2) Charlie Blackmon needs to be lower in the lineup …
To start the 2022 season, Charlie Blackmon hasn’t been as bad as Brendan Rodgers but that isn’t saying much. Blackmon is hitting .130/.167/.174 with two singles, a double, and a walk.
In the first two games of the season, he led off for the Rockies. After an off day in game three, he has been in the two spot since. He needs to be lower in the lineup, at least in the interim.
And in addition to this…
3) … and Sam Hilliard needs to see some more playing time instead of Blackmon
Sam Hilliard, on the other hand, has only appeared in three games and only started one game. Hilliard could be part of their future in the outfield and Blackmon is not just by their ages (Hilliard is 28 and Blackmon will be 36 in July).
Hilliard has shown glimpses of some great power in the lineup but he hasn’t shown the consistency with contact in the majors. But it’s hard to see that consistency come when you have had five plate appearances in a week.
If Blackmon was hitting well or a great defender in right field, it would be more understandable but Hilliard needs to get some more consistent at-bats and even some ABs against lefties (Hilliard actually had an OPS that was 113 points higher against lefties in 2021 despite only facing lefties in 24 percent of his ABs).