The Colorado Rockies enter Sunday’s series finale against the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 43-49 mark and 18.0 games behind the National League West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.
On the surface, there’s not a lot to like about those numbers. However, if you dig a little deeper, the Colorado Rockies are entering the All-Star break with a bit of momentum and hope about what the second half of the season might bring.
Some of that hope rides on the fact that the Rockies are just six games out of the final NL Wild Card slot plus, by securing series wins in their last three series, they have separated themselves from the Arizona Diamondbacks and the division cellar.
Here are three positives the Colorado Rockies can look to for hope as the All-Star break looms
First, the roster addition of starting pitcher José Ureña has been a boost
In his three starts with the Rockies so far this season, the 30-year-old right-hander has posted a 1.45 ERA in 18.2 innings of work. That includes six shutout innings at Coors Field on Saturday against the Pirates as the Rockies went on to post a 2-0 win.
Ureña came to the Rockies after being designated for assignment by the Milwaukee Brewers in early May. He only pitched out of the bullpen for the Brewers in four games earlier this season and was stretched back out to have enough of a pitch count to be a starter (something he did for seven seasons with the Miami Marlins and Detroit Tigers) once acquired by the Rockies.
“It was a little tough because you feel like you wasted a little bit of time,” Ureña said after Saturday’s win, referring to his time getting stretched out in the minors before getting called up by the Rockies. “But you have to keep your mind right and do the best you can when you get the opportunity.”
That opportunity has come with the Rockies and Urena is making the most of it. His next start is scheduled for Saturday … in Milwaukee against the Brewers.