Colorado Rockies Tinder: Deep In The Heart Of Dixie
By Bobby DeMuro
Aug 23, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies center fielder C. Blackmon (19) catches a fly ball during the fourth inning against the New York Mets at Coors Field. The Mets won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
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Charlie Blackmon. The center fielder is 10-for-29 with two home runs in the last seven days. He’s also doubled, stolen two bases, and only struck out once. He hit third in the lineup on Tuesday, in part because of CarGo’s absence while he was overcoming knee soreness.
Yohan Flande. Flande, who will start on Wednesday night in Atlanta, threw seven innings in his last start, which was a career high. He allowed two runs, though had he prevented the one pitch which led to the Nationals’ Michael Taylor‘s long home run, he easily could have thrown up another zero in the seventh — and/or continued further in the game. He’ll get the Rockies’ rubber game start in Atlanta Wednesday night.
Carlos Gonzalez. The righty was out of the lineup on Tuesday night — a game which the Rockies won anyways — but he’s still slashing .300/.391/.650 over the past week. His hot streak goes well beyond the week, though; he’s done it long-term (and hit the most home runs in the big leagues since June 1), and done it mid-term (the most home runs in the big leagues since the All Star Break).
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Matt McBride. McBride was very cold when he came up to the Rockies a couple weeks ago, but in the last seven days, the Lehigh University product has knocked five hits and only struck out once. It’s only a matter of time until the power comes, and he’ll get the chance to do it, especially considering CarGo’s recent string of knee soreness and some slots of time open in the outfield come September.
Simon Castro and Jairo Diaz. The two new relievers joined the Rockies on Sunday and promptly have combined to toss four scoreless innings between them. Diaz may be a bigger prospect than Castro, and Jairo certainly has a better future than Simon (who is destined to become a free agent after the year), but both guys are deserving of a sustained big league shot, and this is the first part of that test.
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