Colorado Rockies Week Four Review: April 27-May 3

Charlie Blackmon had a great week for the Colorado Rockies. Unfortunately, he was just about the only one. Photo Credit: Denis Poroy – Getty Images North America

Well, that wasn’t any fun. The fourth week of the regular season saw the Colorado Rockies go 1-5 while being outscored 51-22. The pitching was bad, the hitting was bad, the defense was bad, even the coaching was bad. The bad week dropped the club to 11-13 on the season and their run differential of -32 is the third worst mark in the National League. For those of you willing to relive the pain, here’s a look back of the season’s fourth week.

Week Record: 1-5
Season Record: 11-13 (4th in NL West, 5 GB of LAD)

Monday, April 27 – Colorado Rockies (5) at Arizona Diamondbacks (4)
W – Matzek (2-0)    L – Anderson (0-1)  S – Axford (3)
HR: Morneau (2)
Players of the game:
Justin Morneau – 2 for 3, HR, BB, 3 RBI
Corey Dickerson – 3 for 5, RBI
Troy Tulowitzki – 1 for 3, 2B, BB

Tuesday, April 28 – Colorado Rockies (5) at Arizona Diamondbacks (12)
W – Chafin (1-0)      L – Kendrick (1-3)
Players of the game:
Charlie Blackmon – 3 for 5, 2B, 2 RBI
Justin Morneau – 3 for 5, 2B, RBI
DJ LeMahieu – 1 for 4, RBI

Wednesday, April 29 – Colorado Rockies (1) at Arizona Diamondbacks (9)
W – Collmenter (2-3)         L – Lyles (2-2)
Players of the game:
Troy Tulowitzki – 2 for 4, 2B
Nolan Arenado – 1 for 3, RBI
Scott Oberg – 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 K

The Rockies actually got off to a good start in week four, winning a 5-4 game over the Diamondbacks behind a three-run Justin Morneau home run. Okay, that wraps up the good things that happened for the Rockies this week! The final two games of the series were both complete disasters. They were outscored by a combined 16 runs in the two games while starting pitchers Kyle Kendrick and Jordan Lyles combined to allow 15 runs (14 earned) on 18 hits in just 9 1/3 innings of work. They also walked six and struck out only one hitter between them. It was not a good week for Rockies pitchers.

Thursday, April 30 – Day off

Friday, May 1 – Colorado Rockies (3) at San Diego Padres (14)
W – Kennedy (1-1)   L – Butler (2-2)
HR – Stubbs (1), Arenado (4)
Players of the game:
Nolan Arenado – 2 for 3, HR, RBI
Drew Stubbs – 1 for 4, HR, RBI
DJ LeMahieu – 2 for 3, 2B, BB

Saturday, May 2 – Colorado Rockies (2) at San Diego Padres (4)
W – Morrow (2-0)   L – De La Rosa (0-2)           S – Kimbrel (7)
HR – Blackmon (3)
Players of the game:
Charlie Blackmon – 2 for 4, HR, RBI
Troy Tulowitzki – 2 for 4, 2B
Nick Hundley – 2 for 4

Sunday, May 3 – Colorado Rockies (6) at San Diego Padres (8)
W – Shields (3-0)    L – Kendrick (1-4)   S – Kimbrel (8)
HR – Blackmon 2 (5), Arenado 2 (6)
Players of the game:
Nolan Arenado – 3 for 5, 2 HR, 3 RBI
Charlie Blackmon – 3 for 5, 2 HR, 2 RBI
Michael McKenry – 1 for 3, 2B, RBI

Unfortunately, things didn’t get any better in the second series of the week, this one against the Padres. They were swept out of town and saw arguably the worst pitching performance of the young season in game one when Jorge Rondon allowed eight runs (seven earned) without retiring a single hitter. He was designated for assignment the next day. The Rockies also committed five errors in the series, nearly half as many as they had committed the entire season (12) leading up to the series. In game three, starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick allowed six more earned runs in just five innings of work, raising his season ERA to an almost impossibly bad 8.73. In the five starts he’s made since his miraculous seven shutout innings on opening day, Kendrick’s ERA sits at 11.08. I don’t think he has been having very much fun on the mound.

Despite how poorly the Rockies performed as a team this week, there were still a few players who turned in great individual performances. Let’s take a look at the players of the week as we try to find something positive that came out of all this.

Rockies position player of the week: Charlie Blackmon – 23 PA, .435/.435/.913, 2 2B, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 261 wRC+

It was a great week for Chuck Nazty as he earns player of the week for the first time this year. He really came on in the last two days of the week, going five for nine with three home runs in the week’s final two games, unfortunately both losses. Here is the video of his two homer game on Sunday afternoon.

Longest Rockies home run of the week: Charlie Blackmon – 415 feet

Any home run at Petco Park is an accomplishment and this one is no exception. Blackmon hits it out to dead center and, at least temporarily, puts the Rockies in the lead with this solo shot. You can see the video of Charlie’s home run here.

Rockies pitcher of the week: Scott Oberg – 3 appearances, 3 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 5 K

This was a tough week for Rockies pitchers. No starter lasted more than five innings in a game, and the lack of winning, or even competitive games, limited the number of appearances for some of the Rockies top bullpen arms like John Axford and Rafael Betancourt. That leaves pitcher of the week honors to Scott Oberg, who threw 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, albeit in mostly mop up work. Oberg allowed just two hits, struck out five, and didn’t walk a batter. It was good to see him get on the right track after a rough start to his big league career. Unfortunately, there is no video of his pitching from this week available.

That’s it for week four in review. Kudos to you if you suffered through that week AND made it to the end of this article. Don’t forget to take a look ahead to what will hopefully be a better week five and be sure to subscribe, like View from the Rooftop on Facebook, and follow on Twitter.

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