The Colorado Rockies are going to need the offense to consistently put up runs in if they’re going to take the National League West and/or make the playoffs.
Of late, Trevor Story has been red hot (in case you’ve been under a rock … LOL). Heading into Friday night’s series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field, he was batting .500 with five home runs and 10 RBI in September. Charlie Blackmon is coming around with a .409 average in that same span, and Matt Holliday has been a timely boost, batting .444. Those three are hitting .456 for the Colorado Rockies. That’s the good news.
The bad news
The rest of the lineup isn’t batting well over this last week. Nolan Arenado is hitting .222, DJ LeMahieu is at .238, Carlos Gonzalez is batting .188, Ian Desmond is at .263, and Chris Iannetta is at .333 … but not playing every night. That said, the other five in Colorado’s lineup are batting .249. Not terrible, but that would only be good enough for sixth in the National League and is boosted largely by Iannetta’s average, which is over only six at-bats.
Where the Rockies sit
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Right now, the Rockies are batting an NL-best .281 mainly due to those top three names. They’re tied for second in the NL with 31 runs but Story alone has batted in 10 of those. Point being, the Rockies have talent all over the roster and they need a little more then a player or two having a big night to win the division. If Story goes even 2-for-4 on his giant night he had on Wednesday, the Rockies may lose the game.
While I hope Story hits a home run per game on average in September, odds say he won’t … so the rest of the lineup has to find a way to win some very important games right now.
I think Arenado is one comfortable at-bat from snapping out of his slump. I think the rest of the lineup is as good as any in baseball and will play to their potential. If they do, then bring on Rocktober. However, if they don’t, I just wrote a post on why we missed the playoffs. So let my gut be right and these stats be wrong … and let’s go Rockies!