Colorado Rockies Week 13 Review: June 29-July 5

The Colorado Rockies were 2-0 in Jorge De La Rosa's starts this week and 0-5 in everyone else's. Photo Credit: Thearon W. Henderson - Getty Images North America
The Colorado Rockies were 2-0 in Jorge De La Rosa’s starts this week and 0-5 in everyone else’s.
Photo Credit: Thearon W. Henderson – Getty Images North America

Welcome to week 13, where things continued to not be fun for Colorado Rockies fans. In seven games away from Coors Field, the Rockies actually got some good pitching on occasion, but were only able to score more than three runs one time as they continue to fall further and further back in the race. There was also some very interesting managerial moves that very likely cost the club at least one game. Mathematically the Rockies are still in it, of course, but realistically it would take a pretty miraculous turnaround in the second half of the season for this team to make any noise in 2015. With the trade deadline rapidly approaching, it will be interesting to see how general manager Jeff Bridich handles things. Since the team is pretty clearly not a contender, it would be nice to see him move some of his tradeable assets to bolster an already strong farm system and build for the future. Whether that will happen remains to be seen, but for now, let’s take a look back at week 13 of the regular season.

Record this week: 2-5
Overall record: 35-47 (5th in NL West, 10 ½ GB of LAD)

Monday, June 29 – Colorado Rockies (1) at Oakland Athletics (7)
W – Graveman (5-4)           L – Hale (2-3)
HR: Blackmon (10)
Players of the game:
Troy Tulowitzki – 3 for 3, BB
Charlie Blackmon – 1 for 5, HR, RBI
Ben Paulsen – 1 for 3, BB

Tuesday, June 30 – Colorado Rockies (2) at Oakland Athletics (1)
W – De La Rosa (5-3)          L – Bassitt (0-1)       S – Hawkins (2)
Players of the game:
Jorge De La Rosa – 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 4 K
Charlie Blackmon – 1 for 4, RBI
LaTroy Hawkins – IP, 0 H, 0 R

Wednesday, July 1 – Colorado Rockies (1) at Oakland Athletics (4)
W – Hahn (6-6)       L – Bettis (4-3)        S – Clippard (14)
Players of the game:
Carlos Gonzalez – 2 for 4, 2B
Nick Hundley – 1 for 3, 2B, BB, RBI
Ben Paulsen – 1 for 3, 2B

The Rockies entered their series with the Oakland Athletics having lost 13 consecutive games in AL ballparks. Fortunately, they were finally able to break that streak at 14 after losing game one of the series, but that’s about all that went right for them at O.Co Coliseum. In the three games, they scored a total of four runs as the Coors Hangover continued to be out in full force. The only thing preventing the series from being a sweep was a brilliant performance from starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa in game two of the series. He tossed seven shutout innings and continued to be a stabilizing force for the Rockies, who are now 99-64 all-time when he is the starting pitcher. De La Rosa’s effort in a 2-1 victory was sandwiched around two convincing losses in which the club was outscored 11-2. As they headed to Arizona, there was the feeling that this was another one of “those” road trips that seemingly happen at least once a year.

Thursday, July 2 – Colorado Rockies (1) at Arizona Diamondbacks (8)
W – Hellickson (6-5)          L – Rusin (3-3)
Players of the game:
Chris Rusin – 6 IP, 6 H, ER, 2 BB, 6 K; 1 for 2, RBI
Nolan Arenado – 1 for 4, 2B
Nick Hundley – 1 for 3, 2B

Friday, July 3 – Colorado Rockies (3) at Arizona Diamondbacks (4)
W – Chafin (5-0)      L – Flande (0-1        F/10
HR: Blackmon (11)
Players of the game:
Wilin Rosario – 1 for 3, 2B, BB, 2 RBI
Tommy Kahnle – IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K
Charlie Blackmon – 1 for 4, HR, RBI

Saturday, July 4 – Colorado Rockies (3) at Arizona Diamondbacks (7)
W – Corbin (1-0)     L – Hale (2-4)
Players of the game:
DJ LeMahieu – 3 for 4, RBI
Charlie Blackmon – 2 for 4, 2B, RBI
Troy Tulowitzki – 1 for 3, 2B, BB

