Colorado Rockies: Three trends we noticed in the Chicago Cubs series

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JUNE 06: Peter Lambert #23 of the Colorado Rockies following his single against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning at Wrigley Field on June 06, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JUNE 06: Peter Lambert #23 of the Colorado Rockies following his single against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning at Wrigley Field on June 06, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) /
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David Dahl of the Colorado Rockies
DENVER, COLORADO – MAY 30: David Dahl #26 of the Colorado Rockies celebrates as he crosses the plate after hitting a two-run home run run in the second inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field on May 30, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /

Decisions coming in the outfield

Charlie Blackmon’s return not only will hopefully boost the lineup but will also cause some shifting around with the outfield.

As we discussed in the previous slide, Tapia has struggled in recent games at the plate. He’s also shown some less-than-desirable defense while at Wrigley Field as well, including a misplay on Tuesday night and an overthrow on Wednesday night.

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Blackmon’s absence has created a situation where there haven’t been many opportunities for Tapia or David Dahl to have a day off. Garrett Hampson has spelled Ian Desmond briefly but the outfield has been very consistent with its Tapia-Desmond-Dahl look since Blackmon went out with an injury on May 24.

That consistency is getting ready to be turned upside down, however, with Blackmon once again taking over in right field. That leaves Desmond and Dahl in center while Tapia and Dahl will be available in left.

Remember, there has not been a lot of moving outfield positions around with this year’s squad. Tapia has played just one game (11 innings against Tampa Bay on April 3) in right field and that’s the only time he has played anywhere other than left this season. Desmond has only played center field and Blackmon has only played right. Dahl, meanwhile, has played all three positions.

Expect Dahl to move around more in the outfield with Blackmon’s return and Bud Black to take advantage of Dahl’s current hot streak at the plate. He went 1-for-4 on Thursday to lower his batting average to .335, including hitting .476 in June.

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