If the Colorado Rockies are going to make it back to the postseason for a third straight season, it can’t just be on the shoulders of their superstars. All 25 players on the active roster are going to need to make contributions and try to bring a spark to the team.
A perfect example came in Sunday’s 10-9 Colorado Rockies win over the Cincinnati Reds at Coors Field. Garrett Hampson, who hit .200 in the first half in 130 at-bats, came through with a rare play that ended up accounting for the game-winning run.
At second base after reaching on a fifth-inning single and advancing to second on an error by Reds center fielder Nick Senzel, Hampson used his incredible speed to score on Antonio Senzatela’s groundout to second base. The play caught the Reds off guard as Derek Dietrich turned and fired home too late to get Hampson.
Take a look at the play below…
"“Those are the things that I have to do,” Hampson told Rox Pile and other media members after the game. “It’s something you look for as a fast guy. Any time you can take that extra base and make a play happen with your legs is big.“I think it’s an exciting play. I think it can bring energy to the team.”"
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It not only brought energy but was also another example of the necessary contributions that every member of the Rockies will need to provide for this team to get through the muddled mess that is the chase for the postseason in the National League.
All four outfielders (including All-Stars Charlie Blackmon and David Dahl) are going to need to not only come through at the plate but improve their defense as well. Mark Reynolds is going to need to show that he is a bat off the bench who can come through in a clutch situation. Bryan Shaw and Jake McGee are going to need to revert to their first-half selves and become those reliable options out of the bullpen again.
Countless examples could be pointed out here, but the simple truth is that the Rockies haven’t been living up to preseason expectations … and time is ticking after Monday’s double-header sweep.