Colorado Rockies All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado recently talked to the media and these were three very interesting things we heard from him.
Prior to the final game of the road series against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, Nolan Arenado spoke to the media via Zoom about his season and what has been happening in recent days with the Colorado Rockies and their diminishing chances of reaching the postseason.
While Arenado certainly had plenty to say, we picked up on three key portions of the conversation to share with you before the Rockies take the field again tonight to kick off their final homestand of the season.
Colorado enters Friday’s matchup at Coors Field against the Los Angeles Angels with a 9-12 mark at home. Here’s what Arenado had to say about Colorado’s lack of a home field advantage in 2020.
"“Yeah, I think the fans obviously help out a lot, but I think it’s just Denver’s just a tough place to play. That’s a hard home field advantage. It’s tough to pitch there, but hitters come in a little bit more comfortable coming there. It’s tough. It’s not a home field advantage like going to L.A. or San Fran back in the day. It’s not like that. Hitters enjoy coming to Colorado. We have to find a way to win there and we have to find a way to compete. “Our pitchers have kept us in games, and our offense hasn’t been there. Then there’s times where we score runs and our pitchers have given up some runs. We just haven’t clicked at home.”"
Our thoughts: It’s always interesting to hear the player’s perspective on Coors Field being a hitter’s haven. Rockies fans are well aware of the altitude and the effect it can have on scoring … and getting a player in a slump back in the right. Rockies killer Matt Kemp talked about that in his first media session after signing with the Rockies.
"“I do hit the ball well in this ballpark,” said Kemp. “I see the ball really [well] here. I like the background, with the batter’s eye with the trees. It’s just one of those ballparks that I really can get locked in [with]. If I was struggling at any time and I knew we were coming to Colorado, this was a place where I was like ‘Man, I could probably get locked in right here.’ Everybody has those one or two or three stadiums that they enjoy hitting in and this is one of [them for me].”"
Perhaps one of the most frustrating things about the 2020 season has been that the Rockies offense hasn’t been able to click consistently at Coors. Can a Daniel Murphy or Ryan McMahon or David Dahl rediscover their swing during this nine-game homestand? It would take a lot of pressure off Arenado, Trevor Story, and Charlie Blackmon if so.