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.

Colorado Rockies Week 22 Preview: August 31-September 6

Who's ready for some Kyle Kendrick action this week? Photo Credit: Justin Edmonds - Getty Images North America
Who’s ready for some Kyle Kendrick action this week?
Photo Credit: Justin Edmonds – Getty Images North America

It’s a big week this week for the Colorado Rockies. Thanks to a doubleheader with the Arizona Diamondbacks, they play eight of their remaining 34 games this week. Kyle Kendrick and his 6.43 ERA will return for one of the games of the doubleheader on Tuesday as he tries to build some value for another team going into 2016 (I guess?). We’ll also see Jon Gray return to the Coors Field mound on Wednesday as he continues to look for his first Major League win. In the latter half of the week, the Rockies will look to play spoiler against the San Francisco Giants as they try to make a run at the playoffs. Here’s a quick look ahead to the rest of week 22.

Season record: 52-76 (5th in NL West, 20 GB)
Number of games this week: Eight (4 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 4 vs. San Francisco Giants)

Season record of this week’s opponents:
Arizona Diamondbacks – 63-67 (T-3rd in NL West)
San Francisco Giants – 69-61 (2nd in NL West)

Daily opponent and projected pitching match-up:

Monday, August 31 – Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies (6:40 PM MDT)
Robbie Ray (3-10, 3.86 ERA) vs. Chad Bettis (6-4, 4.69 ERA)

Tuesday, September 1 – Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies (1:10 PM MDT)
Patrick Corbin (3-3, 3.78 ERA) vs. Yohan Flande (3-1, 4.09 ERA)

Tuesday, September 1 – Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies (6:40 PM MDT)
Rubby De La Rosa (11-6, 4.46 ERA) vs. Kyle Kendrick (4-12, 6.43 ERA)

Wednesday, September 2 – Arizona Diamondbacks at Colorado Rockies (6:40 PM MDT)
Chase Anderson (6-5, 4.22 ERA) vs. Jon Gray (0-0, 6.00 ERA)

Thursday, September 3 – San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies (6:40 PM MDT)
Ryan Vogelsong (9-10, 4.19 ERA) vs. Chris Rusin (4-7, 4.94 ERA)

Friday, September 4 – San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies (6:40 PM MDT)
Chris Heston (11-8, 3.56 ERA) vs. Jorge De La Rosa (8-6, 4.40 ERA)

Saturday, September 5 – San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies (6:10 PM MDT)
Jake Peavy (4-6, 4.21 ERA) vs. Chad Bettis (6-4, 4.69 ERA)

Sunday, September 6 – San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies (2:10 PM MDT)
Madison Bumgarner (16-6, 2.97 ERA) vs. Yohan Flande (3-1, 4.09 ERA)

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Colorado Rockies Week 21 Review: August 24-30

Brandon Barnes was a real spark plus this week. Photo Credit: Todd Kirkland - Getty Images North America
Brandon Barnes was a spark plug for the Colorado Rockies this week.
Photo Credit: Todd Kirkland – Getty Images North America

Welcome to week 21 in review, where things actually weren’t too bad! Due to some things like the Colorado Rockies being on pace for a 66-96 season, not many people noticed, but a 3-3 road trip through Atlanta and Pittsburgh isn’t so bad. Not only that, the much maligned pitching staff was surprisingly pretty solid. They put up a 3.18 ERA, didn’t allow more than five runs in a game, and saw an 18 2/3 innings scoreless streak from the bullpen. Those are all good things, but it unfortunately led to just a 3-3 record with the offense failing to get much going.

Of note this week, Chad Bettis returned from the disabled list and had a solid start against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday, Carlos Gonzalez tied Bryce Harper for the National League lead in home runs with 31, and reliever Simon Castro picked up his first Major League win. Before we look at the rest of the week, let’s get an update on the reverse standings:

T-1 – Philadelphia Phillies – 52-79 (.397)
T-1 – Miami Marlins – 52-79 (.397)
3. Colorado Rockies – 52-76 (.406)
4. Cincinnati Reds – 53-76 (.411)
5. Atlanta Braves – 54-76 (.415)
6. Milwaukee Brewers – 55-75 (.423)
7. Oakland Athletics – 57-74 (.435)

Record this week 3-3
Overall record: 52-76 (5th in NL West, 20 GB of LAD)

Monday, August 24 – Colorado Rockies (3) at Atlanta Braves (5)
W – Teheran (9-7)   L – De La Rosa (7-6)           S – Vizcaino (4)
HR: Blackmon (15), Paulsen (10)
Players of the game:
Ben Paulsen – 2 for 3, HR, BB, RBI
Charlie Blackmon – 2 for 4, HR, RBI
Brandon Barnes – 1 for 2, RBI

