Colorado Rockies Week 13 Preview: June 29-July 5

War of the Roses Part II this week! Photo Credit Doug Pensinger - Getty Images North America
War of the Roses Part II this week!
Photo Credit Doug Pensinger – Getty Images North America

So far in 2015, the Rockies have been a semi-respectable 16-20 away from Coors Field. That puts them on pace for a 36-45 record on the road. Not great, but far better than the 21-60 mark they put up in 2014. With seven more games on the road coming here in week 13, we’ll likely learn a lot more about whether their improved performance on the road is real or a mirage. Here’s a look ahead to week 13 of the regular season.

Season record: 33-42 (5th in NL West, 9 GB of LAD)
Number of games this week: Seven (3 at Oakland Athletics, 4 at Arizona Diamondbacks)

Season record of this week’s opponents:
Oakland Athletics – 34-44 (5th in AL West)
Arizona Diamondbacks – 36-39 (3rd in NL West)

Daily opponent and projected pitching match-up:

Monday, June 29 – Colorado Rockies at Oakland Athletics (8:05 PM MDT)
David Hale (2-2, 5.86 ERA) vs. Kendall Graveman (4-4, 3.86 ERA)

Tuesday, June 30 – Colorado Rockies at Oakland Athletics (8:05 PM MDT)
Jorge De La Rosa (4-3, 5.15 ERA) vs. Sonny Gray (9-3, 2.09 ERA)

Wednesday, July 1 – Colorado Rockies at Oakland Athletics (1:35 PM MDT)
Chad Bettis (4-2, 3.56 ERA) vs. Jesse Hahn (5-6, 3.47 ERA)

Thursday, July 2 – Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks (7:40 PM MDT)
Chris Rusin (3-2, 4.69 ERA) vs. Jeremy Hellickson (5-5, 5.38 ERA)

Friday, July 3 – Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks (7:40 PM MDT)
Kyle Kendrick (3-10, 6.07 ERA) vs. Chase Anderson (3-2, 3.54 ERA)

Saturday, July 4 – Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks (8:10 PM MDT)
David Hale (2-2, 5.86 ERA) vs. Allen Webster (1-1, 6.46 ERA)

Sunday, July 5 – Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks (2:10 PM MDT)
Jorge De La Rosa (4-3, 5.15 ERA) vs. Rubby De La Rosa (6-3, 4.69 ERA)

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Colorado Rockies Week 12 Review: June 22-28

It was all smiles for Nolan Arenado this week. Photo Credit: Lachlan Cunningham - Getty Images North America
It was all smiles for Nolan Arenado this week.
Photo Credit: Lachlan Cunningham – Getty Images North America

Welcome to The Nolan Arenado Show/Colorado Rockies week 12 review. As far as the team is concerned, it was a pretty mediocre week, as they won a series at home and lost a series at home, ultimately resulting in a 3-3 record for the week. It’s really a shame that the team doesn’t have a better record than 33-42, because Arenado would be squarely in the MVP discussion if they did. If Arenado continues the pace he’s on for the rest of the season, he will finish with 52 home runs, 147 RBI, and 32 defensive runs saved. What we’re all watching right now is what happens when a highly touted prospect realizes his full potential. The scary thing (for Rockies opponents, at least) is that the 24-year old Arenado is still young and has room to grow. Let’s take a look at week 12 for Arenado and the Rockies.

Record this week: 3-3
Overall record: 33-42 (5th in NL West, 9 GB of LAD)

Monday, June 22 – Day off

Tuesday, June 23 – Arizona Diamondbacks (5) at Colorado Rockies (10)
W – Kendrick (3-9) L – Anderson (3-2)
HR: Arenado 2 (19), Rosario (5), LeMahieu (4), Barnes (1)
Players of the game:
Nolan Arenado – 2 for 4, 2 HR, 4 RBI
Wilin Rosario – 2 for 3, HR, RBI
Brandon Barnes – 2 for 4, HR, RBI

Wednesday, June 24 – Arizona Diamondbacks (8) at Colorado Rockies (7)
W – Hudson (2-2)   L – Axford (1-1)        S – Ziegler (11)
HR: Hundley (6)
Players of the game:
Nick Hundley – 1 for 3, HR, BB, 2 RBI
Wilin Rosario – 2 for 4, RBI
Charlie Blackmon – 2 for 5

