Since the All-Star break, the Colorado Rockies have been one of the worst teams in baseball. They are 10-20 in that span, which is tied for the third-worst. Despite that, second baseman Brendan Rodgers has been the best player on the Rockies.
Rockies: Brendan Rodgers has been great recently and for much of the 2022 season
Overall on the season, Brendan Rodgers has been the best player for the Rockies and at the end of the season, his breakout season will be the silver lining in what will be an awful season.
He has played in all but one game since the All-Star break and in that span, he’s hitting .353/.398/.466 with seven doubles, two home runs, and 11 RBI.
He started the season hitting .078/.172/.098 in 14 games in April so, needless to say, he has turned things around.
Since May 1, he has hit .313/.359/.477 with 26 doubles, 11 home runs, and 57 RBI with a wRC+ of 129 in 96 games. That 129 wRC+ is best among second basemen with at least 400 plate appearances in the NL in that span.
Defensively, he has been one of the best players in baseball this season as he has 15 Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) overall on the season. That is second-highest in the sport overall at any position. Former Rockie Nolan Arenado, Pirates 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes, and Guardians OF Steven Kwan are tied for the MLB lead with 16 DRS.
His 3.6 rWAR, far and away, leads the team on the season overall. Ryan McMahon is second-best at 2.9 rWAR.
Rodgers has played in 110 games on the season, which is another good sign. His previous record of games played in the majors in a season was 102. The most games he has ever played in a season is 114. With 39 games left in the 2022 season, Rodgers will shatter that, barring any catastrophic injury. If he avoids the IL for the rest of the year, it would be the first season in his pro career that he will avoid a stint there.
It will be and already has been a season for Rockies fans to forget but, perhaps, this season will be the start of Brendan Rodgers showing that he can be healthy and be a All-Star caliber player for the Colorado Rockies for the foreseeable future.