Drew Stubbs is not supposed to be able to hit right-handed pitching. That is his biggest problem, and it is likely the thing that has kept him from reaching the sky-high potential he is believed to have as a five-tool player.
You would figure that an off-speed pitch from Arizona Diamondbacks closer Addison Reed delivered with Stubbs at the plate would be among the least likeliest moments to decide the game in Colorado’s favor. Bucking all of those odds, Stubbs put a truly brilliant swing on the pitch and hit it out of the yard.
To go with an off-speed pitch on the outside corner shows a tremendous approach. To use that approach and hit it over the fence shows tremendous raw power. We knew Stubbs had that kind of talent when things click, but darn it if he did not provide an authoritative reminder with this unexpected winning home run Tuesday night.
The Rockies are hot. If they are going to stay hot, it will take contributions up and down the roster. Hopefully the play of guys like Stubbs and Josh Rutledge continues to be strong. If it does, this team has some mighty depth to go along with a starting lineup that is absolutely raking.