Colorado Rockies Tinder: Deep In The Heart Of Dixie
By Bobby DeMuro
Jul 31, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals shortstop J. Peralta (27) rounds third base after hitting a two-run home run off of Colorado Rockies relief pitcher C. Friedrich (53) at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
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Christian Friedrich. The last 30 games haven’t been kind to Friedrich. Twelve appearances, ten innings, ten runs on 17 hits and seven walks, and just three strikeouts to his name. He leads the Rockies in games in 2016, but he’s fading very quickly and could use the September call-up reinforcements, like fellow lefty Kenny Roberts.
Jose Reyes. This isn’t for on-field reasons (Reyes is actually playing pretty well), but more for the comments he made about not wanting to play for the Rockies, and instead hoping to be able to play for a winner. We get it, man. But you’ve been here for three weeks. Come off it for a minute or two before you start complaining, eh?
Chris Rusin. It’s not possible to have a worse start than Chris Rusin did against the Mets this week. He became the only pitcher in big league history to allow nine extra base hits while not recording more than six outs. A very, very bad start in an otherwise very solid season.
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David Hale. The former Atlanta Braves’ farmhand never made it back to the ATL to visit his old team; he was sent back down to AAA Albuquerque on Monday to make rom for Chad Bettis, who threw five innings of one-run ball last night. Hale will likely be back up when rosters expand, but after a strong start to the year, he’s faded quickly.
DJ LeMahieu. LeMahieu had a big day on Tuesday night, but before that, he had gone just 3-for-20 over his previous six games, slumping badly and leaving the Rockies without a reliable contact threat to take the ball the other way in Coors Field’s expansive outfield gaps. LeMahieu’s been streaky this year, but he’s still hitting well overall (.314/.369/.403) in his breakout campaign.
The pitching staff. Why front? Why even put separate pitchers up here. Besides Flande, Diaz & Castro, Jorge De La Rosa (mostly) and Scott Oberg, almost everybody else who’s thrown for the Rockies lately has been cold — but the bullpen hasn’t allowed a run in THREE games now!