The Colorado Rockies continue their march toward the regular season later today with a matchup in Glendale, Ariz., against the Los Angeles Dodgers. After two matchups against the Arizona Diamondbacks over the weekend, the Rockies will now see the Dodgers for consecutive days on Monday and Tuesday.
Sure there are plenty of recaps and highlights to go over with the Rockies and their 2-1 weekend against the Diamondbacks and Chicago White Sox. However, we’re going to let you read about the weekend that was here. In this article, we’re looking at three articles that will help give you an overall flavor of the Rockies as we count down to the regular season opener at Milwaukee.
Focus on Defense
You’d think with DJ LeMahieu and Nolan Arenado in the infield that defense would be a strength for the Rockies. It is, by the way. However, there are places where Colorado can improve and that’s what this article by Mark Knudson highlights.
Knudson looks at Colorado’s fielding percentage and uncovers a startling statistic…
"In 2016, Colorado finished tied for second-to-last in the National League in team fielding percentage at .982. The Rockies committed 110 errors as a team. Only Pittsburgh (111) and Milwaukee (136) were worse."
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There is room for improvement for sure.
The One That Got Away
Theo Epstein has done a masterful job of building the Chicago Cubs into world champions. However, that doesn’t mean he’s been perfect at his job.
In an interesting read, Epstein reflects back on the trade that sent LeMahieu and Tyler Colvin to the Rockies in exchange for Ian Stewart and Casey Weathers. There’s no doubt that Colorado won the trade there.
Check out some of Epstein’s thoughts by clicking here.
Diving into Dahl
Ready to get your stat geek on? Check out this article on David Dahl. While many of us who watch the Rockies on a regular basis think Dahl is destined for stardom and a shoo-in to win the left field starting spot, it’s always good to get a national perspective.
Here’s an in-depth look at Dahl’s rookie season and what might be expected of him this year. Spoiler alert: It’s not all peaches and cream. There are some interesting points made that might be a bit of a shock to Rockies followers. Click here and see what you think.