SAN FRANCISCO — This isn’t what Nolan Arenado envisioned throughout spring coaching when he signed an eight-year, $260 million take care of the Rockies.
The all-star third baseman noticed a group on the rise with a authentic probability to unseat the Dodgers within the Nationwide League West. However after the Rockies misplaced 5-2 to the Giants Saturday — their eighth consecutive defeat — Arenado’s frustration, concerning the group’s efficiency, in addition to his personal, was fairly clear.
“It simply looks like nothing goes our approach,” mentioned Arenado, who batted 0-for-Four and noticed his common slip to .246 after 15 video games. “Both we’re lining out or not having good at-bats.”
Arenado nonetheless has not hit a house run after 61 at-bats, the worst drought to start a season in his major-league profession.
“It’s bizarre realizing I nonetheless have a zero up there, however I’m doing the very best I can,” mentioned Arenado, who led the Nationwide League with 38 dwelling runs final season. “I’m making an attempt to determine it out, however I’m not going up there enthusiastic about it. I’m simply going up there to have at-bat and hit the ball onerous. I’m probably not doing that as constantly as I would love. I simply should get again to the drafting board and determine it out.”
Emergency pitcher. Utility infielder Pat Valaika. That’s whom supervisor Bud Black would have known as upon as his subsequent pitcher had the Rockies been pressured to go two extra innings of their 3-2 loss, 18-inning loss to the Giants that began Friday evening and completed early Saturday morning.
Black mentioned he would have moved Valaika from first base to the mound, middle fielder Ian Desmond to first and reliever DJ Johnson to one of many nook outfield positions.
“DJ was the one possibility, he needed to keep in sport,” Black mentioned. “We couldn’t have (Chris) Iannetta, as a result of he wanted to catch. I believe Valaika has higher stuff than (Garrett) Hampson. Trevor (Story) has arm, however he didn’t wish to go there. Similar with Nolan. And I had the unhealthy visible with (Raimel) Tapia on the mound. I didn’t see that one coming.
“And I didn’t wish to throw ‘Desi’ (Ian Desmond). And regardless that Chuck (Charlie Blackmon) comes from a pitching background, I didn’t wish to go there. In order that left Pat.”
Did he let Valaika know his doable plan?
“No,” Black mentioned. “I believe the component of shock would have been higher preparation.”
Rockies RHP German Marquez (1-1, 3.00 ERA) vs. Giants LHP Derek Holland (1-1, 3.38)
2:05 p.m. Sunday, Oracle Park
TV: AT&T SportsNet Radio: 850 AM/94.1 FM
The Rockies desperately want a robust begin from Marquez, and he’s totally able to that, however he’s not fared effectively vs. the Giants in 5 begins and has a 6.33 ERA in opposition to them. He’s coming off a foul begin vs. the Braves at Coors Subject, through which he gave up 5 runs on seven hits, together with two dwelling runs, throughout 5 innings. Holland is coming off a terrific begin — one run allowed on seven hits and two walks whereas fanning 9 over seven innings — in San Francisco’s 7-2 win over the Padres. The lefty is 1-2 with a 6.23 ERA in 4 profession begins vs. Colorado. The Rockies have batted .310 in opposition to him.
Trending: Colorado has but to attain a run within the first or second inning this season, combining for a batting common of .142.
At subject: Rockies starters aren’t getting the job carried out. After Kyle Freeland gave up three runs on 9 hits over 5 innings Saturday, the rotation’s ERA is 5.75
Upcoming pitching matchups
Monday: Rockies RHP Jeff Hoffman (0-0, 0.00) at Padres LHP Joey Lucchesi (2-1, 4.40), 8:10 p.m., ATTRM
Tuesday: Rockies RHP Jon Grey (0-3, 4.19) at Padres LHP Nick Margevicius (1-1, 1.69), 7:10 p.m., ATTRM