Colorado Rockies Week Eight Preview: May 25-31

Lots of handshakes for the Colorado Rockies this week, please. Photo credit: Doug Pensinger - Getty Images North America
Lots of handshakes for the Colorado Rockies this week, please.
Photo credit: Doug Pensinger – Getty Images North America

The Colorado Rockies will hit the road this week for six games outside the division. After an abysmal 21-60 record on the road in 2014, the Rockies are off to a much better start in 2015. Their 9-12 record would equate to a 36-46 record on the road over a full season. Definitely not great, but certainly a significant improvement from where they were a year ago. In a bit of a schedule quirk, four out of the six games this week are day games as well. Here’s a look ahead at week eight.

Season record: 17-25 (5th in NL West, 8½ GB of LAD)

Number of games this week: Six (3 at Cincinnati Reds, 3 at Philadelphia Phillies)

Season record of this week’s opponents:
Cincinnati Reds: 18-25 (4th in NL Central, 9½ GB)
Philadelphia Phillies: 19-27 (4th in NL East, 8 GB)

Daily opponent and projected pitching match-up:

Monday, May 25 – Colorado Rockies at Cincinnati Reds (11:10 AM MDT)
Eddie Butler (2-5, 4.38 ERA) vs. Jason Marquis (3-4, 6.91 ERA)

Tuesday, May 26 – Colorado Rockies at Cincinnati Reds (5:10 PM MDT)
Jorge De La Rosa (1-2, 6.51 ERA) vs. Michael Lorenzen (1-1, 3.79 ERA)

Wednesday, May 27 – Colorado Rockies at Cincinnati Reds (10:35 AM MDT)
Kyle Kendrick (1-6, 6.58 ERA) vs. Mike Leake (2-3, 4.14 ERA)

Thursday, May 28 – Day off

Friday, May 29 – Colorado Rockies at Philadelphia Phillies (5:05 PM MDT)
Jordan Lyles (2-5, 5.10 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels (5-3, 2.98 ERA)

Saturday, May 30 – Colorado Rockies at Philadelphia Phillies (1:05 PM MDT)
Chad Bettis (1-0, 4.19 ERA) vs. Aaron Harang (4-4, 1.93 ERA)

Sunday, May 31 – Colorado Rockies at Philadelphia Phillies (11:35 AM MDT)
Eddie Butler (2-5, 4.38 ERA) vs. Severino Gonzalez (2-1, 7.11 ERA)

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Colorado Rockies Week Seven Review: May 18-24

 Chad Bettis had a great week on the hill for the Colorado Rockies. Photo credit: Doug Pensinger - Getty Images North America
Chad Bettis had a great week on the hill for the Colorado Rockies.
Photo credit: Doug Pensinger – Getty Images North America

The Colorado Rockies are slowly but surely improving each week. After getting a few wins last week, the club went .500 this week as they look to right the ship and climb back toward .500 for the weekend. Here’s more from week seven.

Record this week: 4-4
Season record: 17-25 (5th in NL West, 8 ½ GB of LAD)

Monday, May 18 – Philadelphia Phillies (4) at Colorado Rockies (3)
W – Hamels (4-3) L – Lyles (2-4) S – Papelbon (10)
Players of the game:
DJ LeMahieu – 2 for 4, 3B, RBI
Carlos Gonzalez – 2 for 4, RBI
Wilin Rosario – 2 for 4

Tuesday, May 19 – Philadelphia Phillies (5) at Colorado Rockies (6)
W – Oberg (2-1) L – De Fratus (0-1) S – Axford (5)
HR: Hundley (3)
Players of the game:
Nick Hundley – 2 for 4, HR, 2 RBI
Troy Tulowitzki – 1 for 3, 2B, BB, 2 RBI
Chad Bettis – 6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 5 K

Wednesday, May 20 – Philadelphia Phillies (4) at Colorado Rockies (2)
W – Gonzalez (2-1) L – Butler (2-5) S – Papelbon (11)
Players of the game:
Wilin Rosario – 2 for 4, 2B
Christian Friedrich – 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, K
Ken Roberts – 2 IP, H, 0 R

Thursday, May 21 – Philadelphia Phillies (3) at Colorado Rockies (7)
W – Bergman (2-0) L – Williams (3-4)
HR: McKenry (1)
Players of the game:
Brandon Barnes – 4 for 4, 2B, RBI
Michael McKenry – 1 for 2, HR, 3 BB, 2 RBI
Ben Paulsen – 2 for 5

