Young bats keep improving
I wrote in this article about the recent revival of Ryan McMahon at the plate. While he had his first multi-homer game of the season in Thursday’s loss, it will take more than just RyMac powering balls deep to boost Colorado.
There is also signs of life from Raimel Tapia, who responded to being moved to the top of the order on Thursday with one of his best all-around offensive games.
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Tapia drew a career-high four walks and also singled, marking the 10th time in Rockies history that a player had turned that feat since Michael McKenry did in August of 2014.
In August, Tapia is now hitting .375 with a .500 OBP. That’s after ending July with a .154/.200/.154 slash line, so the 26-year-old outfielder has definitely been on a roll.
Now the big question is this: How will the Rockies use that “roll?” Will Tapia be a fixture at the top of the lineup (let’s not forget Garrett Hampson has been hitting .275/.351/.431 in 12 games as Colorado’s leadoff hitter)? Will Tapia slide down and solidify the bottom of the order? Will he be a DH or play in the outfield?
It will be interesting to see what happens with Tapia, as well as outfielder Sam Hilliard, who recorded a career-high four hits on Thursday. With David Dahl on the injured list, Colorado needs options in the outfield who can produce.