Colorado Rockies Week 22 Review: August 31-September 6

It was a fun week for these two. Photo Credit: Dustin Bradford - Getty Images North America
It was a fun week for these two.
Photo Credit: Dustin Bradford – Getty Images North America

Welcome to week 22, otherwise known as the Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez show. With the remainder of the season largely irrelevant from a team perspective, we’re left to watch the Colorado Rockies for individual performances. This week, Arenado and Gonzalez did not disappoint. In the club’s eight games this week, Arenado hit six home runs – and set a new club record with a home run in six consecutive games – and Gonzalez hit five, bringing each of their season totals to 36. This gets the pair close to several records, both individually and as a pair.

If both continue at their current pace, they’ll finish with 43 home runs apiece. That would tie them with each other for the fifth most home runs hit in a single season in team history. It also would easily set the record since the humidor was installed in 2002, a mark currently held by Jeromy Burnitz’s 37 homers in the 2004 season. If Gonzalez is able to hit just five more home runs this season, he’ll pass Andres Galarraga for sixth most in club history with 173. Arenado, on the other hand, currently sits in 13th in club history with 64 home runs – six behind Wilin Rosario.

As a duo, they also have a chance to make some history. If both are able to make it to 40 home runs, they’ll be the first pair of teammates to reach that mark since Larry Walker, Vinny Castilla, and Galarraga all got there in the 1997 season and they’re already the first pair since Castilla and Burnitz in 2004 to hit 35 or more in a season. Of course, that doesn’t mean a whole lot from a team perspective, but it sure has been fun to watch. Let’s take a look at the rest of the action from week 22.

Record this week: 4-4
Overall record: 56-80 (5th in NL West, 22 GB of LAD)

Monday, August 31 – Arizona Diamondbacks (4) at Colorado Rockies (5)
W – S. Castro (2-0) L – Ziegler (0-3)
Players of the game:
Ben Paulsen – 1 for 1, 2 RBI
Charlie Blackmon – 3 for 4, 2B, 3B, BB, SB
DJ LeMahieu – 3 for 5, 2B, SB

Tuesday, September 1 – Arizona Diamondbacks (6) at Colorado Rockies (4)
W – Corbin (4-3)     L – M. Castro (0-1)  S – Hudson (3)
HR: LeMahieu (6), Parker (3), Arenado (31)
Players of the game:
DJ LeMahieu – 2 for 4, HR, RBI
Nolan Arenado – 2 for 4, HR, RBI
Kyle Parker – 1 for 3, HR, BB, RBI

Tuesday, September 1 – Arizona Diamondbacks (5) at Colorado Rockies (3)
W – R. De La Rosa (12-6)   L – Oberg (3-4)        S – Collmenter (1)
HR: Arenado (32)
Players of the game:
Nolan Arenado – 3 for 4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI
Christian Bergman – 2 IP, H, 0 R
Ben Paulsen – 1 for 4, 2B, RBI

Wednesday, September 2 – Arizona Diamondbacks (4) at Colorado Rockies (9)
W – Brown (1-2)      L – Delgado (5-4)     S – Miller (1)
HR: Arenado (33), Gonzalez 2 (33)
Players of the game:
Carlos Gonzalez – 2 for 4, 2 HR, 7 RBI
Nolan Arenado – 2 for 5, HR, 2 RBI
Charlie Blackmon – 3 for 5, 2B

In the first of what would eventually be two 4-game series splits this week, the Rockies took on the Arizona Diamondbacks. Arenado would hit the first three of what would become his 6-game home run streak while Gonzalez had a huge game in the series finale on Wednesday as he hit two home runs and drove in seven. In Tuesday’s doubleheader, we also got to see a whole bunch of long home runs, including the two longest hit by Rockies players all season. Shockingly, DJ LeMahieu now leads the pack after his 467 foot blast, the longest of his career by a whopping 42 feet. After getting the split, the Rockies welcomed the San Francisco Giants to town looking to play spoiler.

Thursday – September 3 – San Francisco Giants (3) at Colorado Rockies (11)
W – Rusin (5-7)       L – Vogelsong (9-11)
HR: Gonzalez 2 (35), Arenado (34)
Players of the game:
Carlos Gonzalez – 4 for 5, 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI
Nolan Arenado – 3 for 5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI
Chris Rusin – 9 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, BB, 5 K

Friday, September 4 – San Francisco Giants (1) at Colorado Rockies (2)
W – De La Rosa (9-6)         L – Heston (11-9)     S – Axford (19)
HR: Gonzalez (36), Arenado (35)
Players of the game:
Jorge De La Rosa – 7 IP, 6 H, ER, 7 K
Nolan Arenado – 3 for 4, HR, RBI
Ben Paulsen – 2 for 2, BB

Saturday, September 5 – San Francisco Giants (7) at Colorado Rockies (3)
W – Peavy (5-6)       L – Bettis (6-5)
HR: Arenado (36)
Players of the game:
Jose Reyes – 2 for 4, 3B, RBI
Nolan Arenado – 1 for 4, HR, 2 RBI
Ben Paulsen – 1 for 4, 2B

Sunday, September 6 – San Francisco Giants (7) at Colorado Rockies (4)
W – Bumgarner (17-7)       L – Flande (3-2)       S – Casilla (32)
Players of the game:
Cristhian Adames – 2 for 4, 2 RBI
Brandon Barnes – 2 for 3
Jose Reyes – 2 for 4

In another series split, Gonzalez and Arenado continued to hit with three home runs apiece. Staff ace Jorge De La Rosa also had a brilliant start on Friday, picking up his ninth win of the season and dropping his ERA to 4.24 on the season. As with just about any veteran on the roster right now, his status for the 2016 season is uncertain, so enjoy the remaining (and possibly last) starts for one of the best pitchers in club history. Another plus from this series was that taking even two games from the Giants really hurt their playoff chances, so really well done there by the Rockies.

Now, it’s time to take a look at the best performances of the week with the player of the week, pitcher of the week, and longest home run of the week. Remember, you can find a running tally of all three on the right-hand side of the screen!

Rockies position player of the week: Nolan Arenado – 35 PA, .441/.457/1.029, 2 2B, 6 HR, 12 RBI, 290 wRC+

It was quite the week for Arenado. Home runs in six consecutive games paired with his typical outstanding defense was enough for 1.0 fWAR in only a week’s worth of games! It also raised his wRC+ to a career-best 120 as he continued to show why he’s such a special player. Here’s his home run from Saturday against the Giants, his sixth straight game with a homer:

Longest Rockies home run of the week: DJ LeMahieu – 467 feet

Arguably the unlikeliest Rockie to hit the longest home run of the season, LeMahieu defied all odds with his 467-foot moonshot on Tuesday afternoon. Not only is it the longest home run of the week, it’s the longest home run of the season for the Rockies! In fact, it’s the longest home run since Rosario’s 468-foot shot on June 10, 2014. Take a look at his long home run here:

Rockies pitcher of the week: Jorge De La Rosa – 1 start, 7 IP, 6 H, ER, 7 K, 1.29 ERA

The Rockies’ ace continued to be just that this week. His outstanding start added to his franchise-leading win and strikeout totals, giving him 78 and 866, respectively. Enjoy it while it lasts, because we just don’t know how much longer he’ll be around. Watch the highlights from his start here:

That’ll do it for week 22. Stay tuned for a look ahead to week 23 and don’t forget to subscribe, like View from the Rooftop on Facebook, and follow on Twitter.

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