The Colorado Rockies’ offense has kept the team in the playoff hunt at the break despite the pitching staff having a major setback following last season. Considering the way the Rockies swung the bats in the first half, even league-average pitching could win them most of their games.
Rumors of Marcus Stroman coming to the Colorado Rockies have been swirling for years. Even going back to the 2016 offseason, there was talk of the Rox and Jays swapping Stroman for Charlie Blackmon but Toronto wanted more in return.
The Rockies are lucky Toronto balked at this offer as it was already lopsided in Toronto’s favor (Stroman was comming off a 4.37 ERA and Blackmon just hit .324 with 29 home runs). Additionally, the next season Blackmon would go on to finish fifth in NL MVP voting, leading the league in runs, hits, triples, batting average and total bases while smashing 37 home runs and driving in 104 runs.
Interestingly, Stroman also had a career year in 2017, posting a 3.09 ERA and finishing eighth in AL Cy Young voting. If Stroman does come to Colorado this deadline, it will clearly not be for Charlie Blackmon, who is again putting up MVP-caliber numbers heading into the break.
This season, Stroman is a first-time All-Star in what will likely be his final season in a Blue Jays uniform.