Colorado Rockies Hot Or Not: Week 1

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Sep 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Christian Friedrich (53) pitches against the New York Mets during the eighth inning of a game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

We’ll probably hopefully maybe do a weekly “Hot Or Not” segment on who’s up and who’s down for the Colorado Rockies. Think of it as Rockies Tinder. Swipe right!

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The first seven days of the year brought the Colorado Rockies more hot than not.

Our Rockies Tinder machine has been working overtime swiping right, and here’s what we know about the Rox after a 5-2 start to the season:

SWIPE RIGHT ON…

The team. When you start 5-2, including a 4-0 mark on the road, you are sizzlin’. Sure, they had an ugly loss to lose their home series against the Cubs on Sunday afternoon, and we would’ve loved to have gotten that one back, but if you’re complaining about a 70-75 projected win team starting the year 5-2, go soak your head. (I know, that’s what people from the 1950s say.)

DJ LeMahieu. LeMahieu leads the Rox at .517/.517/.586, and even though he hasn’t walked yet, he’s struck out just three times and knocked 15 hits in 29 ABs to grab an early seven-game hitting streak. He’s also driven in five runs from the 8th/9th hole, so his place in the order seems to be working.

Corey Dickerson. Seven games, ten hits, three doubles, two home runs, nine RBIs, and two walks. Check.

Nolan Arenado. His small-sample-size slash line and power (four doubles, two homers) both look great, but I’m most interested in the fact that he has yet to strike out – while walking three times – in the first 30 plate appearances of the season. He’s seeing the ball well and making contact, in addition to his usual lockdown defense.

Troy Tulowitzki. Six doubles in seven games? I mean, I guess that’s OK. He has struck out seven times in 27 ABs, though, so maybe keep an eye on his strikeout rate this summer, but it’s early.

The bullpen. Shout out to Brooks Brown, Christian Friedrich, Rafael Betancourt, John Axford, Boone Logan, Christian Bergman (the reliever, at least), and Adam Ottavino for combining on 22.1 innings allowing only one unearned run (as of Tuesday afternoon before game two in San Francisco).

Plus, in those 22.1 innings, the ‘pen has struck out 25, while allowing just two walks, one hit batter, and six hits. It literally can’t get better than that.

Jordan Lyles. He’s been the (very early) ace(ish) of the staff almost two full turns through the rotation, allowing just 10 hits and four walks in 12 innings. That’s good enough for a .238 BAA and a 1.17 WHIP.

SWIPE LEFT ON…

The bench. With the exception of Wilin Rosario (who I could’ve swiped right on, he’s got a homer and a double in six at-bats!), the rest of the bench has done, well, nothing. Drew Stubbs, Rafael Ynoa, Michael McKenry and Daniel Descalso are a combined 2-for-19 with nine strikeouts.

Pinch hitting and playing the utility game are both tough, but the club is going to need others to step up besides Rosario, and Stubbs is going to need to get it together as a center field platoon option.

LaTroy Hawkins. Because, duh. It’s a long season, though. He’ll be just fine and self-correct to decent relief soon enough.

Eddie Butler. I know, I know, he’s thrown the ball pretty well twice through the rotation now, including his, um, interesting shutout in San Francisco on Monday. But across his first eleven innings, he’s wild (ten walks), he hasn’t missed bats (just six strikeouts), and he’s not going deep into ball games.

No reason to remove him from the rotation or anything drastic and dumb, but he’s got to throw more strikes and work 6+ innings, especially considering his power sinker should let him live on ground balls.

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