Colorado Rockies Week One Review: April 6-12

Jordan Lyles had a strong opening week with two quality starts in two tries.
Photo Credit: Mike McGinnis – Getty Images North America

Last week I ran the first of a season-long series previewing every week of the season. This is the second of two pieces that will be running every Monday, with this one reviewing the past week and naming the Rockies position player and pitcher of the week. Without further ado, a look at week one of the Colorado Rockies’ season.

Week record: 4-2
Season record: 4-2 (1st in NL West, +0.5 games on SD)

Monday, April 6 – Colorado Rockies (10) at Milwaukee Brewers (0)
W – Kendrick (1-0) L – Lohse (0-1)
HR – Dickerson (1), Arenado (1)
Players of the game:
Kyle Kendrick – 7 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 6 K; 2 for 3, 2B
Nolan Arenado – 3 for 4, 2B, HR, BB, 4 RBI
Corey Dickerson – 2 for 5, HR, 4 RBI

Tuesday, April 7 – Colorado Rockies (5) at Milwaukee Brewers (2)
W – Lyles (1-0) L – Garza (0-1) S – Hawkins (1)
Players of the game:
Jordan Lyles – 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 2 K
Nolan Arenado – 2 for 5, 2B, RBI
Nick Hundley – 3 for 4, 2B, RBI

Wednesday, April 8 – Colorado Rockies (5) at Milwaukee Brewers (4)
W – Hawkins (1-0) L – Rodriguez (0-1) S – Axford (1) F/10
HR: Dickerson (2), Gonzalez (1), Rosario (1)
Players of the game:
Carlos Gonzalez – 2 for 5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI
Wilin Rosario – 1 for 1, HR, RBI
Corey Dickerson – 2 for 4, HR, RBI

The first series of the season for the Rockies was about as perfect as an opening series could be. It included a blowout where everything went right, a garden variety solid team win where everyone did their jobs, and an exciting extra innings win. Rockies fans got to see a record setting performance as well, with the team tying the record set by the 1912 New York Giants with 12 doubles in their first two games of the season. It was even three road wins, something the Rockies struggled mightily with in 2014. The club also got strong pitching in the series, with game three starter Eddie Butler falling just a third of an inning short of making the team three for three in quality starts. The bullpen allowed just two runs in the series, both coming in a blown save from LaTroy Hawkins that involved several balls that were not hit hard but happened to find holes. All in all, the Rockies headed to Coors Field feeling awfully good about themselves.

Thursday, April 9 – Day off

Friday, April 10 – Chicago Cubs (1) at Colorado Rockies (5)
W – Bergman (1-0) L – Wood (0-1)
HR: Morneau (1)
Players of the game:
Troy Tulowitzki – 2 for 4, 2B, 2 RBI
DJ LeMahieu – 3 for 4, RBI
Brooks Brown – 2 IP, H, BB, 2 K

Saturday, April 11 – Chicago Cubs (9) at Colorado Rockies (5)
W – Hammel (1-0) L – Kendrick (1-1)
HR: Arenado (2)
Players of the game:
Nolan Arenado – 2 for 4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI
Justin Morneau – 2 for 5, RBI
Corey Dickerson – 2 for 4, 2 RBI

Sunday April, 12 – Chicago Cubs (6) at Colorado Rockies (5)
W – Ramirez (1-0) L – Hawkins (1-1) S – Rondon (2)
Players of the game:
Charlie Blackmon – 3 for 4, 2B, RBI
Jordan Lyles – 6 IP, 5 H, ER, 3 BB, 3 K
DJ LeMahieu – 1 for 4, 3B, 3 RBI

As the Rockies traveled home to Coors Field to face off against the Cubs, the first game of the series went as smoothly as the first three in Milwaukee, as the Rockies cruised to a 5-1 win. From there, things went downhill. Kyle Kendrick was roughed up in his first Rockies start at Coors Field, allowing eight earned run in 5 innings in a 9-5 loss to Chicago, the first of the season for the club. Then, on Sunday, it appeared that the Rockies were going to overcome four errors and take their second straight series until LaTroy Hawkins blew his second save in as many chances, ultimately resulting in a 6-5 Rockies loss.

All in all, it was a solid first week for the Rockies. They currently hold a slim lead in the division (though that hardly matters this early in the season) and have gotten outstanding work from everyone in the bullpen aside from Hawkins. In fact, all other Rockies relievers have combined for 18 2/3 scoreless innings to start the season. This is definitely an encouraging sign going forward. One other interesting note from the first week is that the Rockies have now scored exactly five runs for five consecutive games. Now, let’s take a look at the Rockies players of the week. You can find a running leaderboard of the Rockies position player and pitcher of the week on the right side of the screen.

Rockies position player of the week: Corey Dickerson – 26 PA, .417/.462/.792, 243 wRC+, 3 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBI
With several hitters getting off to strong starts for the Rockies, choosing the season’s first player of the week was very difficult. Ultimately, I went with Corey Dickerson, who narrowly beat out guys like Nolan Arenado, Troy Tulowitzki, and DJ LeMahieu, all of whom are also off to great starts. Corey gets the nod here thanks to a team leading 243 wRC+ in week one as well as his two home runs; one of which was the first Rockies home run of the season, the other pulled the Rockies even in the seventh inning against Milwaukee on Wednesday. Here is video evidence of Corey’s two home runs for your viewing pleasure:

Longest Rockies home run of the week: Carlos Gonzalez – 461 feet
This was not only the longest Rockies home run of the week, it so far is the longest home run in the Major Leagues this season. You’ll probably want to replay this one a few times:

You can also find a running tally of the five longest Rockies home runs of the season on the right side of the screen.

Rockies pitcher of the week: Jordan Lyles – 2 games started, 2 quality starts, 1-0, 12 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 2.25 ERA
The pitcher of the week was another tough call. There were a number of bullpen options who also have an argument to go here, most notably Adam Ottavino and Rafael Betancourt. In the end, Lyles gets the nod with his two quality starts, more than the rest of the team had combined this week. He left both games with the Rockies leading and gave them a great shot to win in each of his starts. For that, he earns a spot as Rockies pitcher of the week. Take a look at his quality start in Milwaukee on Tuesday:

That does it for week one. Make sure to take a look ahead at week two of the season and don’t forget to subscribe, like View from the Rooftop on Facebook, follow on Twitter, and check back on Thursday, April 16, as I look at what the Rockies should do in the bullpen.


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