Thursday, June 25 – Arizona Diamondbacks (4) at Colorado Rockies (6)
W – Miller (1-0)       L – Hudson (2-3)     S – Axford (13)
HR: Arenado (20), Tulowitzki (8)
Players of the game:
Wilin Rosario – 3 for 4, RBI
Nolan Arenado – 1 for 3, HR, BB, RBI
Troy Tulowitzki – 1 for 1, HR, BB, RBI

The Rockies got off to a solid start this week as they took two out of three from the Arizona Diamondbacks. They came within three outs of a sweep, but closer John Axford suffered his first blown save of the season in game two of the series, and the club instead had to settle for two of three. There were really no notable pitching performances in the series, but Wilin Rosario and Arenado were able to do the heavy lifting to secure two wins. Rosario went 7-for-11 with a home run and three RBI in the series while Arenado hit three home runs. The rubber game of the series also featured a clutch pinch-hit home run from Troy Tulowitzki, the first pinch-hit home run of his career. The homer tied the game, 2-2, in the eighth inning of an eventual 6-4 Rockies win. Taking the series hopefully gave the Rockies some much needed confidence as they headed to San Francisco for the first three in a 10-game road trip.

Friday, June 26 – Colorado Rockies (8) at San Francisco Giants (6)
W – Bettis (4-2)       L – Hudson (5-7)
HR: Arenado 2 (22)
Players of the game:
Carlos Gonzalez – 5 for 5, 2B, 3B, RBI
Nolan Arenado – 2 for 4, 2 HR, BB, 4 RBI
Ben Paulsen – 3 for 5, 2 RBI

Saturday, June 27 – Colorado Rockies (5) at San Francisco Giants (7)
W – Kontos (2-0)    L – Betancourt (2-3)           S – Casilla (20)
Players of the game:
Wilin Rosario – 2 for 3, RBI
Charlie Blackmon – 1 for 3, 2B, BB, RBI
Nolan Arenado – 1 for 4, 2B, RBI

Sunday, June 28 – Colorado Rockies (3) at San Francisco Giants (6)
W – Bumgarner (8-4)        L – Kendrick (3-10) S – Casilla (21)
HR: Arenado 2 (24)
Players of the game:
Nolan Arenado – 2 for 4, 2 HR, 3 RBI
Wilin Rosario – 2 for 4
DJ LeMahieu – 1 for 2, 2 BB

The Giants series started out on a very positive note for the Rockies. They showed no ill-effects from the Coors Hangover as they scored eight runs thanks to five hits from Carlos Gonzalez and two more Arenado home runs in an 8-6 win. The rest of the series, unfortunately, was not quite as pleasant for Rockies fans. In the second game of the series, the Rockies led 3-0 and 5-3 before eventually losing, 7-5, thanks in large part to three unearned runs and shaky performance from the bullpen as Rafael Betancourt allowed two runs in just a third of an inning. The series finale was Déjà vu all over again as the Rockies jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead on yet another Arenado home run before squandering it in an eventual 6-3 loss.

Starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick allowed five earned runs in five and two thirds innings and served up two more home runs to move his league-leading total to 23. He already has the most games allowing two or more home runs for the Rockies since the installation of the humidor in 2002 with nine, and there is still more than half the season to play! Kendrick now holds a 6.07 ERA on the season and the Rockies are 4-12 in his 16 starts this season. They gave him a $5.5 million contract before the season, but it’s hard not to wonder how much longer the club is willing to watch this kind of performance from him. Even if they aren’t ready to promote top prospect Jon Gray just yet, there are guys like John Lannan in Triple-A who have performed well and are likely to be better than what the Rockies have gotten from Kendrick to this point.

Now it’s time for our weekly look at the Rockies standout performers in the player of the week, pitcher of the week, and longest home run of the week. You can always take a look at a running leaderboard of the player and pitcher of the week, as well as the five longest home runs of the season over on the right-hand side of the screen!

Rockies position player of the week: Nolan Arenado – 25 PA, .391/.440/1.348, 2B, 7 HR, 10 R, 14 RBI, 367 wRC+

If there was ever an easy call for player of the week, this is it. Arenado was absolutely on fire this week as he mashed seven home runs in just six games. His 367 wRC+ over the past seven days is not only the best among Rockies players, it’s the best in the Major Leagues. Take a look at one of his multi-home run games from this week against the Diamondbacks:

Longest Rockies home run of the week: Nolan Arenado – 447 feet

Just one of a whopping seven home runs this week for Arenado, this one was also the third longest home run hit by a Rockies player this season. This one tied up the game at 1-1 in an eventual 6-4 Rockies win. Take a look and enjoy!

