Colorado Rockies Week 17 Preview: July 27-August 2

Will this be Wilin Rosario's last week in a Colorado Rockies uniform? Photo Credit: Justin Edmonds - Getty Images North America
Will this be Wilin Rosario’s last week in a Colorado Rockies uniform?
Photo Credit: Justin Edmonds – Getty Images North America

This week is scary for the Colorado Rockies in more ways than one. On the surface, it’s scary because they have to go out on the road where they’ve won just four of their last 18 and face two very good teams in the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals. It’s also scary because this is the week leading up to the trade deadline. The Rockies currently sit 12 games under .500, meaning they are prime candidates to sell some of their Major League pieces to bolster the farm system. Have a favorite Rockies player? Make sure to tune in this week to catch him in action because, at least for a few players, this will probably be their final week in a Rockies uniform. It will also be an interesting test of general manager Jeff Bridich’s willingness to make some moves in what is obviously not a successful season in order to get better for the future. While we wait for all of those things to happen, let’s take a look ahead to week 17.

Season record: 42-54 (5th in NL West, 12 GB of LAD)
Number of games this week: 7 (3 at Chicago Cubs, 4 at St. Louis Cardinals)

Season record of this week’s opponents:
Chicago Cubs – 51-46 (3rd in NL Central)
St. Louis Cardinals – 63-35 (1st in NL Central)

Daily opponent and projected pitching match-up:

Monday, July 27 – Colorado Rockies at Chicago Cubs (6:05 PM MDT)
Jorge De La Rosa (6-4, 4.62 ERA) vs. Kyle Hendricks (4-5, 3.66 ERA)

Tuesday, July 28 – Colorado Rockies at Chicago Cubs (6:05 PM MDT)
TBA vs. TBA

Wednesday, July 29 – Colorado Rockies at Chicago Cubs (12:20 PM MDT)
Eddie Butler (3-6, 4.77 ERA) vs. Jon Lester (5-8, 3.32 ERA)

Thursday, July 30 – Colorado Rockies at St. Louis Cardinals (5:15 PM MDT)
Chris Rusin (3-4, 4.13 ERA) vs. Carlos Martinez (11-4, 2.34 ERA)

Friday, July 31 – Colorado Rockies at St. Louis Cardinals (6:15 PM MDT)
Kyle Kendrick (4-11, 6.33 ERA) vs. Michael Wacha (11-4, 3.27 ERA)

Saturday, August 1 – Colorado Rockies at St. Louis Cardinals (5:15 PM MDT)
Jorge De La Rosa (6-4, 4.62 ERA) vs. Lance Lynn (7-5, 2.80 ERA)

Sunday, August 2 – Colorado Rockies at St. Louis Cardinals (12:15 PM MDT)
TBA vs. John Lackey (9-5, 2.88 ERA)

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Colorado Rockies Week 16 Review: July 20-26

Carlos Gonzalez had a lot to be happy about this week. Photo Credit: Justin Edmonds - Getty Images North America
Carlos Gonzalez had a lot to be happy about this week.
Photo Credit: Justin Edmonds – Getty Images North America

Welcome to the Colorado Rockies week 16 review! Congratulations to you for sticking around this far, you’ve certainly earned it. This particular week for the Rockies wasn’t a great one as they went just 3-3 at home against two sub-.500 teams. The most exciting thing this week was watching Carlos Gonzalez have his best week of the season and really get back to looking like the CarGo that Rockies fans have come to know and love. His outstanding week did a lot to either significantly increase his trade value or show the Rockies that he can still be the phenomenal player he was from 2010-2013. Either way it was very good to see for the club. Meanwhile, the Rockies rotation continued to struggle. After 96 games the team has received just 35 quality starts, the lowest total in the Major Leagues. Unless something unexpected happens over the final 66 games, this will be their fifth straight season finishing 28th or worse in quality starts. That’s not good. Hopefully some combination of the trade deadline, offseason, and continued prospect growth will bring the Rockies some relief in the starting rotation for the 2016 season. We’ll know more about the trade deadline when we look back at week 17, but for now let’s look back at the week that was.

