However, the Rockies had at least one option to address that with Ryan McMahon. The Rockies organization has, without a doubt, bungled Ryan McMahon’s visit to the big leagues this season. He is in the midst of being jostled between AAA and the MLB level…which has resulted in a bit of a slump for him.
While I see the reasoning in giving an infielder (Desmond) who is making an average of $14 million a season the playing time, there has to be a point where Bud Black has to explore the best options for winning ball games. If that means giving Ryan McMahon enough at-bats to see where he is against big league pitching, that is the chance he has to be willing to take in what will surely be a tight National League West race.
Individually, the Rockies’ line up is all over the place. (Remember that 31 different line up combos this season referenced above?) Of all the batters that have been given a shot for one reason or another, only 5 players have accumulated at least 100 plate appearances. Those players are Trevor Story, DJ LeMahieu, Charlie Blackmon, Ian Desmond and Nolan Arenado.
Perennial most valuable player candidate, Nolan Arenado has really only been the consistent bright spot of those five players with at least 100 plate appearances. While Arenado is on pace to strikeout 140 plus times this season, he still batted an average of .310, had an OBP of .413, and an OPS of .942 through the first month of the 2018 season. We know what kind of production is going to come from Arenado…and we’ve already got it this first month.