Rockies pitcher of the week: Scott Oberg – 3 appearances, 3 IP, 2 H, o R, K, 0.00 ERA

Pitching was, to be kind, not the strong suit of the Rockies this week. There weren’t too many options here, so Scott Oberg wins pitcher of the week for his three scoreless relief appearances. There’s no video of any of them available, but I promise he didn’t give up any runs.

That’ll do it for week 12. The Rockies continue to slowly slide further and further out of the race and the trade deadline is steadily approaching, making it more and more likely that they sell off some pieces as they look to the future. Be sure to look ahead to week 13 and subscribe, like View from the Rooftop on Facebook, and follow on Twitter.

Colorado Rockies Week 12 Preview: June 22-28

Happy Purple Monday! Photo Credit: Doug Pensinger - Getty Images North America
Happy Purple Monday!
Photo Credit: Doug Pensinger – Getty Images North America

As we move into week 12 of the regular season, the whispers about Jon Gray are getting louder and louder. After a very tough April where he posted a 10.70 ERA in four starts, he has been outstanding. In the 10 outings since, Gray has posted a 2.74 ERA, 2.8/1 K/BB ratio, and has averaged over six innings per start. The one worry most people have had about him, a low strikeout rate, have subsided somewhat after his last two starts in which he has struck out 17 hitters. Rockies starting pitchers as a whole have been easily the worst group in the National League this season, so it’s understandable to want to see Gray, who was ranked the 24th best prospect in baseball by Baseball America, 16th by MLB.com, and 13th by Baseball Prospectus. Is this the week that Gray finally makes his debut? Here’s a look ahead to week 12 of the regular season.

Season record: 30-39 (5th in NL West, 8 ½ GB of LAD)
Number of games this week: Six (3 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 3 at San Francisco Giants)

Season record of this week’s opponents:
Arizona Diamondbacks – 34-35 (3rd in NL West)
San Francisco Giants – 38-33 (2nd in NL West)

Daily opponent and projected pitching match-up:

Monday, June 22 – Day off

Tuesday, June 23 – Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies (6:40 PM MDT)
Chase Anderson (3-1, 2.84 ERA) vs. Kyle Kendrick (2-9, 5.95 ERA)

Wednesday, June 24 – Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies (6:40 PM MDT)
Allen Webster (1-1, 6.55 ERA) vs. David Hale (2-2, 5.28 ERA)

Thursday, June 25 – Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies (1:10 PM MDT)
Rubby De La Rosa (6-3, 4.96 ERA) vs. Jorge De La Rosa (4-3, 5.47 ERA)

Friday, June 26 – Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants (8:15 PM MDT)
Chad Bettis (3-2, 3.44 ERA) vs. Tim Hudson (5-6, 4.52 ERA)

Saturday, June 27 – Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants (2:05 PM MDT)
Chris Rusin (3-2, 5.03 ERA) vs. Tim Lincecum (7-4, 3.86 ERA)

Sunday, June 28 – Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants (2:05 PM MDT)
Kyle Kendrick (2-9, 5.95 ERA) vs. Madison Bumgarner (7-4, 3.09 ERA)

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Colorado Rockies Week 11 Review: June 15-21

Even though things haven't gone well for the team, Nolan Arenado sure is fun to watch. Photo Credit: Doug Pensinger - Getty Images North America
Even though things haven’t gone well for the team, Nolan Arenado sure is fun to watch.
Photo Credit: Doug Pensinger – Getty Images North America

The Colorado Rockies spent most of their week at home in week 11 and were hoping to put together some wins and gain ground in the division. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen. On the bright side, they actually didn’t lose any ground on the division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers, either. Here’s a look back at week 11.