The Philadelphia Phillies weren’t expected to contend at all in 2015, but they actually entered their four-game series with the Rockies as winners of five straight. It was a back and forth series as the clubs traded wins on their way to a series split. The early unfortunate weather trend unfortunately continued in this one, as game two had a delayed start and game three was played in rainy, cold conditions. More bad news for the Rockies was the loss of Corey Dickerson to the 15-day disabled list with the plantar fasciitis that has been bothering him all season. It isn’t typically an injury that can heal in just 15 days, meaning that Dickerson will probably either spend quite a while on the DL or is just hoping that a few weeks off will make the injury more manageable, rather than healing it completely. The team also learned that first baseman Justin Morneau is still feeling concussion symptoms and will need more time on the disabled list as well. Given Morneau’s concussion history, this is even more concerning for him than it would be for most players. Hopefully Morneau will be able to return to the field, and more importantly to feeling healthy, sooner rather than later.

On the bright side, there were some positives in the series for the Rockies as well. Troy Tulowitzki was able to return after feeling tightness in his quad last week, starting pitcher Chad Bettis had a quality start, and both Brandon Barnes and Ben Paulsen got off to strong starts after being recalled from triple-A Albuquerque. Barnes and Paulsen were catalysts for an offense that finally started to show some signs of life.

Friday, May 22 – San Francisco Giants (11) at Colorado Rockies (8)
W – Vogelsong (3-2) L – Kendrick (1-6) S – Casilla (11)
HR: LeMahieu (2)
Players of the game:
DJ LeMahieu – 2 for 4, HR, 3 RBI
Wilin Rosario – 3 for 5, 2B, RBI
Ben Paulsen – 1 for 3, 2B, 2 BB, RBI

Saturday, May 23 – San Francisco Giants (10) vs. Colorado Rockies (8)
W – Heston (4-3) L – Lyles (2-5) S – Casilla (12)
HR: Paulsen (1), Hundley (4), Blackmon (6)
Players of the game:
Ben Paulsen – 2 for 4, HR, RBI
Charlie Blackmon – 2 for 5, HR, 2 RBI
DJ LeMahieu – 2 for 4, RBI

Saturday, May 23 – San Francisco Giants (3) vs. Colorado Rockies (5)
W – Hale (1-0) L – Petit (1-1) S – Axford (6)
HR: Descalso (2)
Players of the game:
Daniel Descalso – 1 for 3, HR, 3 RBI
Brandon Barnes – 2 for 4, 2B, RBI
David Hale – 6 2/3 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2 K

Sunday, May 24 – San Francisco Giants (2) vs. Colorado Rockies (11)
W – Bettis (1-0) L – Hudson (2-4)
HR: Arenado (8)
Players of the game:
Nolan Arenado – 4 for 5, 3B, HR, 4 RBI
Chad Bettis – 8 1/3 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
Nick Hundley – 2 for 3, 2B, BB, 2 RBI

In their second series of the week, the Rockies got another hot team as the San Francisco Giants came in the winners of six straight. Despite scoring eight runs in each of the first two games of the series, the pitching for the Rockies let them down as they lost both games. The final two games, on the other hand, were much better. In game three, they got a clutch home run from Daniel Descalso and a strong start from starting pitcher David Hale in his first appearance as a Rockie on their way to snapping the Giants win streak.

The series finale was even better. Starter Chad Bettis had the best start of his major league career, taking a shutout into the ninth inning and earning his first win of the season. On top of that, third baseman Nolan Arenado drove in four runs and finished just a double short of the cycle in the fifth four hit game of his career. The win gave the Rockies a .500 homestand and, hopefully, some momentum to take out on the road with them next week.

Even though it wasn’t great, it was the best week the Rockies have had in a while. That gave the team some very good options for player and pitcher of the week. Let’s take a look at who brought it home. Be sure to check out the season leaderboards on the right side of the screen as well!

