Colorado Rockies podcast: Offense heating up; Carlos Estevez joins

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 6: Relief pitcher Carlos Estevez #54 of the Colorado Rockies delivers to home plate during the fourth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field on September 6, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 6: Relief pitcher Carlos Estevez #54 of the Colorado Rockies delivers to home plate during the fourth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field on September 6, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /
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The Rockie Road podcast continues with another installment after their 11-4 win over the San Francisco Giants.

The offense for the Colorado Rockies finally broke out last night against the San Francisco Giants and after the game, our own Jake Shapiro talked about the win on the next episode of the Rockie Road podcast.

First off, he discusses how Ian Desmond may, just may, be breaking out of his slump, as he went 2-for-5 last night and he is hitting .286 with 5 extra base hits since May 18. However, as Jake notes, not many of these are not hard hits but they are still hits nonetheless. Also, especially when you are playing at Coors Field for half of your games.

Jake also has some comments from Rockies manager Bud Black from the press briefing after the game on Desmond. He mainly talks about his approach at the plate and what he wants it to be and what way be most successful.

Jake also talks about how Carlos Gonzalez, Chris Iannetta, and David Dahl have started to heat up lately. He also discusses Kyle Freeland and his start, in which he went 5 1/3 innings allowing three runs. In fact, in his past seven starts (including last night), Freeland went 6 1/3 innings or more each of the previous six starts but he has allowed three runs or less in all seven, for an ERA of 2.37.

Jake also touches on Scott Oberg and what he worked on in Triple-A Albuquerque since he was just called up with Adam Ottavino heading to the DL.

Later, Jake exclusively spoke with Rockies reliever Carlos Estevez, who is currently on the disabled list. He talked with him prior to Wednesday’s game. He talks with him about what being on the disabled list entails as it entails more than you think.

He also talks about throwing triple digits on his fastball and what about the experience when it he first threw 100+ MPH in the minor leagues.

Jake also asked Estevez whether or not he would like to throw 100+ MPH all the time or hit 500 foot home runs all the time and Estevez answers the question without any hesitation.

He also talks about the mentality of closing out a game and what is needed to close out games. He also talks about what he tries to learn from Greg Holland and Wade Davis the past two seasons about closing games. He also talks about Mariano Rivera and how he influenced Estevez.

He also talked about some of his favorite teammates, past and present, whether it be in the majors or minors and some “really smart” guys in the Rockies clubhouse.

They also talk about what is like to play for Bud Black and how Rockies pitching coordinator Darryl Scott has influenced him. In addition, they talk about playing baseball in Extended Spring Training and Rookie ball in comparison to minor leagues and major leagues.

You can listen to the podcast below.

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