Record this week: 2-5
Overall record: 30-39 (5th in NL West, 8 ½ GB of LAD)

Monday, June 15 – Colorado Rockies (3) at Houston Astros (6)
W – Keuchel (8-2) L – Bettis (2-2) S – Gregerson (16)
Players of the game:
Nick Hundley – 2 for 3, 2B, RBI
Christian Friedrich – IP, 0 R, 3 K
Nolan Arenado – 1 for 4, RBI

Tuesday, June 16 – Colorado Rockies (5) at Houston Astros (8)
W – Harris (3-0) L – Rusin (2-2) S – Gregerson (17)
HR: Gonzalez (8)
Players of the game:
Carlos Gonzalez – 1 for 4, HR, 2 RBI
Michael McKenry – 1 for 3, 3B, BB, RBI
Tommy Kahnle – 2 IP, 0 R, BB, 3 K

Wednesday, June 17 – Houston Astros (8) at Colorado Rockies (4)
W – Oberholtzer (2-1) L – Kendrick (2-9)
HR: Gonzalez (9)
Players of the game:
Troy Tulowitzki – 2 for 4, 2B
Nolan Arenado – 2 for 4, 2B, RBI
Carlos Gonzalez – 1 for 3, HR, 2 RBI

Thursday, June 18 – Houston Astros (8) at Colorado Rockies (4)
W – McHugh (7-3) L – Hale (2-2)
HR: Gonzalez (10)
Players of the game:
Carlos Gonzalez – 1 for 4, HR, BB, 3 RBI
Troy Tulowitzki – 2 for 5
LaTroy Hawkins – IP, 0 R, 2 K

Imagine the worst, most boring four-game series you can think of, and that’s pretty much what happened against the Astros if you were a Rockies fan. They were swept, outscored by a total of 30-16, and lost every game by at least three runs. There were no extraordinary performances, no exciting young players to watch, nothing to get you excited about Rockies baseball. The only noteworthy highlights were the three home runs from Carlos Gonzalez, who appears to be rediscovering his power stroke. It was just four run-of-the-mill losses against a team that clearly outclassed them in pretty much every area. The Astros pitched better, they hit better, they ran the bases better, and they were managed better. The only thing to take solace in if you were a Rockies fan was the fact that, just two years ago, the Astros finished 51-111. If the Astros can completely turn it around in only two years, why can’t the Rockies? Needless to say, the Rockies were happy to see the Astros leave town and welcome in the Milwaukee Brewers, who entered the series with a 24-44 record, the second-worst record in the league.

Friday, June 19 – Milwaukee Brewers (9) at Colorado Rockies (5)
W – Jungmann (2-1) L – De La Rosa (4-3)
Players of the game:
Ben Paulsen – 3 for 4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI
Charlie Blackmon – 2 for 4, 2B, 3B, RBI
Nolan Arenado – 2 for 4, 3B, 2 RBI

Saturday, June 20 – Milwaukee Brewers (1) at Colorado Rockies (5)
W – Bettis (3-2) L – Lohse (3-9)
HR: Blackmon (9)
Players of the game:
Charlie Blackmon – 2 for 4, HR, 3 RBI
Chad Bettis – 6 1/3 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Tommy Kahnle – 1 2/3 IP, H, o R

Sunday, June 21 – Milwaukee Brewers (4) at Colorado Rockies (10)
W – Rusin (3-2) L – Garza (4-9)
HR: Arenado (17)
Players of the game:
Nick Hundley – 4 for 4, 2 2B, RBI
Charlie Blackmon – 2 for 4, BB, 4 RBI
Troy Tulowitzki – 2 for 4, 3 RBI

This series was much more fun for the Rockies. After another loss in game one, the club responded with two convincing victories in the final two games of the series. Chad Bettis continued his resurgence with another strong start in game two of the series, and the offense exploded for 10 runs on 15 hits in game three. The series win here coupled with the sweep of the Brewers in Milwaukee over the first three games of the season makes the Rockies 5-1 against the Brewers this season. That’s the good news. The bad news is that they won’t see the Brewers again until 2016 (barring an incredibly unlikely playoff series between the two). However, it was still nice to see the Rockies get a few wins under their belt heading into next week. Hopefully, it will give the team the momentum it needs to put together a nice winning streak and get back into the hunt. Only time will tell.

As always, there were some strong individual performances by the Rockies this week, regardless of the results from the team. It’s time to take a look at the player of the week, pitcher of the week, and longest home run of the week! Remember, there’s a running tally of all three on the right-hand side of your screen.