Rockies position player of the week: DJ LeMahieu – 27 PA, .400/.444/.600, 3B, HR, 8 runs, 5 RBI, SB, 173 wRC+

There were lots of Rockies players who were good offensively this week, but nobody else did it in as much playing time as LeMahieu. It’s the second time this season that LeMahieu has been player of the week, joining Corey Dickerson as the only players to do it more than once. Here’s a look at his biggest swing of the week, a three-run home run that came against the Giants:

Longest Rockies home run of the week: Ben Paulsen – 427 feet

Paulsen’s first home run of the season was also the longest home run hit by a Rockie this week. The shot gave the club an early 1-0 lead in game one of their Saturday doubleheader against the Giants, a game they would ultimately lose 10-8. Take a look at Paulsen’s home run here.

Rockies pitcher of the week: Chad Bettis – 2 starts, 14 1/3 IP, 14 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 12 K, 3.14 ERA

Bettis had an outstanding week on the rubber, turning in two quality starts as well as what was arguably the best start from a Rockies pitcher all season. On Sunday afternoon against the Giants, Bettis took a two-hit shutout into the ninth inning and hadn’t allowed a runner to reach second base. He hit some fatigue in the ninth, making his final line look less impressive than it really was. Nonetheless, it was still more than enough to earn him pitcher of the week for the first time in 2015. Take a look at his first quality start of the week:

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Colorado Rockies Week Seven Preview: May 18-24

The Colorado Rockies hope to get Corey Dickerson back this week. Photo Credit: Lisa Blumenfield - Getty Images North America
The Colorado Rockies hope to get Corey Dickerson back this week.
Photo Credit: Lisa Blumenfield – Getty Images North America

With eight games on the schedule, this is a big week for the Colorado Rockies. Theoretically, they could be as good as 21-21 or as bad as 13-29 at the end of the week. Hopefully it’s closer to that first one. The good news is that all eight games are at home, which should provide the Rockies with a good opportunity to make up ground. Without further ado, here’s what’s coming up in week seven.

Season record: 13-21 (5th in NL West, 9 ½ GB of LAD)

Number of games this week: Eight (4 vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 4 vs. San Francisco Giants)

Season record of this week’s opponents:
Philadelphia Phillies: 16-23 (5th in NL East, 6 ½ GB)
San Francisco Giants: 20-18 (2nd in NL West, 4 ½ GB)

Daily opponent and projected pitching match-up:

Monday, May 18 – Philadelphia Phillies at Colorado Rockies (6:40 PM MDT)
Cole Hamels (3-3, 3.53 ERA) vs. Jordan Lyles (2-3, 4.30 ERA)

Tuesday, May 19 – Philadelphia Phillies at Colorado Rockies (6:40 PM MDT)
Aaron Harang (4-3, 2.03 ERA) vs. Chad Bettis (0-0, 7.20 ERA)

Wednesday, May 20 – Philadelphia Phillies at Colorado Rockies (6:40 PM MDT)
TBA vs. Eddie Butler (2-4, 4.24 ERA)

Thursday, May 21 – Philadelphia Phillies at Colorado Rockies (1:10 PM MDT)
Jerome Williams (3-3, 5.02 ERA) vs. Jorge De La Rosa (1-2, 6.56 ERA)

Friday, May 22 – San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies (6:10 PM MDT)
Ryan Vogelsong (2-2, 5.31 ERA) vs. Kyle Kendrick (1-5, 6.70 ERA)

Saturday, May 23 – San Francisco Giants vs. Colorado Rockies (2:10 PM MDT)
Chris Heston (3-3, 3.72 ERA) vs. Jordan Lyles (2-3, 4.30 ERA)

Saturday, May 23 – San Francisco Giants vs. Colorado Rockies (7:10 PM MDT)
TBA vs. TBA

Sunday, May 24 – San Francisco Giants vs. Colorado Rockies (2:10 PM MDT)
Tim Hudson (1-3, 4.57 ERA) vs. Chad Bettis (0-0, 7.20 ERA)

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Colorado Rockies Week Six Review: May 11-17

Lots of injuries for the team, but Daniel Descalso had a great week filling in for the Colorado Rockies. Photo Credit: Victor Decolongon - Getty Images North America
Lots of injuries for the team, but Daniel Descalso had a great week filling in for the Colorado Rockies.
Photo Credit: Victor Decolongon – Getty Images North America

Week six was another fairly rough week for the Colorado Rockies. On the bright side, it was better than the last two weeks and ended with the Rockies playing a few solid games on the road in Los Angeles. On the not so bright side, the team also lost several key players to injury. Here’s more from week six.

