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:

That’s all for week seven. Be sure to subscribe, like View from the Rooftop on Facebookfollow on Twitterdon’t forget to take a look ahead at week eight of the regular season here at View from the Rooftop.

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