Colorado Rockies Week 25 Review: September 21-27

Corey Dickerson is a great hitter. Photo Credit: Dustin Bradford - Getty Images North America
Corey Dickerson is a great hitter.
Photo Credit: Dustin Bradford – Getty Images North America

The 25th week of the regular season consisted of the final seven home games of the season for the Colorado Rockies as they continue to play out the string. The week started out horribly as the Rockies were swept by the Pittsburgh Pirates, but improved significantly in the second half of the week when they swept the Los Angeles Dodgers to prevent them from clinching the division at Coors Field. The sweep of Los Angeles also helped the Rockies to avoid having their worst home record in franchise history — they’ll finish the season 36-45 at home – and it also assured them that they will finish no worse than last season’s 66-96 mark.

During this week’s action, catcher Tom Murphy hit his second and third big league home runs and Nolan Arenado hit his 40th and 41st of the season. Arenado needs two doubles in the final six games of the season to become to join Hal Trosky in 1936 as the only players in Major League history with 40+ home runs, 40+ doubles, and fewer than 40 walks in a season. Carlos Gonzalez also hit his 38th and 39th home runs and is knocking on the door of the first 40 home run season of his career. Let’s take a look at the rest of the week that was.

Record this week: 3-4
Season record: 66-90

Monday, September 21 – Pittsburgh Pirates (9) at Colorado Rockies (3)
W – Burnett (9-5)   L – Gray (0-2)
HR: Murphy (2)
Players of the game:
Corey Dickerson – 2 for 3, 2B, BB
Tom Murphy – 1 for 3, HR, 3 RBI
Justin Morneau – 3 for 4

Tuesday, September 22 – Pittsburgh Pirates (6) at Colorado Rockies (3)
W – Happ (6-2)       L – Rusin (5-9)         S – Melancon (49)
HR: Rosario (6)
Players of the game:
Wilin Rosario – 2 for 3, HR, BB, RBI
Charlie Blackmon – 2 for 4, RBI, SB
Scott Oberg – 1 1/3 IP, H, 0 R, K

Wednesday, September 23 – Pittsburgh Pirates (13) at Colorado Rockies (7)
W – Blanton (4-0)   L – Bergman (3-1)
HR: Dickerson (7), Murphy (3)
Players of the game:
Tom Murphy – 2 for 4, HR, 3 RBI
Corey Dickerson – 3 for 5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI
Rex Brothers – IP, H, 0 R, 3 K

Thursday, September 24 – Pittsburgh Pirates (5) at Colorado Rockies (4)
W – Blanton (5-0)   L – Diaz (0-1)           S – Melancon (50)
Players of the game:
Nolan Arenado – 2 for 4, 2 2B, BB, 2 RBI
Chad Bettis – 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
Corey Dickerson – 2 for 5

This series was downright ugly. Pittsburgh took all four games by a combined score of 33-17 and it was readily apparent which team was a playoff team and which team was in last place. In the series finale, Chad Bettis put together another quality start and dropped his ERA on the season to 4.38 in 109 innings. He should get one more start next week as he looks to finish the season strong. Corey Dickerson also continued to do nothing but hit since coming off the disabled list as he had at least two hits in three out of the four games in the series. Things were very sad as the Dodgers came into town.

Friday, September 26 – Los Angeles Dodgers (4) at Colorado Rockies (7)
W – Hale (5-5)          L – Bolsinger (6-5)  S – Axford (25)
HR: Blackmon (17), Gonzalez (38), Dickerson (8)
Players of the game:
Corey Dickerson – 3 for 4, HR, 2B, 3 RBI
David Hale – 5 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Carlos Gonzalez – 2 for 3, HR, BB, RBI

Saturday, September 27 – Los Angeles Dodgers (6) at Colorado Rockies (8)
W – Miller (3-2)      L – Garcia (3-4)
HR: Arenado (40), Gonzalez (39)
Players of the game:
Carlos Gonzalez – 3 for 5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI
Justin Morneau – 4 for 4, 2B, RBI
Nolan Arenado – 1 for 4, HR, 4 RBI

Sunday, September 27 – Los Angeles Dodgers (5) at Colorado Rockies (12)
W – Rusin (6-9)      L – Wood (11-12)
HR: Arenado (41)
Players of the game:
Nolan Arenado – 2 for 3, HR, BB, 5 RBI
Rafael Ynoa – 2 for 5, 2B, RBI
Wilin Rosario – 2 for 3, RBI

This series was much happier! The Rockies swept the Dodgers for the first time since 2007 (there will be no World Series appearance this season though, sorry) and prevented them from getting to celebrate on the Rockies’ home field. Justin Morneau had a great game on Saturday night as he went 4-for-4 in a game that was finished off by Gonzalez’s walk-off home run. Dickerson continued to hit with three more knocks that included a home run on Friday night and David Hale turned in a quality performance on the mound as well. It was a great way to cap off the home portion of what has been an extremely difficult season.

Now it’s time to look at the stand out performances with the player, pitcher, and longest Rockies home run of the week! Don’t forget to check out a running tally of what is almost the complete leaderboard on right-hand side of your screen (the bottom if you’re visiting via mobile).

Rockies player of the week: Corey Dickerson – 28 PA, .481/.500/.889, 5 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 276 wRC+

Dickerson was absolutely on fire this week with seven extra base hits in seven games while he reached base in half of his plate appearances. He raised his wRC+ on the season to 125. He has now made hard contact over 40 percent of the time and looks to be a great asset for the Rockies heading into 2016. Here’s the first of his two home runs last week:

Longest Rockies home run of the week: Corey Dickerson – 452 feet

This one just missed being one of the five longest home runs of the season, but it was still quite the blast. It put the Rockies ahead 7-1 on Friday against the Dodgers. Watch his homer here.

Rockies pitcher of the week: Chad Bettis – 1 start, 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Bettis continued to be one of the Rockies’ best pitchers this week as he put together another quality start against the Pirates. He should make one more start next week to try to put a capper on his first successful Major League season. Here’s one of his six strikeouts:

That’s all for week 25. Only one more week until the long, depressing offseason. Be sure to stay tuned for a look ahead to the 26th and final week of the regular season and subscribe, like View from the Rooftop on Facebook, and follow on Twitter.

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