Record this week: 2-4
Season record: 13-21 (5th in NL West, 9½ GB of LAD)

Monday, May 11 – Day off

Tuesday, May 12 – Colorado Rockies (2) at Los Angeles Angels (5)
W – Wilson (2-2) L – Betancourt (0-1) S – Street (11)
Players of the game:
Corey Dickerson – 2 for 3, 2B, RBI
Justin Morneau – 2 for 4, 2B
Kyle Kendrick – 7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 5 K

Wednesday, May 13 – Colorado Rockies (1) at Los Angeles Angels (2)
W – Ramos (2-0) L – Friedrich (0-1) F/11
Players of the game:
Nolan Arenado – 2 for 5, 2B
Troy Tulowitzki – 2 for 5
Christian Bergman – 5 1/3 IP, 3 H, ER, 4 K

A quick two game series against the Los Angeles Angels ended up being more of the same for the Rockies, though they did lose both games in different ways than they had lost most of them before. In the first game, the Rockies got a strong performance from Kyle Kendrick before typically-reliable setup man Rafael Betancourt allowed three runs in the eighth inning to take the loss. In game two, starting pitcher Jordan Lyles was forced to leave the game at the end of the first inning after being hit in the hand by a line drive off the bat of Albert Pujols. Initial X-rays showed no fractures, but Lyles’ status for his next start is still up in the air. The Rockies would eventually lose the game in 11 innings, thanks in large part to two outstanding defensive plays by reigning AL MVP Mike Trout. The two losses in the series stretched the losing streak for the Rockies to 11 games and with four games against the juggernaut Los Angeles Dodgers looming; there was no end in sight.

Thursday, May 14 – Colorado Rockies (5) at Los Angeles Dodgers (4)
W – Betancourt (1-1) L – Garcia (2-1) S – Axford (4)
HR: Rosario (2), Gonzalez (3)
Players of the game:
Carlos Gonzalez – 1 for 3, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB
Wilin Rosario – 2 for 4, HR, 2 RBI
John Axford – IP, 0 R, BB, K, S

Friday, May 15 – Colorado Rockies (4) at Los Angeles Dodgers (6)
W – Kershaw (2-2) L – Butler (2-4) S – Nicasio (1)
Players of the game:
Daniel Descalso – 2 for 3, 2B, 3 RBI
Charlie Blackmon – 3 for 5
DJ LeMahieu – 1 for 3, RBI, BB

Saturday, May 16 – Colorado Rockies (7) at Los Angeles Dodgers (1)
W – De La Rosa (1-2) L – Greinke (5-1)
HR: Gonzalez (4), Descalso (1), Arenado (7)
Players of the game:
Jorge De La Rosa – 7 1/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 K
Carlos Gonzalez – 2 for 5, HR, RBI
Daniel Descalso – 2 for 4, HR, 2 RBI

Sunday, May 17 – Colorado Rockies (0) at Los Angeles Dodgers (1)
W – Bolsinger (2-0) L – Kendrick (1-5) S – Jansen (1)
Players of the game:
Kyle Kendrick – 7 IP, 3 H, ER, 5 BB, K
Daniel Descalso – 2 for 3
Nick Hundley – 1 for 2, BB

The series against the Los Angeles Dodgers was full of ups and downs. It started out great, with the struggling Carlos Gonzalez hitting a huge three-run home run late in game one to give the Rockies the lead in what would ultimately end their 11 game losing streak. There were several more positive signs in the series for the Rockies as well. Carlos Gonzalez hit another home run and looks to finally be coming out of his season-long slump, Jorge De La Rosa and Kyle Kendrick each had great pitching performances, going at least seven innings apiece and giving the bullpen some much needed rest, and Daniel Descalso’s bat came alive after a very rough start to the year.

Of course, there were bad things as well. As a team, they struck out a whopping 54 times in the series to just nine walks as they continue to struggle with plate discipline. They are now last in the NL in walk rate and 13th in strikeout rate. The pitching staff had just the opposite problem, walking 18 Dodgers and striking out just 20. They now sit last in the NL in walk rate and are 14th in strikeout rate. Both units will struggle to sustain any kind of long-term success with numbers like that and it’s something GM Jeff Bridich should certainly take note of as he shapes the team moving forward.

