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.

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