Third, Colorado’s defense has shored up
Third baseman Ryan McMahon is the poster boy for just how the Rockies struggled so mightily in the field with their defense during the first two months of the season, but have turned things around in a big way as of late.
Overall this season, McMahon has 12 errors, tied for the second-most in all of baseball. It’s part of a team total of 59, which is the third-highest for any MLB team. McMahon had four errors while the team logged seven miscues in a four-game road sweep at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies in late April.
However, take a look at the last few weeks and you will see how Colorado has morphed into a much better defensive squad.
Since a three-error game in Miami on June 21, the Rockies have just two errors in their last 24 games. That’s the fewest in MLB and also includes a 12-game errorless streak from June 25 through July 7, a stretch that tied for the second-longest streak of clean baseball in franchise history.
And McMahon? He has just four errors since May 17 while manning the hot corner, showing whatever was off early in the season has been corrected.
With one positive in each part of the game to build upon heading into the break, Black and the Rockies are optimistic about what is to come.
“We have to keep going, there’s a lot of baseball left,” Black said. “We have to hit, we have to pitch, we have to play defense. Right now, over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been doing that.”