The Rockies weren’t prepared to have to use a designated hitter in 2020.
The designated hitter for the Rockies
The Rockies have been using Raimel Tapia as the team’s primary designated hitter and, thus far, it has not been a fruitful venture. In 15 plate appearances, Tapia has two singles and he’s hitting .154/.200/.154 with an OPS+ of 2.
With the shortened season, the Rockies really don’t have a ton of time to wait to see if he can figure it out. Meanwhile, the Rockies have Matt Kemp, who rakes against left-handed pitchers and Coors Field but, right now, he’s Colorado’s best designated hitter option in general.
The other option is Daniel Murphy, who has cooled off significantly since the opening series in Texas. You can make a serious case that the Rockies should have Ryan McMahon at first base, Garrett Hampson at second base, and bench Murphy.
Assuming the season is still being played at the end of August, the Rockies could turn to the trade market to address some of their issues on the trade market.
However, don’t expect any huge trades or, frankly, any trades at all since the Rockies (and the other 29 teams) can only trade players in their pool or for players to be named later.