There’s a lot to be bummed about in watching the Rockies the last few weeks. They’ve lost 16 of their last 19, only scoring three runs across the series with the Nationals. Let’s look for the good, though, trying to stay positive about the poor Rockies. One upside was the performance of Yonder Alonso. The newbie got his first start at first base. He got off to a good start at the plate, going 2-3 in the game Wednesday afternoon. Another bright spot was the pitching performances. Jon Gray and Kyle Freeland both provided good starts to the games. This was especially encouraging in the case of Kyle Freeland, who had his best outing since his return from Triple-A. Hopefully, these promising performances can amp up the Rockies to start getting more wins.
Kyle Freeland has had a disappointing 2019. After a Cy Young-caliber 2018, he hit a wall in the new season, getting bumped down to Albuquerque for a while. After his return, he struggled a bit, but Wednesday showed something of a return to his usual style of play. It wasn’t easy for him, as the Nationals were fighting hard, but he overcame, gaining some confidence back. He did a good job of locating his pitches, which was his most significant issue at the start of the year. He was so sure of what he was doing that he ended up getting into it with the home plate umpire about the strike zone. This led to his ejection as his frustration bubbled over. This kind of emotion emphasizes the whole state of the Rockies, who have fallen apart lately. They’re trying to stay optimistic, though, claiming that they’ve got plenty of baseball left to play. Hopefully they can transform that frustration into something productive and turn things around.
The Rockies have fallen way below expectations for the 2019 season. There are many reasons for this, but largely it has to do with the lackluster pitching performance. One position player that also didn’t hold up was Garrett Hampson. The young infielder was hyped to come in and be able to make up for losing DJ LeMahieu, but he couldn’t quite get it together offensively, bouncing back and forth between the Rockies and the Isotopes. The rest of the disappointing individual performances came from pitchers, and the list includes German Marquez, Wade Davis, Seunghwan Oh, and Kyle Freeland. Each was expected to at least live up to, if not exceed 2018 performances, but that has not happened. This season has been a series of let downs, but hopefully the Rockies can find some kind of redemption.
With the trade deadline nearing, things start to get called into question. Trevor Story is one player whose future could relate to what happens trade-wise. We have to wonder what the Rockies would be willing to give up in order to hang onto the All-Star shortstop. Story wants to win, and he’d like to do it alongside Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado, both of whom the Rockies hope to have for the long haul. Story, however, is trying to focus on just getting through this season and starting to win.
On the Farm
The Isotopes struggled offensively against the Bees, having a hard time stringing together hits. Yonathan Daza remained consistent as per usual. Pat Valaika was successful, and Brian Mundell did well as the designated hitter.
Triple-A: Salt Lake Bees , Albuquerque Isotopes | MiLB.com
High-A: Lancaster JetHawks , Lake Elsinore Storm | MiLB.com
Asheville Tourists 4, Greensboro Grasshoppers 0 | MiLB.com Makeup of July 23 Game
Short-Season A: Eugene Emeralds , Boise Hawks | MiLB.com
Rookie: Rocky Mountain Vibes , Grand Junction Rockies | MiLB.com