The Rockies are in a bad way. Most games feel like a chore, a merciless grind, painful and heartburn inducing. I myself have often wanted to turn away, sad at what such a hopeful season has derailed into. Entering play Saturday, the Rockies had lost four of their last five games, and as of this writing, are well on their way to a fifth loss since sweeping the Marlins at the end of last week. Like Kyle Newman says, it’s pretty hopeless right now...
It’s not just that they’re losing games, it’s how they’re losing them. The Rockies have looked particularly... ready for the offseason against the Cardinals. It’s been a big mix of sloppy baseball, bad at-bats, and lazy pitching. Fans are beginning to look toward the 2020 season—and it’s pretty clear the Rockies are, too.
Noah Yingling takes a closer look at the ups and downs of Antonio Senzatela’s season in advance of Senza’s scheduled start against the Cardinals on Sunday. It has been a year of mostly disappointing performances for Antonio, who I was pretty positive would be a solid number five starter for the Rockies all year. A lot has gone wrong for this pitching staff in 2019, and chalk up Senza’s year as just another one of those letdowns.
Zach Kram has an interesting take on the “one _____ from each team” article formula, this time writing about a prospect or future star from each major league baseball club who was given up on too soon and went on to be a star for someone else. There are a lot of big names that will induce heartache for many teams’ fans, like Fernando Tatís Jr., Yordan Álvarez, and Anthony Rizzo, but the Rockies actually come off pretty good in this one.
As far as the “star” who got away, Kram picks Colin McHugh as the Rockies’ big mistake. I don’t mean to speak for everyone, but I think we can live with that one. The Rox actually landed a bunch of the other teams’ oopsie-daisies, such as DJ LeMahieu, Adam Ottavino, and German Márquez. I’ll chalk that up as a win.
On the farm
The Isotopes had a pretty good day at the plate and went off for 22 hits and 17 runs. Sam Hilliard went 3-for-5 with his 29th double and 35th home run, Roberto Ramos was 2-for-5 with his 27th home run and 3 RBI, and Josh Fuentes had three hits including two doubles. All three could get some playing time this September with the Rockies out of contention.
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