The Rockies have hit a rough point in the season, and it’s becoming rapidly clear that they’ll have to do something about it at the trade deadline. There are some players who have been rumored to be options for trade, but here are some thoughts on who shouldn’t be traded. First is Scott Oberg, who’s sitting at a 1.35 ERA for the season. He’s a temptation, for sure, but the Rockies would probably be better off hanging on to him to help have a better season next year. Oberg’s been a consistent pitcher, which is something the Rockies sorely need. Next are Jon Gray and German Marquez. Both of these starters have had some rough patches, but with their youth and potential, they could be part of the Rockies organization for a while. They’re not expensive to hang on to, so it seems worth it to keep them. Another player whose name has been tossed around is Ian Desmond, who’s been a point of contention for Rockies fans for a while. His contract, though, makes it very unlikely they’ll trade him. Also, he’s been doing a bit better in the outfield than he did at first, so he’ll likely stick around. Time will tell what kind of moves the Rockies make at the trade deadline.
The Rockies have been somewhat less than impressive lately, and we’re asking ourselves why this is so. One possible reason is that early expectations were set way too high. Kyle Freeland and German Marquez were touted to be franchise best for the Rockies, but that ace potential has not come through. Freeland’s sophomore slump has been abysmal, and Marquez has shown glimpses but hasn’t been consistent. The Rockies back office also fell into complacency in the offseason, relying on past success to create future victories. They hoped for explosive debuts from young prospects, letting go of some more veteran players. The season isn’t over yet, but the Rockies are creating a difficult path for themselves if they want hopes for a postseason chance.
Nolan Arenado’s face is a somewhat reliable barometer for how the Rockies are doing, and the pained looks he’s been giving recently are reminiscent of Colorado’s woes. In the June 12 game against the Cubs, Arenado was hit by a pitch. He keeps getting hit by the ball while at bat, either from fouling it off himself or getting hit by pitches. He said that anytime he starts to feel better and healed, he gets hit again. He’s staying positive, though, as are the other Rockies players who’ve suffered injuries this year. Charlie Blackmon, David Dahl, and Trevor Story all have been hurt, but they’re trying to keep things going this season.
On the Farm
Rain influenced the minors as it did the Rockies, with the Yard Goats also getting rained out. The JetHawks played well against San Jose, getting plenty of offense. Center fielder Matt Hearn and left fielder Casey Golden each got three hits during the game. Pitcher Will Gaddis got the win, giving up just two runs on nine hits.
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