Record this week: 3-3
Overall record: 42-54 (5th in NL West, 12 GB of LAD)

Monday, July 20 – Texas Rangers (7) at Colorado Rockies (8)
W – Axford (2-2)     L – Scheppers (3-1)
HR: Tulowitzki (12)
Players of the game:
Troy Tulowitzki – 2 for 4, HR, 2 RBI
Ben Paulsen – 2 for 4, BB, 2 RBI
Charlie Blackmon – 1 for 3, 2 BB, RBI

Tuesday, July 21 – Texas Rangers (9) at Colorado Rockies (0)
W – Harrison (1-1)  L – Kendrick (3-11)
Players of the game:
Nolan Arenado – 2 for 3, 2B, BB
Charlie Blackmon – 2 for 4
Nick Hundley – 1 for 3, BB

Wednesday, July 22 – Texas Rangers (10) at Colorado Rockies (8)
W – Scheppers (4-1)            L – Axford (2-3)       S – Tolleson (15)
HR: Hundley (7), Gonzalez (14)
Players of the game:
Nick Hundley – 3 for 4, HR, 2 RBI
DJ LeMahieu – 2 for 4, BB, RBI, SB
Carlos Gonzalez – 1 for 4, HR, BB, 3 RBI

The first series of the week against the Texas Rangers did not go well. After a walk-off win on Monday night, the Rockies were blown out on Tuesday and lost again on Wednesday after allowing 10 runs. Tuesday’s game did bring a little bit of excitement — albeit not for the Rockies – as Shin-Soo Choo of the Rangers hit for the cycle. Another disappointment that came from this series was the performance of closer John Axford. He entered the week looking like he may have some solid trade value, but unfortunately he blew both of his save opportunities while allowing three earned runs and walking five in just 1 2/3 innings. For a non-contending team that is (hopefully) looking to maximize the value of as many tradeable assets as possible, that kind of performance is pretty disheartening. It may still be possible to move him, but he probably won’t get as much in return as he would have even a week ago. After this series wrapped up, the Rockies welcomed a Cincinnati Reds team in all-out sell mode to town.

Thursday, July 23 – Day off

Friday, July 24 – Cincinnati Reds (5) at Colorado Rockies (6)
W – Axford (3-3)     L – Mattheus (1-2)
HR: Gonzalez 2 (16)
Players of the game:
Carlos Gonzalez – 2 for 4, 2 HR, 2 RBI
Charlie Blackmon – 3 for 5, RBI, SB
Corey Dickerson – 2 for 3, BB

Saturday, July 25 – Cincinnati Reds (5) at Colorado Rockies (2)
W – Cueto (7-6)       L – Rusin (3-4)        S – Chapman (20)
Players of the game:
Carlos Gonzalez – 2 for 4
Yohan Flande – IP, 0 R, 2 K
Rafael Betancourt – IP, 0 R, 2 K

Sunday, July 26 – Cincinnati Reds (7) at Colorado Rockies (17)
W – Kendrick (4-11)            L – Lorenzen (3-5)
HR: Arenado (25), Paulsen 2 (7), Gonzalez 2 (18)
Players of the game:
Ben Paulsen – 4 for 5, 3B, 2 HR, 4 RBI
Carlos Gonzalez – 3 for 4, 2 HR, BB, 6 RBI
DJ LeMahieu – 2 for 4, 2B, BB, 2 RBI

This series went significantly better for the Rockies than the last one did. They got to enjoy a walk-off win in game one and a 17-run outburst that was their highest scoring game since they scored 18 runs on April 27, 2012. That’s over three years! The offensive barrage was fueled by Carlos Gonzalez’s two home runs and six RBI and Ben Paulsen’s four-hit day that included two home runs, four RBI, and left him just a double short of the cycle. Drew Stubbs also continued to rake since being recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque, going 2-for-2 with a triple. When Stubbs was demoted, he had a dismal slash line of .118/.182/.255 and had struck out in 31 of his 56 plate appearances, a whopping 55.4% strikeout rate. Since his recall, Stubbs has a gaudy .355/.444/.774 slash line and has struck out in only eight of his 37 plate appearances, a strikeout rate of only 21.6%. After wondering if Stubbs would ever be a productive Major League player again, it’s great to see him doing well. It also potentially gives him some trade value if the Rockies want to try to move him to a contender. Aside from that, the Rockies and their fans remain in a bit of a holding pattern right now with just five days remaining until the trade deadline. At this time next week, we should have a lot more information about the direction this club is headed.

