Colorado Rockies: Everything is starting to click for this team
We’ve waited for it all year. At times, it felt like it was never going to happen, but yet here we are. After all the blown leads, smashed bats, and demolished gum containers, the Colorado Rockies have now won 13 of their last 16 and sit a mere 2 games back in the NL West.
What makes this recent run especially exciting is that, for what seems like the first time all season, everything is clicking at the same time. The Rockies have had stretches of great pitching but couldn’t score. On the flip side, the bats have been hot, only to be let down by the pitching. But now they’re managing to do both at the same time … and the results are there to prove it.
Rockies starters have posted a 2.25 ERA over the last 15 games, all of which were against teams above .500 and nine of which were at Coors Field. Ace Kyle Freeland has led the way with a pristine 3.11 ERA, including going 7-2 with a 2.64 ERA over 13 starts since the start of May. But for all the attention Freeland is receiving in Denver, fellow lefty Tyler Anderson is not far behind. Anderson is 6-3 with a 3.72 ERA and is striking out close to a batter per inning pitched on the season. Over his last five starts, Anderson’s has a 1.85 ERA and 10.3 K/9.
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Sunday’s walk-off home run by All-Star shortstop Trevor Story was the exclamation point on a recent offensive surge for the Rox. June was a bad month for Colorado, but it was a month during which the Rockies started to get their offense figured out. Their month by month team batting averages have steadily climbed from .223 in April/March to .258 in May to .272 in June and finally an incredible .303 in July.
The Rockies are scoring just over six runs per game in July, led by Story (.417 AVG, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 1.263 OPS), Carlos Gonzalez (.341, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 1.078 OPS), Charlie Blackmon (.385, 5 HR, 10 RBI, 1.131 OPS), and Nolan Arenado (.347, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 1.020 OPS). Ian Desmond is hitting .340 in July and that has translated to a season-high four stolen bases halfway through the month. DJ LeMahieu has a monthly batting average over .300 for the first time this season.
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If the Rockies can replicate anything close to what they’ve been doing on both sides of the ball the last 16 games, they have a good chance of stealing the division crown. We knew they had the pieces all along. Now we’re finally watching them put it all together.