Rockies position player of the week: Nolan Arenado – 28 PA, .393/.393/.714, 4 2B, 3B, HR, 188 wRC+

Arenado continued his outstanding season this week with six more extra base hits and several more outstanding defensive plays. The third baseman is on pace for 40 home runs, 40 defensive runs saved, and 8 rWAR. His 17 home runs are tied with Todd Frazier for the most among NL third basemen and his 17 defensive runs saved are the most of any player in the Major Leagues, regardless of position. If the Rockies had a better record and Bryce Harper didn’t exist, Arenado would be squarely in the middle of the MVP conversation. One highlight doesn’t do him justice, so here’s one with the bat and one with the glove from last week. Enjoy!

Longest Rockies home run of the week: Carlos Gonzalez – 437 feet
Carlos Gonzalez is good at hitting long home runs. His 10 this season have averaged 420.6 feet, which is the longest on the team and the third longest in baseball among players with at least eight home runs. This one on Tuesday didn’t quite crack the five longest of the season, but it was still reached the upper deck and brought the Rockies within two against the Astros.

Rockies pitcher of the week: Tommy Kahnle – 2 appearances, 3 2/3 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 3 K, 0.00 ERA

The pitching wasn’t great this week as a whole, but Tommy Kahnle did a great job in both of his relief appearances. Since being recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque, Kahnle has put up a 0.87 ERA across 10 1/3 IP and has solidified the back end of the bullpen. Here is video of him inducing a big double play on Saturday against the Brewers.

That’s all in our look back at week 11. It wasn’t great, and barring a strong stretch of play soon, the Rockies may have to face the reality that they are sellers this year. Can next week bring them closer to making a decision either way? Be sure to subscribe, like View from the Rooftop on Facebook, and follow on Twitter.

Colorado Rockies Week 11 Preview: June 15-21

The Colorado Rockies are hoping to have a lot of celebrations at home plate this week. Photo Credit: Doug Pensinger - Getty Images North America
The Colorado Rockies are hoping to have a lot of celebrations at home plate this week.
Photo Credit: Doug Pensinger – Getty Images North America

The Colorado Rockies enter week 11 looking to gain some traction and climb back toward .500. They also look to improve on their less-than-stellar home record of 13-18, which they’ll have a chance to do with five of their seven games this week coming at home. Here’s a quick look ahead to week 11 of the regular season.

Season record: 28-34 (5th in NL West, 8 ½ GB of LAD)
Number of games this week: Seven (2 at Houston Astros, 2 vs. Houston Astros, 3 vs. Milwaukee Brewers)

Season record of this week’s opponents:
Houston Astros – 36-28 (1st in AL West)
Milwaukee Brewers – 24-40 (5th in NL Central)

Daily opponent and projected pitching match-up:

Monday, June 15 – Colorado Rockies at Houston Astros (6:10 PM MDT)
Chad Bettis (2-1, 3.05 ERA) vs. Dallas Keuchel (7-2, 1.90 ERA)

Tuesday, June 16 – Colorado Rockies at Houston Astros (12:10 PM MDT)
Chris Rusin (2-1, 3.38 ERA) vs. Vincent Velasquez (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Wednesday, June 17 – Houston Astros at Colorado Rockies (6:40 PM MDT)
Brett Oberholtzer (1-1, 2.25 ERA) vs. Kyle Kendrick (2-8, 5.87 ERA)

Thursday, June 18 – Houston Astros at Colorado Rockies (1:10 PM MDT)
Collin McHugh (6-3, 5.08 ERA) vs. David Hale (2-1, 4.56 ERA)

Friday, June 19 – Milwaukee Brewers at Colorado Rockies (6:40 PM MDT)
Taylor Jungmann (1-0, 1.29 ERA) vs. Jorge De La Rosa (4-2, 5.53 ERA)

Saturday, June 20 – Milwaukee Brewers at Colorado Rockies (2:10 MDT)
Kyle Lohse (3-7, 6.27 ERA) vs. Chad Bettis (2-1, 3.05 ERA)

Sunday, June 21 – Milwaukee Brewers at Colorado Rockies (2:10 PM MDT)
Matt Garza (4-7, 4.80 ERA) vs. Chris Rusin (2-1, 3.38 ERA)

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Colorado Rockies Week 10 Review: June 8-14

Jorge De La Rosa became the winningest pitcher in Colorado Rockies history this week. Photo Credit: Mike Ehrmann - Getty Images North America
Jorge De La Rosa became the winningest pitcher in Colorado Rockies history this week.
Photo Credit: Mike Ehrmann – Getty Images North America

In a week that contained three games against the team with the best record in the Majors and four more on the road, the Colorado Rockies were likely just hoping to keep themselves afloat. While it wasn’t a great week for the club, it wasn’t disastrous either. They will, however, need to get things going soon if they hope to make any noise later in the season. Here’s a look back at week 10.

