In episode 46 of the Rox Pile Rockies Report podcast, my co-expert Kevin Henry and I discuss the takeaways we had from the series that opened the 2021 season for the Colorado Rockies.
In the four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, while the Rockies were competitive in the series overall, the lack of control from the starting pitchers and defensive mishaps were the big reasons why the Rockies were only able to win one of the four games.
When you face a team that is good as the Dodgers, they will take advantage of the small mistakes and make them into big mistakes.
We also discuss some of the injuries that the Rockies dealt with in the series as well and give an update on them.
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We then talk about the Arizona Diamondbacks, who also only salvaged one game of their four-game series against the San Diego Padres. We discuss the pitching matchups and make a comparison of one of their starting pitchers in the series to a Rockies starting pitcher.
Some of the key players to watch for Arizona are Ketel Marte and Carson Kelly.
Marte is off to a red-hot start to the season as in 16 at-bats, he is hitting .563 with two home runs and three RBI. He also has two doubles and two walks on the season as well.
Kelly, the D-Backs primary catcher, is five for eight to start the season with a double.
On the mound, the Rockies will face Madison Bumgarner on Tuesday after he was shelled on Opening Day. In just four innings of work, he allowed seven hits, six runs (all earned), two home runs, three walks, and struck out six.
He will face German Marquez, whose problem was control and deep counts on Opening Day. He had 92 pitches in just four innings, where he allowed six hits and six walks while only striking out two batters. However, he only allowed one run.
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