It was a beautiful weekend but a glum start for the Rockies who were swept by the Dodgers in their home opening series. The Dodgers outscored the struggling Rockies offense 29 – 14 in the three games which is reflective of the difference in how these two Division rivals have started their season. Both teams through Sunday had each played 10 games during which the Dodgers scored a total 84 runs and the Rockies 31.
It became clear that the Rockies were facing a hot offense which would require some solid outings from their weekend starters. That didn’t happen as Friday afternoon’s starter, Tyler Anderson allowed six runs in four innings. The Rockies lost 10-6. In Saturday’s game, Jon Gray lasted five innings but allowed five runs in the Rockies 7-2 loss. Sunday night a national audience got to watch the Rockies lose 12-6 as Chad Bettis gave up six runs in a brief 2.2-inning start.
In 2018, the Rockies showed that flawed starting pitching can be offset by a hot late inning offense. There was no rescue in the bats this time around. During this series, Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story both drove in four runs in a total of 11 at bats. David Dahl showed his stuff driving in three runs in nine at bats. Those were the big contributors in 27 innings of play.
In addition to the slow start, the Rockies growing injured list is a concern. Ryan McMahon has joined the list with a left elbow strain and Friday’s starting pitcher Tyler Anderson has been sidelined with left knee inflammation. They join first baseman Daniel Murphy and pitchers Antonio Senzatela, Chris Rusin and Jake McGee.
Enough with the gloom and doom. How about some good news? One of the bright spots of the weekend occurred on Saturday night when rookie Josh Fuentes got a base hit in his first Major League at bat, a night he’ll never forget in a less than memorable game. Fuentes happens to be Arenado’s cousin, but that’s not really his baseball claim to fame. In 2018, playing for the Albuquerque Isotopes, he was the PCL Rookie of the Year and the Top Star in the Triple-A All Star Game. Don’t be surprised if we see more of Fuentes as the season progresses.
Buck up fans. It’s too early to be discouraged with such a small sample of games. The Boston Red Sox probably don’t think they’re out of it and their record so far is three wins and eight losses. And how about the Cubs? Do you think their two-win, seven-loss record has convinced them that they have no chance to make the playoffs?
This week the Rockies are at home for a three-game series with the Atlanta Braves. What should be a big plus is that they’ll start the first two games of the series with their premier pitchers Kyle Freeland and German Marquez who was just signed to a five-year $43 million extension.
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