Record this week: 3-4
Overall record: 28-34 (5th in NL West, 8 ½ GB of LAD)

Monday, June 8 – St. Louis Cardinals (3) at Colorado Rockies (11)
W – Hale (2-0)         L – Lackey (4-4)
HR: Tulowitzki (7), Arenado (14)
Players of the game:
Troy Tulowitzki – 2 for 4, HR, BB, 3 RBI
David Hale – 7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 7 K
DJ LeMahieu – 3 for 5, 2B, RBI

Tuesday, June 9 – St. Louis Cardinals (3) at Colorado Rockies (4)
W – De La Rosa (3-2)         L – Wacha (8-2)       S – Axford (11)
HR: Arenado (15)
Players of the game:
Jorge De La Rosa – 7 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
DJ LeMahieu – 3 for 4, 2B, RBI
Nolan Arenado – 2 for 4, HR, 2 RBI

Wednesday, June 10 – St. Louis Cardinals (4) at Colorado Rockies (2)
W – Martinez (7-2) L – Bettis (2-1)         S – Rosenthal (20)
HR: Paulsen (5)
Players of the game:
Ben Paulsen – 1 for 1, HR, 2 RBI
Christian Bergman – 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 K
Carlos Gonzalez – 1 for 4, 2B

The Rockies entered their series with the Cardinals on the heels of a disappointing series loss to the Miami Marlins in hopes of salvaging what they had hoped would be a more productive homestand. The fact that they were facing the team with the best record in the big leagues didn’t exactly inspire confidence either, but the Rockies came out swinging in a big 11-3 win in the series opener. In game two of the series, Jorge De La Rosa turned in an outstanding seven innings on the hill to help the Rockies to a 4-3 win. Not only did it secure the series win for the team, it also was De La Rosa’s 72nd career victory in a Rockies uniform, tying him with Aaron Cook for most wins in team history. Game three went to the Cardinals, as the Rockies were unable to complete the sweep, but the series win had to have the team feeling good nonetheless as they headed to Miami for the first four in a six-game road trip.

Thursday, June 11 – Colorado Rockies (0) at Miami Marlins (6)
W – Phelps (3-3)      L – Rusin (2-1)
Players of the game:
Corey Dickerson – 2 for 4, 2B
DJ LeMahieu – 2 for 4
Tommy Kahnle – 1 2/3 IP, 0 H, BB, 3 K

Friday, June 12 – Colorado Rockies (1) at Miami Marlins (5)
W – Urena (1-2)       L – Kendrick (2-8)
HR: Gonzalez (7)
Players of the game:
Kyle Kendrick – 6 2/3 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Carlos Gonzalez – 1 for 4, HR, RBI
Ben Paulsen – 1 for 3, 2B

Saturday, June 13 – Colorado Rockies (1) at Miami Marlins (4)
W – Latos (2-4)        L – Hale (2-1)           S – Ramos (8)
Players of the game:
Michael McKenry – 1 for 2, 3B, 2 BB
DJ LeMahieu – 1 for 4, 2B
Troy Tulowitzki – 1 for 4, RBI

Sunday, June 14 – Colorado Rockies (4) at Miami Marlins (1)
W – De La Rosa (4-2)         L – Haren (6-3)        S – Axford (12)
HR: Blackmon (8), Arenado (16)
Players of the game:
Jorge De La Rosa – 7 IP, 4 H, ER, 4 BB, 4 K
Nolan Arenado – 1 for 3, HR, BB, 2 RBI
Charlie Blackmon – 1 for 4, HR, BB, RBI

To put it mildly, the first three games of this series did not go the way the Rockies had hoped. They lost all three contests and were outscored by a combined score of 15-2. After playing 10 straight games at home, they appeared to be feeling the full effects of the Coors Hangover. It looked like the club was in real danger of being swept, but De La Rosa’s second outstanding start of the week paired with just enough offense got the team a win in the finale of the four-game set. The win for De La Rosa was his fourth of the season and the 73rd in his Rockies career, making him the winningest pitcher in club history. Congrats, Jorge! Also notable in the series finale was yet another home run from star third baseman Nolan Arenado. After being touted by some as a 15-20 home run player, Arenado now has 16 home runs in just 62 games and is on pace to hit 42 this season. While he probably won’t get all the way up to 42, it’s becoming more and more clear that his power is real and that 30-35 home runs this season is not out of the question for him. Pair that with his elite defense and it’s a travesty that he ranks just fourth among NL third basemen in all-star voting. Get out there and vote, people! At the very least, the win in the series finale salvaged a decent week for the Rockies and (hopefully) gave them some momentum going into next week.

