Colorado Rockies: They need a hero … and they need one right now

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 27: Ian Desmond #20, David Dahl #26, and Chris Iannetta #22 congratulate DJ LeMahieu #9 of the Colorado Rockies after his grand slam homerun during the eighth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on August 27, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 27: Ian Desmond #20, David Dahl #26, and Chris Iannetta #22 congratulate DJ LeMahieu #9 of the Colorado Rockies after his grand slam homerun during the eighth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on August 27, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
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The Colorado Rockies must find a way to beat good opponents (starting tonight with the Los Angeles Dodgers) at the most important time … and they will have to do it without Trevor Story … at least for now.

While they can’t replace Story while he misses action with an elbow issue, the Colorado Rockies do have plenty of “clutch guys” in the lineup. Most recently, DJ LeMahieu had a walk-off homer in the ninth, Nolan Arenado has many clutch at bats to look back on, and Ian Desmond has been the game-winner a couple times this year. Tom Murphy, David Dahl and Ryan McMahon have even had late-game heroics.

The rest of the lineup is certainly capable of supplying some heroics of their own. Some combination of Charlie Blackmon, Gerardo Parra, Carlos Gonzalez, and Matt Holliday (who can forget that slide into home plate) in the outfield and Chris Iannetta have all been down this road before.

However, the problem isn’t the Rockies offensive numbers, but their offensive tendency to play peek-a-boo. That means they are solid for a night or a couple of nights in a row and then go non-existent sometimes, squandering good pitching.

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Every batter is “Casey at Bat” when the Rockies get opportunities now. There is no telling which RBI (or lack thereof) will send the Rockies into (or out of) the playoffs from here on out.

The rotation has generally kept the Rockies in the game, minus last night of course. Kyle Freeland is having one of the best years in Rockies history. The bullpen has been up and down but has dominant arms at their disposal. The two units must find a way to help each other. Give that pitcher a couple of insurance runs or give that batter an at-bat or two to lock in on what he’s seeing tonight.

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It’s going to take a group effort, especially knowing Story will miss some time. So it’s all hands on deck for the Rockies … starting right now.