Colorado Rockies: 4 things they can do to improve in August

DENVER, CO - JULY 03: Charlie Blackmon #19 of the Colorado Rockies celebrates a fourth inning solo homerun with DJ LeMahieu #9 during a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Coors Field on July 3, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JULY 03: Charlie Blackmon #19 of the Colorado Rockies celebrates a fourth inning solo homerun with DJ LeMahieu #9 during a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Coors Field on July 3, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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Move DJ LeMahieu back into the leadoff role

Speaking of Charlie Blackmon in the leadoff role, he has been struggling there in recent games. So what could be done? How about let’s go back in time.

The season began with DJ LeMaheiu batting leadoff and Blackmon batting second. It’s time to shake things up and go back to this lineup again.

Something needs to snap Blackmon out of his recent funk and this could hopefully be it. Over his last 15 games, heading into Sunday’s series against the Dodgers, Blackmon was hitting just .203/.261/.297. That drops to .167/.242/.167 over his last seven games. No extra-base hits and a struggle to produce in the leadoff spot is one of the reasons why the Colorado offense is struggling at the moment.

A solo shot by Blackmon on Sunday was a good sign, but his 22nd homer of the season still was the only hit for him on a 1-for-3 day that included three other plate appearances where the ball never left the infield.

LeMahieu, meanwhile, is hitting just .200 in August. The former batting champion hasn’t been the same since returning from an oblique injury that landed him on the disabled list in late July.

The duo needs to find their bats to set the table for Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story and the heart of the Rockies order. When the top of the order is producing, the Rockies are hitting on all cylinders.

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