The Colorado Rockies just wrapped up their series with the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field to end the inaugural homestand of 2021 on a high note.
They won the last two games of the series, taking two of three in the series but overall in the series, there were three main positives and negatives to take away from it from the Rockies perspective.
Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray rebounded well
After his first start of the season against the Dodgers, nobody was sure how long he would be out considering that he left the game due to full-body cramps but he didn’t miss any time, which is phenomenal, especially since the Rockies rotation was already down a bit after the Dodgers series and with Kyle Freeland on the IL.
To top it off, he showed that he was healthy as he didn’t allow a hit in the first six innings he pitched. Total, Gray allowed two hits, one run, four walks, and he struck out five.
Garrett Hampson looks like a good leadoff hitter
Raimel Tapia has struggled both defensively and offensively to start the season so, in the last two games, Garrett Hampson has been in the leadoff spot and he has played well.
Entering the final game of the series, he was averaging 4.97 pitches per at-bat, which was tops in the NL. That’s a stat that’s good for a leadoff guy since that means guys later in the lineup (like Trevor Story, Charlie Blackmon, and Ryan McMahon) get to see more of what the pitcher has that day.
He also has already five RBI and four stolen bases on the season. The stolen base total would put him on pace for north of 80 if he got 600 at-bats this season.