Through their first six games of the 2022 season, the Colorado Rockies have had a decent lineup. Entering Friday, they are hitting .267/.339/.405, which is 4th, 7th, and 11th in baseball. So, overall, their offense is doing well. That’s something that couldn’t be said in 2021.
Their main problem this year has been hitting with runners in scoring position. They are hitting .212 (14-for-66) with runners in scoring position so, in other words, they are getting hits but they aren’t getting the clutch hits that they need.
Part of that is because of the construction of their lineup. There are five changes that the Colorado Rockies should make to their lineup right now to maximize the players that are hot right now.
1) Keep Brendan Rodgers in the lineup … but drop him lower in the lineup
There are no two ways about it: Colorado Rockies second baseman Brendan Rodgers has been one of the worst hitters in baseball to start the season.
Entering Friday, he is hitting .087/.185/.087 with two singles and three walks in 26 plate appearances. That’s, obviously, not an ideal start to the season when Rodgers is healthy and in the majors for the first time to start a season in his career.
But the Rockies cannot and should not give up on him after just one bad week at the plate. They could put less pressure on him, though.
For the first three games of the year, Rodgers was put in the third spot in the lineup and in the three games since, he has been in the fifth spot in the lineup.
Until he heats up, the Rockies need to put a little bit less pressure on him by putting him lower in the lineup than that. They need to keep playing him every day to see if he can produce as he did last year (102 OPS+) or better but, in the interim, he needs to be in a lower pressure spot in the lineup.