The Colorado Rockies finally have reinforcements on the way as a huge series against the Los Angeles Dodgers starts tonight. Center fielder Dexter Fowler and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki are both in the starting lineup tonight as the Rockies start their final series before the All-Star break.
The move with Fowler was made official first, as Corey Dickerson was demoted to make room for him. You might think that Tyler Colvin ought to have been demoted, and you would be right. Back to that in a minute. But as many have pointed out, it makes sense for Dickerson to start in Triple-A and get regular at-bats. With the strong play of Charlie Blackmon of late and especially last night in the team’s 5-4 victory over the San Diego Padres, the Rockies hopefully have a steady option for their 4th outfielder for the next little while.
Having said that…
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Colvin has also been optioned to Triple-A in the move that makes room for Tulowitzki. The Rockies will therefore proceed with a glut of infielders as Josh Rutledge remains on the roster. Objectively it would seem that this move makes sense. Colvin has been struggling in the worst way as of late, and having Rutledge available provides an extra infielder in the disastrous, worst-case scenario where Tulo re-injures himself.
If the Rockies could somehow, someway find a way to win three out of four games in Los Angeles they would enter the break at .500. Hey, no harm in hoping, right?