The 2019 Rockies, to be frank, are not a good team. They’ve proven to be incapable this far to get things turned around enough to have a good season. The question we can ask ourselves now is how many wins they’ll actually end up with. They are at a point where 70 wins is a good goal to set. This would only be the fourth time in the last decade where a team who won 90 or more games the year before couldn’t manage to get to 70 wins. It’s especially disappointing as expectations were so high for this year’s Rockies. Now, they’ve won just nine of their last 34 games, just about demolishing playoff chances. It’s a tough time to be a Rockies fan, but we can still hope for the future.
The Rockies are coming off back-to-back playoff appearances, and they’re having one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history. June and July were horrifying to watch, despite having plenty of talent on the team. One such talented player is third baseman Nolan Arenado, who doesn’t feel that the record represents the skill of the team. He admits they aren’t as good as the really good teams, but he thinks they have the talent. They’ve been shaky, both offensively and with pitching. David Dahl also had thoughts, saying that the record reflected how they’ve played this year, but not necessarily the potential they have. They haven’t been able to click as a whole unit this year, but that doesn’t mean they cannot get there in the future.
German Marquez has been something of a puzzle for the Rockies. He had a phenomenal second half of the 2018 season, but he’s been a bit less consistent this year. Overall, he’s been good, but when he’s bad, he’s really bad. Statcast and Luke Zahlmann at Mile High Sports break down pitch placement and efficiency, looking at his control and command. The Rockies are hoping for an elite pitcher, and while Marquez has the stuff, it’s going to take some time to develop to that point.
On the Farm
Pat Valaika and Drew Butera both got doubles in the Isotopes outing against the Express. Valaika and Noel Cuevas each hit a home run as well. There weren’t many hits in the game, but the Isotopes were able to capitalize on the few hits they did get.