Now, it’s time to take a look at the standout performances from the last week. Since I didn’t use the two games from last week to give out players of the week, I’ll add those in to this week’s games to give us a player of the week plus two extra days. This is also where we’ll take a look at the longest home run from this week. Remember, you can find a running tally of the player and pitcher of the week 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: Carlos Gonzalez – 31 PA, .393/.452/.962, 2B, 5 HR, 12 RBI, 271 wRC+

Stay hot, CarGo. After not being player of the week all season, this makes two weeks in a row that he’s taken it home. He continued to make baseballs hate him this week as he crushed five of them out of the ballpark and is now on pace to hit 30 home runs this season. Gonzalez finally appears to be fully recovered from the finger and knee surgeries that limited him to just 70 games in 2014 and that has made him a whole lot of fun to watch. Take a look at the second of his two home runs on Sunday afternoon:

Longest Rockies home run of the week: Troy Tulowitzki – 446 feet

Tulo only hit one home run this week, but it was a long one. His 446 foot blast on Monday was the fourth longest homer hit by a Rockies player this season and it put the Rockies ahead of the Rangers, 7-0. Take a look at his blast here:

Rockies pitcher of the week: Rafael Betancourt – 4 appearances, 3 2/3 IP, 3 H, ER, 6 K, 2.45 ERA

This week was not a good one for Rockies pitchers. This, unfortunately, is a problem that the Rockies have run into far too often this season and one that will hopefully be fixed soon. As it is, however, we get to talk about Rafael Betancourt’s solid performance this week. The 40-year old reliever will take home player of the week honors for the first time this season after looking strong across four relief appearances since the All-Star break. On the surface, Betancourt’s 5.22 ERA isn’t pretty, but he also boasts a much better looking 3.00 FIP and 3.19 SIERA to go with peripherals that are almost identical to what he’s put up in his career. It will be interesting to see if he tries to pitch again in 2016 when he will be 41 years old. There’s no video of him pitching this week, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t great.

That wraps things up for week 16. Next week should be an interesting one as the Rockies attempt to make the right moves at the trade deadline. Also, be sure to subscribe, like View from the Rooftop on Facebook, and follow on Twitter!

Colorado Rockies Week 16 Preview: July 20-26

Chris Rusin will look to continue his surprisingly strong season this week. Photo Credit: Norm Hall - Getty Images North America
Chris Rusin will look to continue his surprisingly strong season this week.
Photo Credit: Norm Hall – Getty Images North America

Week 16 of the regular season is when the second half will get started in earnest. It’s also the second to last week before the trade deadline, so we could be on the verge of seeing a whirlwind of moves. The Cincinnati Reds, the Colorado Rockies’ opponent Friday through Sunday have already declared themselves major sellers, and the Rockies are potentially going to be sellers themselves. Chad Bettis also recently went on the disabled list for the Rockies, making Friday’s starting pitcher uncertain. What this ultimately means is that this week’s projected starting pitchers should be taken with a grain of salt. Some of these pitchers might not even be on the team they’re currently scheduled to pitch for by the time their start rolls around. That being said, let’s do the best we can to take a look ahead to this week.

Season record: 39-51 (5th in NL West, 12 ½ GB of LAD)
Number of games this week: Six (3 vs. Texas Rangers, 3 vs. Cincinnati Reds)

Season record of this week’s opponents:
Texas Rangers – 43-48 (3rd in AL West)
Cincinnati Reds – 40-49 (4th in NL Central)

Daily opponent and projected pitching match-up:

Monday, July 20 – Texas Rangers at Colorado Rockies (6:40 PM MDT)
Nick Martinez (5-5, 3.43 ERA) vs. Chris Rusin (3-3, 3.98 ERA)

