The Rockies have 40ish games remaining in the 2019 season. While we’re past the point of having to pay attention to the standings, there are still some reasons to continue tuning in to watch or listen to the Rockies.
Let’s count the ways.
- Jon Gray has been one of the most pleasant surprises of the 2019 season. Over the offseason the common wisdom was that German Márquez and Kyle Freeland would occupy the top of the rotation, with Gray settling in as a mid-rotation starter. While Gray hasn’t exactly emerged as a frontline starter, he’s looking like he’ll be a little more than just a mid-rotation guy. If nothing else, watch Gray’s starts to see how he finishes off his really nice season.
- You’ve already watched the final season of Orange is the New Black, you don’t need to watch the final season of Game of Thrones, and you know full well Lucifer is nothing more than a background show.
- Because he plays such an important position, it’s worth tuning in to see how Dom Nuñez does in his first trip to the majors. Scouting reports and minor league video can only give you so much information about a player, particularly on defense. Seeing how he receives pitches and handles pitchers will be fun to see in his remaining starts. Let’s hope he gets a lot of them!
- As much as you may wish it, leaf raking season only really picks up in October, so you can’t use that as an excuse to do something else. And if you live in an apartment, you get October free to watch the postseason as well.
- There’s always the potential for Nolan Arenado to do something special on defense. He may not have had quite as many gems in 2019 as he had in the past, but there’s always the possibility that he’ll do something you’ve never seen before, so watch for that.
- You know damn well you’re not going to fulfill your New Year’s Resolution and finally read the Brothers Karamazov so don’t pretend you will and join Drew and Huey for a Cal Ripken Jr. anecdote.
- The Rockies’ hope cycle still has life. Now’s an opportunity to see how guys like Peter Lambert, Ryan McMahon, and Raimel Tapia finish the season and decide how they might contribute in 2020. September will also give us an opportunity to see September callups. Sam Hilliard is on the 40-man roster and should get at least a few major league at bats once rosters expand. Then there are non-roster guys Rico Garcia and Ben Bowden, who the Rockies could make room for on the roster if they want a look at how they fare against major league competition.
- The 2019 major league baseball well will run dry sooner rather than later, and you’ll miss watching baseball soon enough, so do so while you can.
What are your reasons to keep watching?