MILWAUKEE — My head’s nonetheless spinning from the Rockies’ wild, 5-4, 11-inning win over the Brewers on Sunday, and from a seven-game street journey through which the Rockies misplaced three video games in walk-off style and barely escaped a fourth heartbreaker.
However I’ve tried to gather my ideas in a coherent method to move alongside just a few ideas and observations.
— Closing big-league video games is a special beast, and it’s positive not for everyone.
On Friday night time, after Wade Davis blew his second consecutive save, I requested supervisor Bud Black if he was going to take Davis out of the nearer function, no less than quickly. His reply was a blunt no, and Black and I’ve had a working debate about it since.
Many followers, after all, wished Adam Ottavino to take over the function. I get that. Ottavino has been sensational this season and has a 1.66 ERA. However he’s not a bullpen Superman, and that was revealed within the ninth inning Sunday.
Mike Moustakas hit a leadoff homer off Ottavino within the ninth, and Ottavino gave up an RBI double and a wild pitch that scored a run. Granted, catcher Tom Murphy made the inning a multitude, getting referred to as for catcher interference on Ryan Braun’s at-bat after which failing to deal with strike three within the dust on a pitch to Erik Kratz that ought to have ended the sport. Nonetheless, it’s clear that eradicating Davis, a confirmed nearer, from that tough function just isn’t as lower and dried because it might sound.
— That stated, the Rockies’ bullpen stays the workforce’s greatest fear because it tries to remain within the race for a wild-card spot or the Nationwide League West title.
— Shortstop Trevor Story is bursting onto the baseball scene like a supernova:
- He hit his 24th residence run of the season Sunday and drove in 4 of the Rockies’ 5 runs.
- He mashed residence runs within the remaining three video games of the street journey and completed the season collection in opposition to Milwaukee with seven residence runs and 18 RBIs over seven video games.
- Since June 2, Story is batting .339.
“He’s been carrying us,” stated Nolan Arenado, who hit the game-winning solo residence run within the 11th. “His method has been unbelievable.”
Story, as traditional, was happy however low-key about his efficiency.
“Actually, I’m simply attempting to maintain issues easy and never complicate it,” he stated. “Lots of it’s about preparation.”
Then Story tipped his cap to Arenado.
“That homer was enormous,” Story stated. “He’s our greatest participant, and he confirmed why proper there. That was a big-time spot by a big-time participant.”
— Colorado wants extra manufacturing from its catchers, and Black could be very conscious of it. Murphy went 0-for-Three with three strikeouts Sunday, and the mix of Chris Iannetta, Tony Wolters and Murphy was a no-show with the bat the complete street journey, going 1-for-23. The trio has solely 5 hits since July 14.
“I believe you might say (we’d like extra), and they might be the primary to confess it,” Black stated. “Now we have talked about them being mired in a bit of offensive hunch. These guys are higher offensive gamers than that.”
— Jon Grey is pitching like he should if the Rockies are going to make the postseason. He has pitched seven-plus innings for a career-high fourth consecutive begin. He’s the primary Rockies pitcher to try this since Jhoulys Chacin did it twice in 2013.