Tuesday, July 21 – Texas Rangers at Colorado Rockies (6:40 PM MDT)
Matt Harrison (0-1, 13.50 ERA) vs. Kyle Kendrick (3-10, 5.94 ERA)

Wednesday, July 22 – Texas Rangers at Colorado Rockies (1:10 PM MDT)
Martin Perez (0-1, 5.40 ERA) vs. Jorge De La Rosa (6-4, 4.30 ERA)

Thursday, July 23 – Day off

Friday, July 24 – Cincinnati Reds at Colorado Rockies (6:40 PM MDT)
Anthony DeSclafani (5-7, 3.99 ERA) vs. TBA

Saturday, July 25 – Cincinnati Reds at Colorado Rockies (6:10 PM MDT)
Johnny Cueto (6-6, 2.79 ERA) vs. Eddie Butler (3-6, 4.80 ERA)

Sunday, July 26 – Cincinnati Reds at Colorado Rockies (2:10 PM MDT)
Michael Lorenzen (3-4, 3.53 ERA) vs. Chris Rusin (3-3, 3.98 ERA)

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Colorado Rockies Week 15 Review: July 13-19

None of us liked this week very much, Tulo. Photo Credit: Denis Poroy - Getty Images North America
None of us liked this week very much, Tulo.
Photo Credit: Denis Poroy – Getty Images North America

Week 15 wasn’t the best week for the Colorado Rockies, nor was it the most exciting. The All-Star break prevented any games from being played before Friday and Sunday’s game was rained out, leaving the club with just two games this week. They lost both. Nevertheless, let’s still take a (somewhat abbreviated) look back at this week.

Record this week: 0-2
Overall record: 39-51 (5th in NL West, 12 ½ GB of LAD)

Monday, July 13 – All-Star break

Tuesday, July 14 – All-Star break

Wednesday, July 15 – All-Star break

Thursday, July 16 – All-Star break

Friday, July 17 – Colorado Rockies (2) at San Diego Padres (4)
W – Shields (8-3)    L – De La Rosa (6-4)           S – Kimbrel (24)
HR: Blackmon (12)
Players of the game:
Charlie Blackmon – 2 for 5, HR, RBI
DJ LeMahieu – 2 for 4, 2B
Gonzalez Germen – 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 K

Saturday, July 18 – Colorado Rockies (4) at San Diego Padres (5)
W – Maurer (6-2)    L – Friedrich (0-2)  S – Kimbrel (25)
HR: Tulowitzki (11)
Players of the game:
Troy Tulowitzki – 2 for 3, HR, BB, RBI
Brandon Barnes – 3 for 4, 3B, RBI
Wilin Rosario – 1 for 1, 2B, RBI

Sunday, July 19 – Colorado Rockies at San Diego Padres (Postponed)

The one and only series of the week for the Rockies did not go well. The first two games of the series were losses marred by bad baserunning and poor hitting with runners in scoring position. In game three of the series, the Rockies were actually leading 1-0 in the fifth inning when the rain came. After waiting a few hours, the game was officially postponed, the first time that’s happened to a game in San Diego since 2006. Now, instead of getting to hang on to that 1-0 lead, they will have to start over at 0-0 on September 10th. There was initially some confusion as to whether the game would be suspended or restarted, but it has now been confirmed that they will be starting the game from scratch. On top of it being bad for the Rockies having their lead wiped away, the rain out was bad for Eddie Butler. After being recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque to make the start today, Butler had tossed four scoreless innings and allowed just two hits and a walk to go with four strikeouts. He looked very sharp and it would’ve lowered his season ERA from 4.80 to 4.47, but unfortunately none of it will count. Despite that, it was still an encouraging outing for Butler and hopefully he’ll be able to build on it going forward.

Normally, this is the point where I give out the player and pitcher of the week and show the longest Rockies home run of the week. I really don’t feel like two games is enough to award a player of the week for, so we’ll hold off on that until next week. There were two home runs hit though, so let’s take a look at the longest one!

Longest Rockies home run of the week: Troy Tulowitzki – 380 feet

Tulo’s 11th home run of the season brought the Rockies within a run of the Padres on Saturday night. Unfortunately, they wouldn’t get any closer, but watching him hit home runs is still fun. Take a look at it here.

