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One Rox player who has seen the impact of both Almonte and Kinley up close this season, as well as the remainder of the Rockies pitching staff, is starting catcher Tony Wolters.
“We definitely miss Wade and Oby (Oberg),” Wolters said Wednesday night following a 4-3 loss to the Giants that snapped the Rockies four-game winning streak in a contest in which Kinley whiffed one in a scoreless seventh inning.
“Hopefully, they will be back soon. Our guys know that they need to step up.…Our whole staff, they are out there doing early work, getting ready, being prepared, knowing what they are going to be facing before they get on the mound. They are competitive.”
Added Wolters: “Our bullpen right now is in a good spot, a good mental spot of just ‘I am going out there being pitch to pitch. I am going to execute and get off the mound and get us to go hit and get Nolan and Charlie up as much as possible.’“
If Almonte and Kinley can continue to perform at the levels that they have shown, the duo should help give Arenado and Blackmon and the remainder of the Rox offense plenty of opportunities to score runs for the remainder of the season while bolstering the team’s bullpen corps.