The Rockies Aren’t Going Away Anytime Soon
The Colorado Rockies currently stand at 32–18, and own the best record in the National League. They’ve won seven of their last 10 games, and haven’t lost a series since April 24–27 against the Nationals. Let that sink in for a moment. The Colorado Rockies haven’t lost a series in a month. First NL team to 30 wins, and they lead the NL West by a game over the Diamondbacks.
The scary part is; they’re just now starting to hit their stride.
The early part of the season the Rockies offense couldn’t get going. Now they can’t seem to slow down. They just finished a series in Philadelphia, where they took three of four, and outscored the Phillies 24–7.
Charlie Blackmon who had a series to remember last year at Citizens Bank Park last year replicated that performance again. He finished the series 7–19 with two home runs and nine RBI’s. Blackmon had rough couple weeks to start the season, and finished the month of April hitting .290. The month of May has been a different story though. Blackmon is hitting .388 with five home runs and 21 RBI’s, and currently holds an eight game hitting streak.
Blackmon leads baseball in RBI’s (45), hits (69), triples (7) and at bats (207). His teammate Mark Reynolds is right behind him in the RBI category with 42 of his own. Blackmon has even outshined Nolan Arenado who’s having his typical dominant season.
Carlos Gonzalez on the other hand is still struggling mightily slashing only .250/.316/.384. The man known for outrageous hitting binges has yet to have one. He only has four home runs all season, and only recently hit his first in the month of May. If he can get going in a lineup with Blackmon, Arenado, Reynolds and new addition Ian Desmond; good luck to the pitchers they face.
Speaking of pitchers; part of the reason for the Rockies fantastic record and division lead is because of their bullpen. Their bullpen is 21 of 24 in save opportunities, and Greg Holland leads baseball in saves with 19. It’s also why the team is 9–1 in one run games.
The Rockies haven’t trailed in the division all season, and they’ve never been below .500. Their starting pitching is just good enough, and their bullpen is elite. Mix in an elite offense that would give pitchers nightmares, and it’s a recipe for success even in Coors Field.
One thing to note is the Rockies prized prospect Brendan Rodgers is currently on a tear in the minors, and could be a key component to getting the Rockies a high quality starter at the deadline.