Awesome Rockies defense this week:

In lieu of the players of the week, let’s just watch two amazing defensive plays from the Rockies. Play number one is a double play started by an amazing reverse jump throw from Tulowitzki, play number two is Nolan Arenado being his normal, incredible self. Enjoy!

That’s it for week 15. Next week should give us a lot more to talk about, but for now be sure to subscribe, like View from the Rooftop on Facebook, and follow on Twitter.

Colorado Rockies Week 15 Preview July 13-19

I have no idea what Tulo is doing here and neither does anybody else, apparently. Photo Credit: Joe Robbins - Getty Images North America
I have no idea what Tulo is doing here and neither does anybody else, apparently.
Photo Credit: Joe Robbins – Getty Images North America

Week 15 of the regular season is an abbreviated week due to the All-Star break and it leaves the Colorado Rockies with just three games. There has been speculation that top prospect Jon Gray will be called up shortly after the All-Star break, and it’s possible that it could even happen this week! It will also be interesting to see if the Rockies are able to ride the momentum they picked up in their four-game sweep of the Atlanta Braves right before the break. Let’s take a quick look ahead to week 15.

Season record: 39-49 (5th in NL West, 11 GB of LAD)
Number of games this week: Three (3 at San Diego Padres)

Season record of this week’s opponents:
San Diego Padres – 41-49 (4th in NL West)

Daily opponent and projected pitching match-up:

Monday, July 13 – All-Star break

Tuesday, July 14 – All-Star break

Wednesday, July 15 – All-Star break

Thursday, July 16 – All-Star break

Friday, July 17 – Colorado Rockies at San Diego Padres (8:10 PM MDT)
Jorge De La Rosa (6-3, 4.34 ERA) vs. James Shields (7-3, 4.01 ERA)

Saturday, July 18 – Colorado Rockies at San Diego Padres (6:40 PM MDT)
Chad Bettis (5-4, 4.91 ERA) vs. Tyson Ross (6-7, 3.34 ERA)

Sunday, July 19 – Colorado Rockies at San Diego Padres (2:10 PM MDT)
TBA vs. Andrew Cashner (3-10, 4.10 ERA)

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Colorado Rockies Week 14 Review: July 6-12

The Colorado Rockies got to celebrate a walk-off win this week. Photo Credit: Justin Edmonds - Getty Images North America
The Colorado Rockies got to celebrate a walk-off win this week.
Photo Credit: Justin Edmonds – Getty Images North America

The Colorado Rockies entered week 14 of the regular season firmly in the cellar of the NL West. At the end of week 14, they’re still in the cellar, but not quite so firmly, and they’ve got some positive things to build on when they get going in the second half of the season. This week was also the team’s first week with a winning record since way back in week eight, May 25-31, when they went 5-1. Being 10 games under .500 and 8 ½ games out of a playoff spot isn’t exactly the most encouraging thing in the world, but if nothing else the Rockies should provide their fans with some exciting individual players to watch. Nolan Arenado continues to be a breakout star, Troy Tulowitzki is riding a 38-game on-base streak, Carlos Gonzalez is looking more and more like himself, and top prospect Jon Gray is expected to arrive soon, possibly even in the first few games after the All-Star break. Before we look ahead to the rest of the season, though, let’s look back at what was a fun week 14.

Record this week: 4-2
Overall record: 39-49 (5th in NL West, 11 GB of LAD)

Monday, July 6 – Day off

Tuesday, July 7 – Los Angeles Angels (10) at Colorado Rockies (2)
W – Heaney (3-0)    L – Bettis (4-4)
HR: Stubbs (3)
Players of the game:
DJ LeMahieu – 3 for 4
Yohan Flande – 5 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 3 K
Drew Stubbs – 1 for 3, HR, BB, RBI

Wednesday, July 8 – Los Angeles Angels (3) at Colorado Rockies (2)
W – Smith (3-2)      L – Axford (1-2)       S – Street (24)
Players of the game:
Nolan Arenado – 3 for 3, 2B, 2 BB
Chris Rusin – 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Nick Hundley – 3 for 4, 2B, RBI

