Colorado Rockies Saturday Shout-Outs: Deadline Daze
Apr 14, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; Colorado Rockies catcher N. Hundley (4) questions a call that allowed San Francisco Giants center fielder A. Pagan (not pictured) to tag up and advance to third base in the eighth inning of their MLB baseball game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports. Rockies won 4-1.
The Colorado Rockies are facing the trade deadline in what might be a busy week for them — or, hell, it could be just another quiet week in the NL West’s basement.
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The Colorado Rockies are now facing down the trading deadline with something of an identity crisis on their hands: are they a team that’s going to keep their star players — who are getting ever so slightly older — and try to lie to themselves about making a run at the postseason in 2016 if only they can get a key free agent pitcher or two?
Or are they a club that’s going to trade the entire group elsewhere and get younger, and worse, much faster — but hopefully for a better long-term result. OK, trade talk aside, let’s give some Saturday Shout-Outs this week (and maaaaaaaybe a few of them will be trade-related <insert evil grin here>)…..
- The Colorado Rockies. We haven’t shouted out the lineup much as a whole, but slashing .272/.323/.434 as a team is good enough for first, fourth, and first in the National League, respectively.
- The Colorado Rockies. I know, again, again. But specifically, the middle infield defense has gotten the club 84 double plays this year, which is good for fourth in the big leagues (third in the National League).
- Charlie Blackmon. In his last 23 games, he’s hitting .329/.389/.518 with three doubles, two triples, three home runs. Plus, he’s walked eight times, stole five bases, driven in 11 runs, gotten 28 total hits, and scored 13 runs. THINK OF THE TRADE VALUE.
- Troy Tulowitzki. In his last five games, he’s gotten on base eight times and hit two home runs. I’m not sayin’, but I’m sayin’, New York Mets… [Editor’s note: Ok, I’m actually NOT sayin’, I’m just being goofy because the trade deadline is almost here and everybody is a little punchy.]
- LaTroy Hawkins. We mentioned this for him last week on Shout-Outs, but his last nine outings have covered nine innings with two hits, no runs, no walks, and seven strikeouts. Still quite a departure from the start of the season, eh?
- Nobody is talking about him as a promotion candidate, but Roger Bernadina is going to end up putting together a pretty decent season in AAA Albuquerque. He’s slashing .260/.371/.463 with eight doubles, ten home runs, four triples, 41 RBIs and 37 BB in 77 games with the Isotopes.
- Speaking of Albuquerque, Scott Oberg has thrown well since going down there: six innings across five games, allowing just one run and striking out seven hitters with just two walks allowed.
- Special shout-out to Tom Murphy who was just promoted to the Isotopes from AA New Britain. He played for the United States in the Pan-American Games this month, too.
- Finally, speaking of some more AAA domination, what the hell does Matt McBride have to do to get a call-up? In 66 games, he’s hitting .350/.394/.588 with 11 home runs and 27 doubles. I know, he’s an outfielder/first baseman/catcher and the Rockies have a lot of those, but… damn.
The Rockies get back at it behind Chris Rusin against the Cincinnati Reds. Join us?