It may have been tough for Texas native Trevor Story to be home amidst a pandemic — not being able to see friends or family is certainly not “normal.” Despite the unusual visit to where he grew up, Story sure made himself the center of attention during yesterday’s game. Story is the first player of a visiting team to hit a home run in the regular season at Globe Life Field, the new home of the Texas Rangers. Joey Gallo beat him with the first home run of any kind in the new ballpark, but only by two innings.
Yesterday was Story’s 15th multi-homer game. He is now in 6th place on the Rockies’ all-time multi-homer game list. Story’s first home run was two-run knock that came while the Rockies were behind 2-0. After breaking the tie, the Rockies gained some momentum and won 5-2. Yesterday’s win also meant they won their first series of 2020.
Speaking of Story, he is being regarded in this article as a underrated player, which is true. He is often praised for his offense, but is often overlooked for his defense. He is very deserving of a Gold Glove, but has yet to be recognized for his glove so it’s nice to see something positive written about the Rockies in an article like this.
Kyle Freeland had a very promising start yesterday. He only gave up two runs over six innings. After posting a 6.73 ERA in 2019, the Rockies really needed Freeland to bounce back and provide quality starts this season, and I hope yesterday’s overall performance is indicative of his future. Do I want to see him give up two runs? No. But, he can’t be perfect and if he can provide solid pitching, I’ll very happy.
Scott Oberg started this season the injured list, much to my disappointment. I was really looking forward to seeing what he could do in the Rockies bullpen that looks very different than it did in 2019. The back tightness that is currently plaguing Oberg has not subsided enough for him to really be ready for Friday’s home opener. There is still an itty bitty, minuscule possibility, but it will likely be a bit longer before we see Oberg.
The Rockies have an off-day today, but Antonio Senzatela will be on the mound for Tuesday’s game against Oakland. Since there is an off-day, Bud Black has opted for Germán Márquez to pitch on Wednesday in lieu of a fifth starter.
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Here are a few of my favorite moment from Opening Weekend.
Daniel Bard’s return:
Garrett Hampson, the thief:
#StoryTime x 2:
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