The Rockies won 6-3 last night behind a bases-loaded double from Troy Tulowitzki. They are 15-8 and remain in first place in the National League west. Here’s what else is happening with the Rockies and around the rest of the league:
Carlos Gonzalez does this. He can’t help it. The Rockies left fielder can hit pitches in every quadrant of the strike zone. But that talent becomes a vulnerability when he slumps.
And make no mistake, CarGo is in a mini-funk.
He broke an 0-for-15 slide with a first-inning bloop single Friday night at Chase Field against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but he has only three hits in his past 25 at-bats.
‘I know what I am doing. I am getting myself out,’ Gonzalez said. ‘Even when I am getting into deep counts, I am swinging at bad pitches. I have to lay off those or they will keep throwing them.’
When I look at the stats since 2011 Dex ranks behind six to eight guys in wOBA and wRC+ and he falls way short in WAR due to some horrid fielding numbers – which I cannot stand by because I have watched enough games to know that Dex has not cost the Rockies nearly 17 runs on defense over the past two seasons.
When I just look at last year and so far in 2013 Dex only ranks behind Trout and McCutchen in wOBA, his on-base percentage over that time is third and he is eighth in slugging.
I think what gets a lot of folks caught up on Dex is that he is not a base stealer. I would put a lot of money on Dex winning a race from first to home against nearly anyone in baseball, but that top end speed just doesn’t translate to stealing bases. A lot of people still believe that to leadoff you need to steal bases and that just isn’t the case. Give me a guy with a .384 on-base since the start of 2012 over a guy with an on-base under .340 who can steal bases (Eric Young Jr.).
In his first career start with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, right-hander Justin Berg (W, 1-0) threw six scoreless innings to help the team shutout the Tucson Padres 3-0 at Kino Stadium.
In the fourth inning Blackmon led off with his second double of the game and advanced to third on a Nolan Arenado ground out. After two straight walks by Padres’ starter Tim Stauffer (L, 1-2), second baseman Charlie Culberson grounded into a force out to bring home Blackmon to make it 2-0.
Andrew McCutchen entered tonight’s game against the Cardinals hitting just .235, including .105 in his previous five games, but you don’t expect the Pirates’ star to be subbed out in a fifth-inning double-switch. But that’s exactly what acting manager Jeff Bannister did when he approached home plate umpire Tim Timmons with his lineup card.