From all the talk about how much the Colorado Rockies’ offense is struggling, it’s easy to forget that they’re sitting in first-place in the National League West.
That being said, if they want to stay atop the division they have to figure some things out. Currently, the Rockies team batting average (.230) is 12th in the NL. Their .694 OPS is 11th. They are 10th in runs scored.
The pitching has carried the Rockies thus far and the offense has come through with some clutch hits, but the overall production has been disappointing at best and maddening at worst.
All Star second baseman DJ LeMahieu will help when he comes back from the DL, but the bottom of the order still needs to get going.
To find a solution to their offensive woes, the Rockies need look no further for inspiration than the Atlanta Braves. The Braves lead the NL in runs scored and lead the NL East by a game and a half over the Philadelphia Phillies. And they’ve gotten there by trusting their young talent.
The Rockies should follow their example.
Of course, the young guys have to produce. The Braves’ season would look different if players like Ozzie Albies weren’t hitting like they have been. But what’s important is that the Braves gave them a chance and so far they have not disappointed.
If the Rockies want to solve their offensive dilemma, they need to take a page from the Atlanta Braves and give some of their younger players a chance.