The Rockies rebounded from a disappointing 11-16 record in June by posting their best July record since 2009, a season when 92 wins sent them to the playoffs as a wild card. It was a team effort that featured superb pitching from their young starters who recorded a team ERA of 1.80 for the month which is a club record. The solid starts were backed up by strong bullpen performances – a bullpen that now includes veteran reliever Seunghwan Oh who was just obtained from the Toronto Blue Jays where he maintained a 2.68 ERA through 48 appearances with 55 strikeouts. With his addition the Rockies now have the formidable “O Boys” in their relief corps – Oh, Oberg and Ottavino. Their combined talents are enough to make any opposing manager think “Oh Boy!”
The Rockies offense also flourished in July with the team’s .257 batting average ranking them fourth in the National League. Ian Desmond has continued to produce while Carlos Gonzalez has soared into one of his extended hot streaks boosting his batting average in two months from .167 to .287.
With this combination of elite pitching and solid offense the Rockies split a two-game series with defending World Series Champion Houston Astros then swept the visiting Oakland A’s who came to town riding a six-game winning streak. The Rockies finished the month 12-2 at Coors Field with the best record in the National League since June 16. They now trail the Dodgers by one game in the National League West.
This week the Rockies will be another set of tough match ups, as they travel to St. Louis for a four-game series with the Cardinals then it’s on to Milwaukee for a weekend series with the Brew Crew who trail the Chicago Cubs by only 1.5 games in the Central Division.
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