Pitching has always been rough for the Rockies, and this season has been a major reminder of this struggle. It undoubtedly has to do with the altitude, but it’s been an absolutely dreadful summer of pitching this year. After the Rockies said goodbye to Adam Ottavino, the team was hoping Bryan Shaw and Jake McGee would recover after a rough 2018. There was a lot of finger-crossing for this season, and things haven’t shaped up like expected. Scott Oberg has been one reliable pitcher, throwing with a 1.56 ERA on the year. The Rockies are not a team who have a top-tier budget, and they are counting on their young pitchers to develop and get the job done. There have been some difficulties, but the Rockies pitchers have shown they have the talent, if only they could maintain some consistency. This will likely come with time, so the Rockies just have to keep on working towards that goal.
The Rockies series against the Giants has been full of emotion, including David Dahl’s teary departure after his ankle sprain Friday. This affected some of his teammates, including Ryan McMahon, who’s still had a solid second half of the season. There was still a lot of emotion showing Saturday, with a smiling Nolan Arenado in front of a large crowd on Star Wars night. With July being the headache that it was, it was good to see the Rockies showing some feelings in August. It’s encouraging to see that the Rockies are still in it, and that they’ll keep on fighting.
Carlos Estevez has been placed on the medical leave list for undisclosed reasons. The Rockies recalled Jesus Tinoco from Triple-A in his place. Bud Black spoke with Estevez Saturday and says this didn’t affect his performance. Estevez is in our thoughts, and we hope for a quick return for good reasons.
On the Farm
The Rockies put up a good fight against Nashville, with many players getting two hits during the game. Of these players, Pat Valaika, Josh Fuentes, and Drew Weeks got a run as well. Sam Hilliard got two runs off his one hit. Rico Garcia took the loss, allowing five runs on eight hits in the game.
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