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.

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