Sunday, July 5 – Colorado Rockies (6) at Arizona Diamondbacks (4)
W – J. De La Rosa (6-3)     L – R. De La Rosa (6-4)      S – Axford (14)
HR: Tulowitzki (9), Gonzalez (11)
Players of the game:
Troy Tulowitzki – 2 for 5, HR, 3 RBI
Carlos Gonzalez – 3 for 4, HR, 2 RBI
Jorge De La Rosa – 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Just like in Oakland, a strong pitching performance from Jorge De La Rosa was the only thing that stood between the Rockies and a sweep. Well, that and the Diamondbacks curse of .500. In Arizona’s last 14 chances to reach the .500 mark this season, they are 0-14. I’m sure it started out as nothing more than a coincidence, but after 14 straight failed attempt it’s tough not to wonder whether there might be some sort of a mental block forming within that clubhouse. Another interesting note from Sunday’s game were the home runs from Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez. Enjoy that, Rockies fans, because right now there’s no telling when, if ever, that will happen again.

Another notable game from the series came on Friday night, a 4-3 Rockies loss in 10 innings. To say that manager Walt Weiss made some questionable decisions in this game would be an extremely kind way of putting it.

The debacle began in the eighth inning when Weiss called on reliever Christian Friedrich and allowed him to face two right handed batters in spite of Friedrich’s awful performance against them. This move fortunately did not come back to hurt the Rockies as Friedrich worked through the inning unscathed. In the ninth inning, Weiss called on Scott Oberg. The day before, Oberg allowed four runs in just a third of an inning and threw 24 pitches. After Oberg loaded the bases with one out, Weiss decided to use a five-man infield to try to get out of the inning. That move on its own isn’t egregious, but in doing so, Weiss pulled Carlos Gonzalez, owner of the best arm in the outfield and the Rockies best chance to throw out the winning run at the plate. Again, the Rockies were fortunate not to be hurt by a bad managerial decision as Oberg worked out of the jam to get the Rockies to extra innings.

In the 10th, things did not get better. After getting two men on with nobody out, Weiss called on Michael McKenry, the backup catcher and only remaining bat on the bench, to pinch hit. In what was the world’s most obvious bunt situation, Weiss seemed unsure of what to do. McKenry squared around to bunt on a few pitches, swung away on a few pitches, and ultimately lined into a double play, effectively ending the Rockies’ threat. Calling on a starting pitcher to bunt likely would’ve given the Rockies two men in scoring position with just one out. Instead, they had a runner on first base with two outs. The icing on the cake came in the bottom of the 10th when Weiss went to left-handed, recent Triple-A call-up Yohan Flande to face two right-handed batters. Both would get hits and one would ultimately come around to score the winning run. I really like Weiss and was rooting hard for him to succeed, but this is the game that made it clear to me that he’s in over his head.

However, enough with the negativity, it’s time for the players of the week and the longest home run of the week! Remember, you can keep track of a running leaderboard of all three things on the right hand side of the screen!

Rockies position player of the week: Troy Tulowitzki – 25 PA, .409/.480/.591, 2B, HR, 185 wRC+

Tulowitzki has really been heating up and has now reached base in 33 consecutive games. He really was the only Rockies player to have a good offensive week this week, and it earns him player of the week for the second time this season. In fact, Tulo has been hitting so well that Athletics’ pitcher Chris Bassitt was afraid to even throw a pitch on the correct side of him.

Longest Rockies home run of the week: Troy Tulowitzki – 426 feet

The one thing that had been missing from Tulowitzki’s game lately was his power stroke. That was not the case on this swing, however, as he put the Rockies ahead 3-0 in the first inning on Sunday afternoon. If we’re lucky, this will be the beginning of one of Tulo’s patented home run binges, the likes of which we haven’t really seen yet in 2015. For now though, let’s just enjoy this homer.

Rockies pitcher of the week: Jorge De La Rosa – 2 starts, 13 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 6 BB, 10 K, 1.38 ERA

De La Rosa continued to show why he’s one of the best pitchers the Rockies have ever had this week. In a microcosm of his entire career with the club, they went 2-0 in his starts and 0-5 in everyone else’s. De La Rosa also reached another career milestone as he became the 455th person since 1900 with 1,000 or more career strikeouts on Sunday afternoon. He now sits at 1,005 and counting for his career, which puts him in 449th place since 1900. Take a look at his gem from Tuesday when he tossed seven scoreless innings.

That’s all for week 13. Maybe week 14 will give us all something fun to talk about. There’s only one way to find out! Also, be sure to subscribe, like View from the Rooftop on Facebook, and follow on Twitter.

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