Up next, it’s time for our weekly look at the individual performances that stood out from the pack in our player and pitcher of the week. Remember, you can always check the season-long leaderboard, as well as the five longest Rockies home runs of the season, on the right-hand side of the screen!

Rockies position player of the week: DJ LeMahieu – 30 PA, .367/.367/.500, 4 2B, 2 SB, 123 wRC+

It wasn’t a great week for the Rockies offensively, but LeMahieu was the best of the bunch and that earns him player of the week. He continued to raise his average and have big hits in big moments. Here’s his double that put the Rockies ahead, 3-2, on Tuesday night:

Longest Rockies home run of the week: Nolan Arenado – 430 feet

This week’s longest home runs was particularly fun. Not only did it go a long way, it was also hit in a big spot. Arenado’s two-run shot tied the game against tough Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha. Enjoy!

Rockies pitcher of the week: Jorge De La Rosa – 2 starts, 14 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 12 K, 1.93 ERA

De La Rosa came into the season expected to be the ace for the Rockies and recently he has looked every bit the part. After turning in two outstanding performances and becoming the Rockies all-time wins leader this week, De La Rosa was the easy choice to be the pitcher of the week. Take a look at his great start against St. Louis last Tuesday:

That’ll do it for week 10. Will week 11 be the week that makes or breaks the Rockies, or will it be another week of relative mediocrity? There’s only one way to find out. Be sure to subscribe, like View from the Rooftop on Facebook, and follow on Twitter.

Colorado Rockies Week 10 Preview: June 8-14

Carlos Gonzalez will look to stay hot this week. Photo Credit: Doug Pensinger - Getty Images North America
Carlos Gonzalez will look to stay hot this week.
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At the start of play in week 10, the Colorado Rockies sit just six games behind the division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers and just five and a half games behind the San Francisco Giants for a wild-card spot. They are just one winning streak away from being right in the thick of the race and they’ll try to get one going this week.

Season record: 25-30 (5th in NL West, 6 GB of LAD)
Number of games this week: Seven (3 vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 4 at Miami Marlins)

Season record of this week’s opponents:
St. Louis Cardinals – 38-19 (1st in NL Central)
Miami Marlins – 24-33 (4th in NL East)

Daily opponent and projected pitching match-up:

Monday, June 8 – St. Louis Cardinals at Colorado Rockies (6:40 PM MDT)
John Lackey (4-3, 2.93 ERA) vs. David Hale (1-0, 4.26 ERA)

Tuesday, June 9 – St. Louis Cardinals at Colorado Rockies (6:40 PM MDT)
Michael Wacha (8-1, 2.18 ERA) vs. Jorge De La Rosa (2-2, 6.15 ERA)

Wednesday, June 10 – St. Louis Cardinals at Colorado Rockies (1:10 PM MDT)
Carlos Martinez (6-2, 2.94 ERA) vs. Chad Bettis (2-0, 2.70 ERA)

Thursday, June 11 – Colorado Rockies at Miami Marlins (5:10 PM MDT)
Eddie Butler (3-6, 4.80 ERA) vs. David Phelps (2-3, 4.68 ERA)

Friday, June 12 – Colorado Rockies at Miami Marlins (5:10 PM MDT)
Chris Rusin (2-0, 1.45 ERA) vs. Jose Urena (0-2, 5.49 ERA)

Saturday, June 13 – Colorado Rockies at Miami Marlins (2:10 PM MDT)
Kyle Kendrick (2-7, 6.16 ERA) vs. Brad Hand (1-1, 4.24 ERA)

Sunday, June 14 – Colorado Rockies at Miami Marlins (11:10 AM MDT)
Jorge De La Rosa (2-2, 6.15 ERA) vs. Dan Haren (6-2, 3.18 ERA)

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