Colorado Rockies: 3 simple ways to improve the offense

DENVER, CO - APRIL 11: Ian Desmond #20 of the Colorado Rockies hits a RBI sacrifice fly the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field on April 11, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - APRIL 11: Ian Desmond #20 of the Colorado Rockies hits a RBI sacrifice fly the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field on April 11, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 16: Chris Iannetta #22 of the Colorado Rockies scores in the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on April 16, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – APRIL 16: Chris Iannetta #22 of the Colorado Rockies scores in the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on April 16, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /

Limit Chris Iannetta’s at-bats

Slowly but surely, Tony Wolters is getting more playing time. And he’s showing why he deserves that playing time with not only decent at-bats (not great, mind you, but decent) and good framing skills and throwing out would-be base stealers.

Iannetta is hitting just .135 in his last 15 games and .115 in his last seven. Those numbers simply won’t work. Let Wolters and Tom Murphy split time behind the plate while putting Iannetta on a 10-day disabled list stint with a phantom injury. Let Murphy show that the way he is hitting right now in Triple-A (two homers in his last two games as his average rides at .310) can be replicated in the Majors while Iannetta gets some time to get things back together in the cage.

While his veteran leadership may not show up in the statistics, it’s clear that Iannetta isn’t carrying his weight in the batter’s box right now. Something has to change and that could well be giving Murphy a chance. Wolters is clicking with Jon Gray right now. Maybe Murphy can with another starter and help them as well?

Next: How about this for the ideal Rockies lineup?

Colorado has three weak spots in the lineup right now and there are three opportunities to make those spots better if Rockies brass will give the green light to letting the young players show they are truly ready to take over this team.

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