The trip to the West Coast has been anything but ideal for the Colorado Rockies, including back-to-back losses in Los Angeles to drop out of first place in the National League West.
A walk-off home run by Chris Taylor capped off a horrendous and heart-breaking night for the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday as the Dodgers took a 3-2 win and expanded their lead at the top of the division to 1.5 games. The Rockies are now 1-4 in the first five games of their nine-game NL West trip through San Francisco, Los Angeles and Phoenix and have scored just seven combined runs in those five games.
Adam Ottavino gave up the game-winning homer to Taylor on Tuesday, adding to what has been a brutal stretch for one of Colorado’s biggest bullpen assets. Ottavino has now given up four runs in his last three outings (spanning 3.1 innings) after not surrendering a run in his first five outings of September (spanning five innings).
The best news of Tuesday, however, might have come from the medical side as it was revealed Trevor Story will likely be back this season after an earlier scary report that he had ligament damage in his injured elbow. Despite the initial scare, the Rockies seemed to think that Story would need a few games of rest but should be back to help the Rockies chase their second consecutive postseason appearance.
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There has also been a shake-up in the rotation as Jon Gray will have his spot skipped when the Rockies head to Arizona on Friday. This comes as a result of Gray’s shaky start to open the Dodgers series. Do the Rockies just have two reliable starters right now in Kyle Freeland and German Marquez? Is that enough to get them into the playoffs?
There is a lot to break down with the Rockies, and our own Jake Shapiro does just that in his most recent Rockie Road podcast. You can listen to it by clicking here.