Colorado Rockies Week Three Review: April 20-26

The Colorado Rockies’ infield defense is so good, it’s almost as if they can fly. Photo Credit: Justin Edmonds – Getty Images North America

The third week of the regular season was the second consecutive week with a 3-3 record for the Colorado Rockies. With six home games this week as opposed to six road games last week, the 3-3 record isn’t quite as satisfying. Nonetheless, the Rockies find themselves in second place in the NL West and in a solid position moving forward. First, let’s take a look back at week three.

Week Record: 3-3
Season Record: 10-8 (t-2nd in NL West, 1 GB of LAD)

Monday, April 20 – San Diego Padres (14) at Colorado Rockies (3)
W – Despaigne (2-0)           L – De La Rosa (0-1)
Players of the game:
Nick Hundley – 2 for 3, BB
Charlie Blackmon – 1 for 4, 3B, RBI
Rafael Betancourt – IP, 0 R, K

Tuesday, April 21 – San Diego Padres (7) at Colorado Rockies (6)
W – Maurer (1-0)    L – Logan (0-1)        S – Kimbrel (5)
HR – Hundley (1)
Players of the game:
Nick Hundley – 2 for 4, 3B, HR, 2 RBI
Charlie Blackmon – 1 for 4, 3B, 2 RBI
Troy Tulowitzki – 1 for 3, 2B, RBI

Wednesday, April 22 – San Diego Padres (4) at Colorado Rockies (5)
W – Ottavino (1-0)  L – Kelley (0-2)
HR – Dickerson 2 (4)
Players of the game:
Corey Dickerson – 2 for 3, 2 HR, 2 RBI, BB
Michael McKenry – 3 for 4, 2B, SB
Nolan Arenado – 2 for 4, 2B, RBI

Thursday, April 23 – San Diego Padres (1) at Colorado Rockies (2)
W – Lyles (2-1)         L – Ross (1-1)            S – Axford (2)
HR – Dickerson (5)
Players of the game:
Jordan Lyles – 6 2/3 IP, 6 H, ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Corey Dickerson – 2 for 3, HR, RBI, BB
Nick Hundley – 2 for 3, BB

In a series that started out looking as if it could be a complete disaster, the Rockies did a nice job of righting the ship without letting things spiral out of control. Game one against the San Diego Padres was an absolute nightmare. Just minutes before the game, third baseman Nolan Arenado was scratched from the lineup with a sore wrist. It didn’t get any better from there as Jorge De La Rosa allowed nine runs (seven earned) on nine hits in just two innings in his first start of the season and Corey Dickerson had to leave the game with plantar fasciitis. When it was finally all over, the Rockies had lost, 14-3, and extended their losing streak to four games. The next day, with Arenado and Dickerson once again out of the lineup, the Rockies lost, 7-6, and ran their losing streak to five. Things got better from there.

The next day, Dickerson and Arenado returned to the starting lineup and combined for four hits, a double, and two home runs to help the Rockies to their first win in six tries. In the series finale, great work from starting pitcher Jordan Lyles and relievers Scott Oberg, Rafael Betancourt, and John Axford earned the Rockies a win and a series split.

Friday, April 24 – San Francisco Giants (4) at Colorado Rockies (6)
W – Butler (2-1)      L – Heston (2-2)      S – Ottavino (3)
HR – Blackmon (2)
Players of the game:
DJ LeMahieu – 3 for 4, 2 2B, 2 RBI
Corey Dickerson – 2 for 4, RBI, BB
Charlie Blackmon – 2 for 5, HR, RBI

Saturday, April 25 – San Francisco Giants (5) at Colorado Rockies (4)
W – Machi (1-0)       L – Brown (0-1)       F/11
HR – Tulowitzki (2), Gonzalez (2)
Players of the game:
Troy Tulowitzki – 2 for 5, HR, RBI
Carlos Gonzalez – 1 for 5, HR, RBI
Justin Morneau – 3 for 5

Sunday, April 26 – San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies
Game postponed due to inclement weather; makeup date TBD

In the second series of the week, the Rockies welcomed the San Francisco Giants to town for what was supposed to be a three game series. The Rockies took care of business in game one, a 6-4 win that gave them a three game winning streak behind a home run from Charlie Blackmon and a three hit day from DJ LeMahieu. The second game of the series saw Jorge De La Rosa deliver a solid bounce back start for the Rockies, but ultimately ended in a 5-4 loss in 11 innings. Game three was supposed to be played on Sunday afternoon. Alas, Mother Nature had other ideas. The game was postponed due to inclement weather with no makeup date announced as of yet. Oh, this also happened during the series:

It was a decidedly average week for the Rockies, who will now travel out on the road for more divisional games against the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Padres. It should be interesting to see how the offense performs after their first significant exposure to Coors Field this season.

Before we get to that, however, let’s take a look at the player and pitcher of the week. Don’t forget that you can find a running leaderboard of the player and pitcher of the week on the right side of the screen.

Rockies position player of the week: Corey Dickerson – 19 PA, .375/.474/.938, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 265 wRC+

Despite missing a game and a half with plantar fasciitis, a heel injury, and another half game after fouling a ball off his leg, Dickerson remained ultra-productive this week en route to earning his second player of the week honors of the young season. His three home runs this week give him a team leading five on the season and, as long as he can stay healthy, Dickerson looks primed to have a monster season. Here’s a look at his two home run game against the Padres:

Longest Rockies home run of the week: Corey Dickerson – 440 feet

So, this Dickerson guy can hit a little bit. His 440 foot blast this week currently comes in as the second longest Rockies home run of the year, behind only the mammoth 461 foot shot off the bat of Carlos Gonzalez in week one. The first home run in the video above is the 440 footer in question.

Milestone home run of the week: Troy Tulowitzki’s 100th home run at Coors Field

One of the greatest players in franchise history became just the fifth Rockie to hit 100 or more home runs at Coors Field, joining Todd Helton, Larry Walker, Vinny Castilla, and Dante Bichette. Congrats on your first hundred Tulo, here’s to 100 more. No embeddable video for this one, but you can watch Tulo’s homer here.

Rockies pitcher of the week: Jordan Lyles – 1 start, 6 2/3 IP, 6 H, ER, 2 BB, 4 K, W

So far on the young season, Jordan Lyles has been the best starting pitcher for the Rockies. It shows here, as he will be pitcher of the week for the second time already thanks to his outstanding performance against the Padres this week. More performances like this one could really give the Rockies rotation a boost. Here’s a look at his quality start:

That’ll do it for week three in review. Don’t forget to take a look ahead to week four of the regular season and be sure to subscribe, like View from the Rooftop on Facebook, and follow on Twitter.

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