Then there were the injuries. The most notable was to all-star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki who went down with a tight quad and is currently listed as day-to-day. Tulowitzki went through agility drills on the field before Sunday’s game and was supposedly available to pinch hit, though he never did. Reports are that his quad feels good, but with his injury history (this is the same quad that he tore in 2008), it’s tough not to be concerned.

In other injury news, Jorge De La Rosa aggravated the groin injury that forced him to start the season on the disabled list. The injury isn’t as bad as the initial one, but his next start is still in question. Outfielder Corey Dickerson also had a flare up of the plantar fasciitis that has been bothering him since spring training. The Rockies are kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place here, since the injury is one that won’t heal without a long period of rest, but it’s also one that won’t always prevent Dickerson from playing. Putting him on the DL is a possibility at the moment, but I don’t really consider it to be likely given that both he and the team know that it probably won’t help. It’s more likely to be something that he will just have to deal with for now before letting it fully heal after the season. Rounding out the injuries for the week, first baseman Justin Morneau was placed on the 7-day concussion DL and relief pitcher Brooks Brown was placed on the 15-day DL with shoulder inflammation.

There’s what happened for the Rockies as a team last week, now let’s take a look at the best individual performances of the week. Don’t forget, there is a running leaderboard of the Rockies players and pitchers of the week as well as the five longest Rockies home runs of the right hand side of the screen.

Rockies position player of the week: Daniel Descalso – 12 PA, .500/.500/.833, 2B, HR, 5 RBI, SB, 251 wRC+

It wasn’t a great week for the regulars, so player of the week goes to Daniel Descalso who was outstanding in his 12 PA in place of the injured Troy Tulowitzki. His wRC+ for the season still sits at a meager 32, but hopefully this week was a sign of good things to come. Check out his first home run in a Rockies uniform on Saturday night against the Dodgers.

Longest Rockies home run of the week: Carlos Gonzalez – 436 feet
Unlike last week’s longest home run that was essentially meaningless, CarGo’s 436 foot blast this week came in a critical moment. Gonzalez took Dodgers reliever Yimi Garcia deep with two on and two out in the ninth and put the Rockies ahead, 5-4, in a game that would snap the club’s horrific 11-game losing streak. Check out his home run here:

Rockies pitcher of the week: Kyle Kendrick – 2 starts, 14 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 6 K, 1.93 ERA

Kendrick got back on track this week, giving the Rockies two strong starts and doing exactly what the club was hoping he would do. His K/BB ratio left something to be desired and his season ERA still sits at an unsightly 6.70, but this week was definitely a step in the right direction. Take a look at his first quality start of the week against the Angels:

That’ll do it for week six of the regular season. Next week is a big one with eight games on the schedule, so be sure to check out the week seven preview! Also, don’t forget to subscribe, like View from the Rooftop on Facebook, and follow on Twitter.

Colorado Rockies Week Six Preview: May 11-17

Prepare for a double dose of Kyle Kendrick this week! Photo Credit: Denis Poroy - Getty Images North America
Prepare for a double dose of Kyle Kendrick this week!
Photo Credit: Denis Poroy – Getty Images North America

Baseball can be a bummer sometimes. That has certainly been the case for the Colorado Rockies lately, who have not won a game since two weeks ago on April 27th. They’ll spend this week in Los Angeles, a place that has been their own personal house of horrors. If you couple that with two starts from Kyle Kendrick and his 8.73 ERA, it becomes pretty difficult to have any confidence in the coming week. On the bright side, baseball is weird, so anything could happen, no matter how unexpected. Can they please at least win one game? Here’s a look ahead to week six.

Season record: 11-17 (5th in NL West, 8 GB of LAD)
Number of games this week: Six (2 at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 4 at Los Angeles Dodgers)

Season record of this week’s opponents:
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: 15-17 (2nd in AL West, 5 GB)
Los Angeles Dodgers: 20-10 (1st in NL West)

Daily opponent and projected pitching match-up:

Monday, May 11 – Day off

Tuesday, May 12 – Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Angels (8:05 PM MDT)
Kyle Kendrick (1-4, 8.73 ERA) vs. C.J. Wilson (1-2, 2.70 ERA)

Wednesday, May 13 – Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Angels (8:05 PM MDT)
Jordan Lyles (2-3, 4.42 ERA) vs. Hector Santiago (2-2, 2.57 ERA)

Thursday, May 14 – Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers (8:10 PM MDT)
Eddie Butler (2-3, 3.73 ERA) vs. TBA

