The Colorado Rockies and Oakland A’s split a two-game series at Coors Field as Colorado continued to see if it could put things together for a run at the postseason.
We were at Coors Field for both games and on Zoom calls with Colorado Rockies players and manager Bud Black before and after the contests. During these calls, we picked up on a few interesting quotes and wanted to not only share them with you, but also some context surrounding them and thoughts about them.
Starting our deep dive into three quotes, we head to a Wednesday morning Zoom call with Rockies utility player Garrett Hampson, who played a big defensive role in Colorado’s Tuesday win but was a pinch hitter and defensive replacement in Wednesday’s loss.
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After Wednesday’s lineup was announced (and Hampson wasn’t included), Hampson was on the Zoom call and was asked about if he felt he needed to make more plays to stay in the lineup. The 25-year-old Hampson chose to talk about team goals rather than his individual desire for playing time.
"“We’re trying to win ball games,” said Hampson. “I think it’s gonna take all 28 guys and you got to think of it like that. You’re not always gonna be in there every day, but as long as you’re trying to contribute to a win, I think that’s the best attitude to take.”"
Thoughts: Hampson has struggled since going 2-for-4 on September 6 against the Dodgers, going 1-for-16 at the plate. That one hit was an excellent placement of a bunt on Tuesday night.
Hampson is right that it’s going to take every member of the Rockies finding their swing at the plate for the team to have a chance at the playoffs.
Colorado was 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position in Tuesday’s win and 1-for-8 in Wednesday’s loss. If the Rockies can’t find their swings, they’re going to have to play incredible defense (like Hampson did on Tuesday) to give their pitcher a chance to hold down the other team.
Hoping to outscore the other team in a pitcher’s duel? It’s been that way for quite some time it feels like for the Rockies.