The Battery is a new feature on RoxPile. What it will consist of basically is a few daily links to stories inside the Rockies, a box score from the previous game, and perhaps an opinion piece or two.
First off, for those of you who didn’t get to see the Rockies 2-1 win over the New York Mets last night, here’s the box score, courtesy of ESPN.
Dave Krieger of the Denver Post writes here that Ian Stewart has very limited time to prove himself to Rockies brass. Since coming back up from Triple-A Colorado Springs, Stewart has one hit in 18 at-bats, which came in the Rockies 6-4 win over Arizona last week. He also has one error in the field, which came last night against the Mets, allowing a run to cross the plate and nearly costing the Rockies the game. Stewart is batting just .068 this year with zero home runs and just one RBI. In 44 at-bats in 2011, Stewart has just three hits. Manager Jim Tracy knows this series is crucial for Stewart. He told reporters last week that Stewart had to “fish or cut bait.” If Stewart doesn’t get his act together soon, he could very quickly find himself back in the Minors, and for more than just a month this time.
Though his defense has never been better, Carlos Gonzalez is still struggling at the plate. The Post’s Troy Renck writes about his struggles. Here’s a piece done by the Post on Gonzalez’s struggles at the plate. He assures fans, though, that while he’s struggling to find his swing now, once he gets in a groove, he won’t lose it.
Chris Iannetta has been on fire since the season started. Since going through a mini-slump halfway through April, Iannetta has been tearing the cover off the ball of late, and has homered in the past three Rockies wins. Troy Renck writes about that here. Iannetta may be the key to a successful season in LoDo if he can keep this kind of production up.