Friday, May 15 – Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers (8:10 PM MDT)
Jorge De La Rosa (0-2, 9.56 ERA) vs. Clayton Kershaw (1-2, 4.26 ERA)

Saturday, May 16 – Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers (7:10 PM MDT)
TBA vs. Zack Greinke (5-0, 1.56 ERA)

Sunday, May 17 – Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers (2:10 PM MDT)
Kyle Kendrick (1-4, 8.73 ERA) vs. Carlos Frias (3-0, 2.13 ERA)

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Colorado Rockies Week Five Review: May 4-10

It was a rainy, depressing week at Coors Field. Photo Credit: John Leyba - The Denver Post
It was a rainy, depressing week at Coors Field.
Photo Credit: John Leyba – The Denver Post

After a tough week in week four, it seemed as if there was nowhere to go but up for the Colorado Rockies. Unfortunately, that was not the case. After another abysmal week that saw the team go winless and stretch their season-worst losing streak to nine games, everyone in the clubhouse is left searching for answers.

Record this week: 0-4
Season record: 11-17 (5th in NL West, 8 GB of LAD)

Monday, May 4 – Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies – Postponed

Tuesday, May 5 – Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies – Postponed

Wednesday, May 6, Game 1 – Arizona Diamondbacks (13) at Colorado Rockies (7)
W – Collmenter (3-3) L – Matzek (2-1)
HR: Morneau (3), Hundley (2), Stubbs (2)
Players of the game:
Justin Morneau – 3 for 5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI
Nick Hundley – 2 for 3, 2B, HR, 3 RBI
Drew Stubbs – 1 for 1, HR, 2 RBI

Wednesday, May 6, Game 2 – Arizona Diamondbacks (5) at Colorado Rockies (1)
W – Ray (1-0) L – Lyles (2-3)
Players of the game:
Troy Tulowitzki – 2 for 4
Michael McKenry – 1 for 3, 2B, RBI
Justin Morneau – 1 for 4, 2B

A very rainy/snowy week in Denver started off with the Rockies trying and failing to play the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday and Tuesday night. Monday’s game has yet to officially be rescheduled, though early September looks like it might be a good fit to get the game in. Tuesday night’s game was made up as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday. The doubleheader was one that the Rockies would like to forget. They weren’t competitive in either game, falling behind 9-0 early in game one and failing to get anything going offensively in game two against Diamondbacks pitcher Robbie Ray, owner of an 8.16 career ERA coming into the game. With more rain and snow in the forecast and a series against the powerhouse Los Angeles Dodgers up next, things didn’t appear to be on the verge of getting any better for the Rockies.

Thursday, May 7 – Day off

Friday, May 8 – Los Angeles Dodgers (2) at Colorado Rockies (1)
W – Anderson (2-1) L – Butler (2-3) F/5
Players of the game:
Troy Tulowitzki – 2 for 2, 2B
Corey Dickerson – 2 for 3
Nolan Arenado – 1 for 2

Saturday, May 9 – Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado Rockies – Postponed

Sunday, May 10 – Los Angeles Dodgers (9) at Colorado Rockies (5)
W – Baez (1-0) L – Oberg (1-1)
Players of the game:
Wilin Rosario – 2 for 3, RBI
Rafael Ynoa – 2 for 3, RBI
Nick Hundley – 1 for 4, RBI

With the weather being more or less the same as it was earlier in the week, the series with the Dodgers was also shortened by rain. The first game of the series was a 2-1 loss that lasted just five innings before the rains came and was perhaps the most frustrating loss of the losing streak for the Rockies.

With sheets of rain coming down in the fifth inning, the Rockies trailed by a run in what looked to be their last shot to tie the game up before a rain delay. It started when manager Walt Weiss inexplicably kept lefty-killer Wilin Rosario on the bench and instead allowed starting pitcher Eddie Butler to hit against left-handed Brett Anderson, even though it was clear that the game was about to be stopped and Butler’s day would be done. He would ground out weakly to second base. Then, after Charlie Blackmon walked and stole second with two outs, Corey Dickerson hit an infield single up the middle while Blackmon attempted to score from second. The throw beat Blackmon to the plate, but he appeared to slide in safely under the tag. Still, home plate umpire Tim Timmons called Blackmon out. Weiss challenged the call, but despite several replay angles showing Blackmon getting his foot in before the tag, the out call was upheld and the inning was over. The Rockies wouldn’t get another chance to hit in the game.

