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.

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