Apr 23, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) fields a ground ball in front of third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) during the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field. The Rockies won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Open back up your Colorado Rockies Tinder app, and start swiping right and left! The Tinder machine is back, and let’s see who’s hot, and who’s not, after the third week of the big league season.
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The third week of the year saw the Colorado Rockies open with a five-game losing streak. After being swept in Los Angeles by the Dodgers, the Rockies dropped the first two games in Denver against the San Diego Padres, falling down to 7-7 overall from a hot 7-2 start.
But fear not, the season didn’t end there! The club picked it back up, snapped the five-game losing streak, and got back on track heading into the weekend series with the San Francisco Giants, and now sits at 10-8 — just one game back from the division lead.
Now, as the Rockies are in Phoenix preparing to play the Arizona Diamondbacks, let’s open up our Tinder apps and swipe on the ups, and the downs, of the last week in Denver.
Swipe Right On…
DJ LeMahieu. You pretty much have to keep swiping right on a guy who hit .333/.391/.476 for a week and for him, that’s “cooling off.” DJ’s still been a revelation, he struck out just twice in 21 at-bats last week, and he drove in four while hitting three doubles and scoring two runs, all from the bottom of the order.
Nick Hundley. Who has the best batting average on the team over the last seven days (among guys who have more than a handful of at-bats)? Nick Hundley! (And he’s tied with Justin Morneau.) Hundley’s gone 8-for-19 (.421) with four runs, a double, a triple and a home run against just two strikeouts over the last week. That won’t last all year from the catcher’s spot but that’s great production (and, his battery mate Michael McKenry went 3-for-5 last week, too).
Jordan Lyles. The man had a beautiful start against the Padres last week. He’ll see the anemic Diamondbacks offense on Wednesday and try to continue his great work this year.
Justin Morneau. Just like Hundley, Morneau’s also gone 8-for-19 over the last week, though seven of those hits have been singles and he’s only been able to drive in one run. Nevertheless, Morneau had a slow start to the year, and it’s great to see him get back on track, too.
Adam Ottavino. A win, a save, four more scoreless innings where he allows just three base runners.
Corey Dickerson. What plantar fasciitis? Three solo home runs, a .375 average and a .474 OBP in the last seven days – and just one strikeout – for the slugger.
Rafael Ynoa. He drove in the game-winning run with a pinch-hit double Friday night against the Giants, and he’s gone 4-for-11 with two doubles, two runs, and two RBIs in the last seven days. Heat up, Raffy!
Swipe Left On…
Troy Tulowitzki. Hey man, I get it. Hitting .250 sure isn’t anything to write home about, but it’s also not a terrible thing. I mean, he could be getting himself into a CarGo slump, and he’s not, so that’s good, right? Of course. But besides CarGo, Tulo has the lowest average of any player with more than ten at-bats over the past seven days. And I asked this question on Twitter the other day.
Carlos Gonzalez. He grabbed a couple hits Friday and Saturday, so he’s coming around. But he’s not quite there *yet*.
Drew Stubbs. 10 at-bats, no hits, five strikeouts (only five strikeouts this week!), one RBI, one walk. He reached by error once. Is this as good as it gets? When will Drew Stubbs get a hit? Put differently, what happens first: Drew Stubbs gets a hit, or Adam Ottavino allows a run?
LaTroy Hawkins. That DL trip couldn’t come at a better time.
Scott Oberg. Two runs allowed in 0.2 IP this week and now nine hits (including four home runs!) allowed in just 3.1 innings this season. I know the Rockies seem to really like him, but would some AAA seasoning be such a bad thing for the guy who, entering this season, hadn’t thrown a pitch above AA and was coming off shoulder surgery?
The Rockies and Diamondbacks go head to head in Phoenix beginning tonight. Can’t wait to cover the games and tweet with you guys, so if you aren’t following us @RoxPileFS, remedy that immediately.