Jun 8, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies center fielder C. Blackmon (19) during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Woo hoo! The Colorado Rockies are nearly to the All Star Break, where they will get four days off to recover from whatever the hell they’ve been doing all season!
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Look, obviously I deserve the biggest Saturday shout-out around for making it through half a season of Colorado Rockies baseball. (OK, kidding.)
The Rockies are slowly but surely creepin’ to the All Star break though, and then the trade deadline is going to come up (that better be a whirlwind — sell, Jeff Bridich, SELL!), and then before you know it, it’ll be October and we’ll be watching the Dodgers and maybe Giants in the playoffs and missing Coors Field again. Whew! What a cycle!
Existential and temporal despondency aside, let’s give our Saturday shout-outs this week to…
- Carlos Gonzalez, who is getting hot at the right time with 10 hits and two home runs in his last five games. He’s getting hot at the right time for a team way out of contention that ought to have a big trade deadline. Expect the Rockies to try to unload him in a trade for pitching depth, as MLB.com speculates.
- Charlie Blackmon, who stole two bases on Friday night, and is very quietly sitting (running?) in fourth place in all of Major League Baseball in stolen bases.
- Gonzalez Germen and Aaron Laffey — neither had ever put on a Colorado Rockies’ uniform before Friday night, and both came up big to give the Rockies a shot at a win in a game the club usually would’ve just given away to Shelby Miller, one of the best pitchers in the National League.
- Nick Hundley, who is quietly hitting .319/.372/.486 since June 11. The catcher also has seven doubles, a home run, nine RBIs, and five walks in that time period.
- LaTroy Hawkins, who has allowed one run in his last 13 appearances, covering 12.1 innings. He’s notched a save and allowed just nine hits and one walk — with eleven strikeouts — in that time, as well.
- The Asheville Tourists, who are 11-4 in the second half of their season thus far and leading the southern division of the South Atlantic League. Call ’em up!
- The San Diego Padres, who appear prepared to trade away everybody after trading for everybody like, 12 hours ago. Hey man, if you’re gonna go in, go all in.
- And finally, The Home Run Derby. It’s new, it’s happening, it’s a thing with a different format. I can’t wait.