I know, I know. I said this week was fun! After these two games it was. I promise. Seriously, don’t stop reading here or you’ll miss the good part. Unfortunately, the Rockies began the week against an American League team. As we all know, the Rockies can’t beat American League teams. The two losses here dropped the Rockies to 1-10 against AL teams in 2015 and just 3-21 in their last 24 games against them. If you’re wondering, the next time the Rockies have to play an AL team is in just their second series after the All-Star break when they host the Texas Rangers for three games. That’s the bad news. The good news is that the Rangers are the last AL team the Rockies won a series against! If all goes according to plan, the Rockies will win that series as well and get back on track against the American League. If you’re looking for a quick summary of this series, here goes: Chad Bettis had the worst start of his Major League career, allowing 10 earned runs in just 2 1/3 innings on Tuesday, the offense struggled and managed just four runs in the series, and Mike Trout continued to be the best player in baseball as he hit three home runs. Okay, let’s move on from this torture.

Thursday, July 9 – Atlanta Braves (3) at Colorado Rockies (5)
W – Hale (3-4)         L – Brigham (0-1)   S – Axford (15)
HR: Stubbs (4)
Players of the game:
Carlos Gonzalez – 3 for 4, 3 2B, RBI
Nolan Arenado – 3 for 5, 2B
Drew Stubbs – 1 for 3, HR, BB, RBI

Friday, July 10 – Atlanta Braves (3) at Colorado Rockies (5)
W – Laffey (1-0)       L – Miller (5-5)        S – Axford (16)
HR: Gonzalez (12)
Players of the game:
DJ LeMahieu – 2 for 3, 2B, BB, RBI
Gonzalez Germen – 3 IP, H, 0 R, BB, K
Charlie Blackmon – 2 for 4, 3B, BB, 2 SB

Saturday, July 11 – Atlanta Braves (2) at Colorado Rockies (3)
W – Hawkins (2-1)  L – Grilli (3-4)
HR: Gonzalez (13)
Players of the game:
Carlos Gonzalez – 2 for 4, HR, BB, 3 RBI
Charlie Blackmon – 3 for 4, 3B
Jorge De La Rosa – 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

Sunday, July 12 – Atlanta Braves (3) at Colorado Rockies (11)
W – Bettis (5-4)       L – Wood (6-6)
HR: Tulowitzki (10), Stubbs (5)
Players of the game:
Charlie Blackmon – 3 for 5, 4 RBI
Drew Stubbs – 2 for 2, HR, 3B, BB, 2 RBI
Troy Tulowitzki – 1 for 4, HR, 3 RBI

See? I told you there was a fun part coming. In the second half of the week, the Rockies put together the first four-game sweep of the Atlanta Braves in franchise history. Winning is always fun, but it’s especially nice to win right before the team has four days off. Now they’ll be able to spend that time feeling good and optimistic about the rest of the season, which naturally is a positive. Whether there is any carryover into the second half of the season remains to be seen, but sweeping a series is good any way you slice it. The way they got there wasn’t without its weirdness, though.

In the first game of the series, there was a rain delay (shocking!) after just half an inning of play that forced initial starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick out of the game. The Rockies elected to bring in the next day’s projected starter, David Hale, but he unfortunately had to leave with a hamstring injury after just 1 2/3 innings! No matter, said the Rockies bullpen. After Christian Friedrich allowed three runs, a combination of Scott Oberg, Boone Logan, Rafael Betancourt, Tommy Kahnle, and John Axford threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings to secure the win for the Rockies.

The following day, the Rockies had nobody to pitch, so they went with a second straight bullpen day that kicked off with a pair of Triple-A call-ups Gonzalez Germen and Aaron Laffey. Germen threw three great innings, Laffey threw 2 1/3 not-so-great innings, then a bullpen combo of LaTroy Hawkins, Logan, Kahnle, and Axford shutout the Braves the rest of the way. In yet another example of pitcher wins being meaningless, Aaron Laffey was the only Rockies pitcher to not pitch well in the game, but he was awarded the win. Games three and four of the series were much more traditional wins, as the Rockies got quality starts from Jorge De La Rosa and Chad Bettis and strong hitting from the likes of Carlos Gonzalez and Drew Stubbs. That pair, Stubbs in particular, have really struggled this season, so it was nice to see them start to get back on track. Troy Tulowitzki also extended his on-base streak to 38 consecutive games in the series.

