The Colorado Rockies just saw a glimpse of their future

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JUNE 06: Peter Lambert #23 of the Colorado Rockies pitches in the first inning during the game against the Chicago Cubs 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 pitches in the first inning during the game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on June 06, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) /
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Thursday’s 3-1 win over the Chicago Cubs may look fairly mundane on the surface. But a deeper look at the box score reveals that this game was much more than just the Colorado Rockies’ 12th win in their last 16 games. It was a glimpse of the future for this team.

Top pitching prospect Peter Lambert exceeded the hype surrounding his Colorado Rockies debut, throwing seven frames of one-run ball while striking out nine and walking just one. The formidable Cubs lineup could manage just four hits against the 22-year-old.

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Lambert figures to be a key piece of this rotation for years to come and with an opening in the current rotation, he has the potential to get a good opportunity to prove why he has garnered so much attention throughout his minor league career.

But Thursday’s win was about more than just Lambert’s historic debut. That game marked the first time that two future franchise players appeared in the same Major League lineup … Lambert and Brendan Rodgers. And while Rodgers went 0-for-3 Thursday, he will be manning the infield behind Lambert for years to come.

Even David Dahl, who’s already had several memorable moments for the Colorado Rockies, is currently on pace for his first season where he would see action in more than 100 games. Dahl drove in the first run for the Rockies in Thursday’s win and is another guy we will be seeing plenty of in the coming years.

After Lambert’s seven dominant innings, young reliever Jairo Diaz pitched a scoreless eighth. The save went to Scott Oberg who, despite being the Rockies’ best reliever, only came into prominence last season. Oberg saved 75 games in the minors and was viewed as the club’s potential future closer.

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Beyond being an historic moment for Peter Lambert, Thursday’s win was a glimpse of what future box scores could look like for Colorado. With Lambert, Rodgers, Dahl, Diaz, Oberg, and several others, the future looks bright in Denver.

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