The Colorado Rockies took two out of three games against their division rivals over the weekend on the road, an important statement against the Arizona Diamondbacks as the two teams continue to jockey for position in the National League West.
While Sunday’s loss snapped Colorado’s seven-game win streak and temporarily moved the Diamondbacks ahead of the Rockies in the division standings, there will still plenty of good things that happened in the desert for Colorado. At 53-46, the Rockies are in a solid position as the trade deadline draws ever closer.
Let’s take a look at three things that stood out from the opening series of the post-All-Star schedule.
Hampson is here
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With DJ LeMahieu going on the disabled list on Saturday, the Rockies chose to flash forward to the future and call up Garrett Hampson. The 23-year-old didn’t disappoint, logging an RBI double for his first Major League hit and contributing on both sides of the diamond while getting starts on Saturday and Sunday in LeMahieu’s place.
There were some initial questions about why Hampson would get the call-up over Ryan McMahon or Brendan Rodgers. However, he quickly proved his worth and showed that the Rockies are going to be in good hands while LeMahieu is out with his oblique injury. The question now becomes, “Are we seeing the future second baseman of the Rockies?” With LeMahieu’s contract expiring at the end of the season, is this a glimpse of what we’ll see in 2019?
Hampson went 1-for-6 in his two games at the plate and will get his first taste of Coors Field on Tuesday when the defending World Champion Houston Astros pay a visit to downtown Denver.