On that note, it’s time to take a look at the standout individual performances from last week with 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 the screen!

Rockies position player of the week: Carlos Gonzalez – 25 PA, .417/.440/.833, 4 2B, 2 HR, 233 wRC+

Gonzalez finally earns his first player of the week honors of the season this week. It was a good week for a lot of Rockies hitters, but Gonzalez was the best of the bunch. His wRC+ is up to 93 for the year, which isn’t anything to write home about, but it’s certainly trending in the right direction. This certainly wasn’t CarGo’s most powerful hit of the week, but it gave the Rockies a walk-off win over the Braves:

Longest Rockies home run of the week: Carlos Gonzalez – 438 feet

When CarGo hits home runs, he typically hits them a long way. This one off Matt Wisler of the Braves was just two feet short of being one of the five longest home runs of the season. Watch it here.

Rockies pitcher of the week: Chris Rusin – 2 appearances, 1 start, 8 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2.25 ERA

Chris Rusin continues to be a pleasant surprise for the Rockies and he turned in another strong week to earn pitcher of the week for the second time this season. Rusin put together a strong start as well as a strong relief appearance that was made possible by the upcoming All-Star break and lowered his ERA on the season to 3.98. He has gone from placeholder for Jon Gray to the pitcher with the lowest ERA in the Rockies rotation. His good start didn’t lead to a Rockies win unfortunately, but that doesn’t take away from how well he pitched. You can watch that start here:

That’ll do it for week 14. The All-Star break is here, but there are still a few games for the Rockies in week 15 as well! Be sure to subscribe, like View from the Rooftop on Facebook, and follow on Twitter.

Colorado Rockies Week 14 Preview: July 6-12

Those jerseys are so American. Phtoto Credit: Ralph Fresh - Getty Images North America
Those jerseys are so American.
Phtoto Credit: Ralph Freso – Getty Images North America

Week 14 of the regular season is also the final week before the all-stat break. It’s also a rare opportunity for Rockies fans to see superhuman Mike Trout up close and personal, so get out to Coors Field on Tuesday and Wednesday, people! It will also likely give us a little more insight as to whether or not the Rockies should be sellers at the trade deadline this season (all signs point to yes). Here’s a quick look ahead to week 14.

Season record: 35-47 (5th in NL West, 10 ½ GB of LAD)
Number of games this week: Six (2 vs. Los Angeles Angels, 4 vs. Atlanta Braves)

Season record of this week’s opponents:
Los Angeles Angels – 44-38 (2nd in AL West)
Atlanta Braves – 40-42 (3rd in NL East)

Daily opponent and projected pitching match-up:

Monday, July 6 – Day off

Tuesday, July 7 – Los Angeles Angels at Colorado Rockies (6:40 PM MDT)
Andrew Heaney (1-0, 1.38 ERA) vs. Chad Bettis (4-3, 3.67 ERA)

Wednesday, July 8 – Los Angeles Angels at Colorado Rockies (6:40 PM MDT)
Matt Shoemaker (4-7, 4.91 ERA) vs. Chris Rusin (3-3, 4.27 ERA)

Thursday, July 9 – Atlanta Braves at Colorado Rockies (6:40 PM MDT)
Alex Wood (6-5, 3.34 ERA) vs. Kyle Kendrick (3-10, 6.00 ERA)

Friday, July 10 – Atlanta Braves at Colorado Rockies (6:10 PM MDT)
Shelby Miller (5-4, 2.07 ERA) vs. David Hale (2-4, 5.89 ERA)

Saturday, July 11 – Atlanta Braves at Colorado Rockies (2:10 PM MDT)
Matt Wisler (2-1, 2.60 ERA) vs. Jorge De La Rosa (6-3, 4.46 ERA)

Sunday, July 12 – Atlanta Braves at Colorado Rockies (2:10 PM MDT)
TBA vs. Chad Bettis (4-3, 3.67 ERA)

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