming off back-to-back playoff appearances. One thing that has seemed to hurt them, though, was the lack of changes made to the roster during the offseason.
They said goodbye to DJ LeMahieu and Adam Ottavino without much of a fight. They didn’t bring many players in, signing Daniel Murphy and relying on prospects to fill any holes. Pitching has been a sinking ship, with no one being very consistent throughout the year. Jon Gray has done well, which is fortunate after the shaky 2018 season, but that hasn’t been enough. It’s been unfortunate that this is where the team has lacked, as their offense has been much improved from last year. The Rockies are not completely excluded from playoff contention, statistically, but based on what they’ve shown recently, it’ll be a rough turnaround to get to another Rocktober. The Rockies have a strong base for the team, with Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon, Trevor Story, and David Dahl. They don’t have to panic about the future. However, they do need to make some adjustments before the 2020 season in order to have some hope.
While the Rockies haven’t been giving fans too much to be excited about on the field, they are still contributing to the community. In particular, Nolan Arenado reminded us to be glad he stuck around Denver as he granted a wish to a 17-year-old boy with cystic fibrosis. This young man has fought his way to being a star on his high school baseball team, and through Make-A-Wish, he was able to spend the day with Arenado pitching and hitting at Coors Field. This is a touching story and a great reminder of all the good people can do.
The Rockies got swept by the Giants earlier this week, now finding themselves tied for last place in the NL West. The Giants have exceeded expectations, looking better for a wild card spot than the Rockies. They’re playing like they want to win, not necessarily for any title, but for the sake of winning. It seems much more fun, and this might be something that the Rockies should aspire for with the rest of the year.
On the Farm
Despite a strong offensive outing, the Isotopes fell to the Fresno Grizzlies. Catcher Dom Nunez had a strong game, getting three runs on two hits, as well as driving in four runners. Josh Fuentes got two runs on two hits, and Roberto Ramos got three hits and one run. Pitcher Rico Garcia had a rough start, allowing six runs, all earned, on ten hits.
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