I’m sorry Colorado Rockies fans, but I’m going to play a game that my 3-year-old son plays quite frequently called, “I want that.” It is where he sees something he absolutely can’t have and says, “I want that.”
Like my son, I have some irrational wants that I know the Colorado Rockies will not give me. I have become that fan who you do not make eye contact at the water cooler because you know something idiotic will be said. I don’t want to be that guy. However, with how all over the place the Rockies have played, I have made a list of wants.
Let’s start with Nolan Arenado. I want Arenado to hit like he has for the next, let’s say, 120-plus games. It took him longer than anticipated but Arenado is in one of those stretches where he is “Must-See-HDTV” every time he steps up to the plate. In the last 15 games, he is hitting .406/.426/.844 with seven home runs and 18 RBI. The Rockies have to hope he can stay hot long enough for the pitching staff can get things sorted out.
I want Raimel Tapia in the starting lineup from now on. “Con Mucho Swagger” has been the second hottest hitter on the team behind Arenado with 16 hits in his last 46 at-bats. He can be an adventure defensively but Bud Black has keep his bat in the lineup until it cools off. Too bad he will likely be splitting his playing time with a struggling David Dahl and Ian Desmond, who is on a bit of a heater himself.
I want Brendan Rodgers in the majors right now. The past week, I have written a couple of articles on the need to call him up and who he could replace. It has become more clear than ever that his time has come.
Ryan McMahon is stuck in a 5-for-22 with eight strikeouts slump and looks completely lost at the plate. His backup, Garrett Hampson, hasn’t played much better, all the while Rodgers has continued to hammer minor league pitching. He still has some work to do defensively so unfortunately, we likely won’t see him until later this summer.
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Finally, I want to see Peter Lambert get a shot in the rotation. Actually, since I’m being irrational, I want Dallas Keuchel but I have to draw the line somewhere. With all of the days off in the next few days, Bud Black is going with a four-man rotation. However, it will be interesting to see who he goes with when the time comes to add that fifth arm.
Lambert has pitched well early on this season in Triple-A Albuquerque. In his last outing, the 22-year-old threw seven innings of three-hit ball, giving up a run and striking out four. Jeff Hoffman or Yency Almonte will probably get the spot but it would be exciting to see what the kid could do against the big leaguers.
I doubt that the Rockies will deliver on any of my wants but like my son, sometimes it is good to dream big. Just be sure to avoid me at the water cooler.