Colorado Rockies: Three things to like from the Texas Rangers series

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 16: Starting pitcher Jon Gray #55 of the Colorado Rockies delivers to home plate during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Coors Field on August 16, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - AUGUST 16: Starting pitcher Jon Gray #55 of the Colorado Rockies delivers to home plate during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Coors Field on August 16, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /
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The Colorado Rockies dropped two of three games against the Texas Rangers but they did salvage the final game of the series.

The Colorado Rockies did not have a great series against the Texas Rangers this weekend but they were able to salvage the series finale on Sunday in a 10-6 of the Rangers.

During the three-game series, the Rockies had some rough moments, particularly on the offensive front. For example, they were 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position on Saturday, which was a big factor in the Rockies losing 6-4.

However, there were some things from the series that were positive for the Rockies.

Raimel Tapia keeps hitting

The Rockies keep putting Raimel Tapia in their starting lineup because he has played well in the last week. Entering Tuesday, Tapia was hitting .125 with an OPS of .292 but after, Tapia went 8-for-17 with a double, a triple, and three RBI. Now, he is hitting .303 with an OPS of .745.

If he can play like he has this week more consistently, he will continue to see more playing time.

Charlie Blackmon is hitting again

Through Tuesday, Charlie Blackmon was hitting .500 (34-for-68) with an OPS of 1.248. He then went two games where, in each, he went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

But in the last two games of the Rangers series, Blackmon went 3-for-7 with a double, a triple, two walks. He now is hitting .446 with an OPS of 1.152.

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Jon Gray rebounded nicely

Undoubtedly, with the week the Rockies had (they lost five of their last seven games going back to last Sunday), a lot of people would have hit the panic button (I’m talking those of you on Twitter) on the season and on Jon Gray’s season in general if he had two poor starts in a row.

On Monday, he only went 3 1/3 innings while allowing 11 hits, 8 runs (all earned), and only striking out two but he recovered well on Sunday. He went seven innings, he allowed three hits, three runs, two walks, and he struck out seven.

Two of those runs and hits were against back-to-back hitters in the second inning, when he allowed a double to Todd Frazier and a 2-run homer to Rougned Odor. The only other hit he allowed was a solo home run to Joey Gallo in the 4th inning.

It also helped that the Rockies provided him with 10 runs of support.

Next. Bud Black on momentum, no fans in stands. dark

The Rockies travel to Houston for a quick, two-game series against the Astros before returning to Coors Field to face Houston on Wednesday and Thursday. First pitch will be at 7:10 p.m. (Mountain time) on Monday and Tuesday will be a day-game at 1:10 p.m. (Mountain time).