After the second game of the series was postponed, this time due to a mix of rain and snow, the loss in game three was frustrating in its own way. The offense scored five runs against reigning NL MVP and Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw, but the Rockies pitching staff would continue to show a troubling lack of command, walking 10 Dodgers en route to allowing nine more runs while increasing their league-worst BB/9 to 4.03 and their league-worst ERA- to 121.

It was not a fun week, but just like last week I’ll do my best to at least find some sort of positives that came from it. Here are the players of the week.

Rockies position player of the week: Nick Hundley – 10 PA, .444/.400/.889, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 212 wRC+
In case you needed any further evidence that getting games in was tough this week, Nick Hundley is the player of the week despite having just 10 PA. With a 130 wRC+ on the season so far, Hundley has been the best hitter on the team in the first five weeks. Take a look at his home run on Wednesday afternoon against the Diamondbacks:

Longest Rockies home run of the week: Drew Stubbs – 435 feet
Within the context of the game, this home run was about as meaningless as a home run can be. It cut the Rockies’ deficit from 12-3 to 12-5 in the eighth inning against the Diamondbacks. For Stubbs though, it had to feel good to do something positive after what has been the roughest start to a season in his career. Plus, long home runs are fun to watch. This one is the third longest hit by a Rockie so far this year. Enjoy!

Rockies pitcher of the week: Jordan Lyles – 1 start, 7 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, BB, 6 K
I know, I know. Those numbers aren’t even very good. I was really close to not awarding a pitcher of the week at all this week, but I decided that Lyles did just enough good things to deserve it. For starters, four runs in seven innings at Coors Field isn’t THAT bad, and even going seven innings at all has been a feat for Rockies starters so far this season. In addition to that, Lyles was one misplayed ball by Charlie Blackmon away from allowing one run in seven innings, and then we’re looking at a really good outing. He also had a strong K/BB ratio, something we haven’t seen much of from Rockies starters this season. For that, he gets pitcher of the week for the third time this season. Unfortunately, no video from his start is available.

That about does it for week five and I can’t say I’m upset about putting that week in the rear view mirror. Here’s hoping for some better things next week, maybe even a win or two! Be sure to take a look ahead at week six (it has to get better at some point, doesn’t it?) and don’t forget to subscribe, like View from the Rooftop on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

Colorado Rockies Week Five Preview: May 4-10

The Colorado Rockies are looking to get back on track after a rough fourth week of the season. Photo Credit: Denis Poroy – Getty Images North America

Last week was not a good one for the Colorado Rockies. In week five, the Rockies will return home to Coors Field for more divisional games against the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers. To be successful, they’ll need to have improved performances from the starting pitching. Hopefully that’s something we’ll see from the club so they can return to their winning ways from early in the season.

Season record: 11-13 (4th in the NL West, 5 GB of LAD)
Number of games this week: Six (3 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 3 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers)

Season record of this week’s opponents:
Arizona Diamondbacks: 10-14 (5th in NL West, 6 GB)
Los Angeles Dodgers: 16-8 (1st in NL West)

Daily opponent and projected pitching match-up:

Monday, May 4 – Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies (6:40 PM MDT)
Josh Collmenter (2-3, 2.76 ERA) vs. Tyler Matzek (2-0, 2.70 ERA)

Tuesday, May 5 – Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies (6:40 PM MDT)
Robbie Ray (1-3, 4.01 ERA in AAA) vs. Jordan Lyles (2-2, 4.25 ERA)

Wednesday, May 6 – Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies (1:10 PM MDT)
Rubby De La Rosa (2-2, 5.40 ERA) vs. Eddie Butler (2-2, 3.81 ERA)

Thursday, May 7 – Day off

Friday, May 8 – Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado Rockies (6:40 PM MDT)
Brett Anderson (1-1, 4.21 ERA) vs. Jorge De La Rosa (0-2, 9.00 ERA)

Saturday, May 9 – Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado Rockies (6:10 PM MDT)
Clayton Kershaw (1-2, 3.73 ERA) vs. Kyle Kendrick (1-4, 8.73 ERA)

Sunday, May 10 – Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado Rockies (2:10 PM MDT)
Zack Greinke (4-0, 1.93 ERA) vs. Tyler Matzek (2-0, 2.70 ERA)

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