Colorado Rockies: 5 Random Thoughts on a Monday Night
As the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks battle in the desert, it’s time to tackle a few random thoughts on a Monday night.
The Rockies are well positioned to play the role of spoiler as the season winds down. Beginning on Monday when the St. Louis Cardinals come to town for a three-game series, the Rockies will play 10 consecutive games against teams battling for the postseason. After the Cardinals, Colorado will travel to Los Angeles for four games before heading to San Francisco for three games.
The Cardinals, Dodgers and Giants are three teams who are battling each other for not only postseason positioning but also simply the chance to make the postseason. With Colorado’s penchant for playing well against teams who fare well in the standings, none of those three teams may be thrilled to see the Rockies coming up.
Descalso continues to be an unsung hero
Daniel Descalso just blasted a homer in Arizona that probably would’ve gone 800 feet if it had been at Coors Field. Well, at least that’s what ESPN was thinking I’m sure.
Monday’s blast was Descalso’s career-high sixth homer, furthering the impact that the 29-year-old utility player has made this season. Think about some of the big hits that Descalso has had this season and the timing of some of them. This season, he’s hitting .392 with runners in scoring position.
Of course, it’s not just at the plate where Descalso has proven his value this season. He’s filled some gaps when needed in left field or first base, and has been Colorado’s most reliable shortstop outside of someone named Trevor Story this season.
Arizona and the Rockies equals offense
When Arizona and Colorado get together, it equals offense. Outside of Colorado’s 4-3 win in Arizona on April 6, the winning team in each game between the two has scored five or more runs in the other 16 contests, including Monday night.
Charlie likes the snakes
Coming into Monday night, Charlie Blackmon had a career .346 (89-for-257) batting average in 65 games against Arizona. That ranked him fifth among active players. On Monday, Chuck Nazty continued his torrid ways against the Diamondbacks, getting hits in three of his first four at-bats.
Is Walt still a candidate in Arizona?
We reported on the rumor that Colorado manager Walt Weiss could be in contention for the Arizona job once the season ends. Our friends at Venom Strikes asked Weiss about that on Monday. He had a pretty short answer as you can see here.
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Still, with no news about a contract extension, rumors about the future of Weiss in LoDo will continue to swirl as the season winds down.