The Rockies have fallen way below expectations for the 2019 season, and the writers at Mile High Sports are taking a look at how things have broken down for this team. They start out with who has been the most surprising this year. The first couple answers are pitchers, with Jon Gray exceeding expectations and Kyle Freeland falling below them. Tony Wolters has also been a pleasant surprise, as the Rockies have struggled to find someone reliable in the catcher’s position. Wolters has more than done his job, working hard and showing how much he can do. The next question is a tough one, with which player has been the most disappointing. Kyle Freeland made the list again, with his performance on the year falling far below his performance last year. Wade Davis has also been a let down, falling apart at Coors Field. They end with optimism and hope for the rest of the year, though. If we can continue to see young players emerging on the scene, giving some of the veterans rest and keeping up spirits, that’s about as good as it can get for the 2019 Rockies.
Raimel Tapia, who has been a face of young success for the Rockies this year, did not start Sunday due to a hand issue. There’s not many details as of now how severe the injury is, but the Rockies are hoping it’s not too bad. The team has had its fair share of injuries, with another one in Chad Bettis announced Sunday. Tapia was able to get so much playing time this year after David Dahl suffered an ankle injury. He’s succeeded in that playing time, hitting pretty well and also getting some good defensive plays. Hopefully he can recover quickly and well from this hand issue.
The Rockies haven’t looked quite like themselves lately, but at least we can count on Nolan being Nolan. Arenado reached his 100th RBI on the season, the fifth consecutive year he’s been able to do so. It’s things like this that keep us frustrated Rockies fans watching. Arenado spoke of the kind of season the team is having. He’s frustrated as well, but he still has a job to do. It’s hard to lose like they have been, but they’re working towards a future that hopefully involves winning.
On the Farm
The Isotopes struggled in Sunday’s game to get any kind of offense together. They only got six hits, with Noel Cuevas, Sam HIlliard, and Roberto Ramos getting runs. Pat Dean had a rough go of it pitching, giving up nine hits and three runs in his seven innings.
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