Tuesday, August 25 – Colorado Rockies (5) at Atlanta Braves (1)
W – Bettis (6-4)       L – Foltynewicz (4-6)
Players of the game:
DJ LeMahieu – 3 for 4, 3 RBI
Chad Bettis – 5 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Jairo Diaz – IP, 0 R, K

Wednesday, August 26 – Colorado Rockies (6) at Atlanta Braves (3)
W – Castro (1-0)      L – Miller (5-11)       S – Axford (18)
HR: Barnes (2)
Players of the game:
Brandon Barnes – 3 for 4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI
Jose Reyes – 2 for 4, 3B, BB, 2 RBI, SB
Daniel Descalso – 2 for 3, 2B, BB, RBI

The series in Atlanta was a bright spot in a really rough season, with the Rockies taking two out of three and winning their first series in Atlanta since 2000. Jose Reyes continued to hit well and Brandon Barnes hit his second home run of the season. Up next on the docket were the Pittsburgh Pirates, one of the best teams in baseball and an immense challenge.

Thursday, August 27 – Day off

Friday, August 28 – Colorado Rockies (3) at Pittsburgh Pirates (5)
W – Watson (3-1)    L – Oberg (3-3)        S – Melancon (42)
HR: Reyes (7), Gonzalez (31)
Players of the game:
Jose Reyes – 2 for 4, HR, 2 RBI, SB
Christian Bergman – 1 2/3 IP, H, 0 R, BB, K
Carlos Gonzalez – 1 for 4, HR, RBI

Saturday, August 29 – Colorado Rockies (3) at Pittsburgh Pirates (4)
W – Happ (3-1)         L – Rusin (4-7)         S – Melancon (43)
HR: Hundley (10)
Players of the game:
Nick Hundley – 2 for 4, HR, 2 RBI
Brandon Barnes – 2 for 4, 2B
Ben Paulsen – 2 for 4

Sunday, August 30 – Colorado Rockies (5) at Pittsburgh Pirates (0)
W – De La Rosa (8-6)         L – Morton (8-6)
Players of the game:
Jorge De La Rosa – 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, BB, 7 K
Ben Paulsen – 2 for 3, 3B, BB, 2 RBI
Scott Oberg – IP, 0 R, 2 K

As most of us expected, the Rockies lost the series in Pittsburgh. It wasn’t all bad, however, as Reyes and Gonzalez both homered in game one, and Jorge De La Rosa tossed six scoreless innings in the series finale. De La Rosa was also ejected for the first time in his career after being less than pleased with home plate umpire Jeff Nelson’s strike zone. The timing was a bit strange, since you’d typically expect to see a pitcher get ejected while he’s struggling, not pitching well like De La Rosa was. Maybe it was just frustration from another long and frustrating season for the Rockies, but nonetheless the result of the game was great.

Now it’s time for a look at the top performers of the week. Don’t forget, you can check out the season-long leaderboards of the player of the week, pitcher of the week, and five longest Rockies home runs of the season on the right-hand side of the screen!

Rockies position player of the week: Ben Paulsen – 22 PA, .368/.409/.684, 2B, 3B, HR, 171 wRC+

It was a strong week for Paulsen as he showed that his beard is not the only key to his success. He hit his 10th home run of the season and raised his wR C+ on the season to 105 as he continues to make a case for the starting job at first base in 2016. Watch his home run that tied the game against the Braves on Monday:

Longest Rockies home run of the week: Carlos Gonzalez – 423 feet

There was only one home run for CarGo this week, but it was a long one. 423 feet doesn’t approach the top five Rockies home runs of the season, but it did raise his average home run distance on the season to 415.3 feet, the fourth longest in baseball (min. 15 HR). Watch his home run here:

Rockies pitcher of the week: John Axford – 3 appearances, 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

After going through a really rough patch, Axford appears to have turned it around of late. This week, he didn’t allow a run in his three appearances while picking up his 18th save of the season. The three scoreless outings lowered his ERA to 4.33 and his FIP to 3.86 on the season, the latter being his best number since 2011. He finished out his save with a strikeout on a 98 mph fastball, watch it here:

That’s it for week 21. Don’t forget to subscribe, like View from the Rooftop on Facebook, follow on Twitter, and look ahead to week 22 as the Rockies begin the last full month of the season.

Colorado Rockies Week 21 Preview: August 24-29

Dustin Garneau made his Major League debut last week and will look to earn a spot on the 2016 roster. Photo Credit: Justin Edmonds - Getty Images North America
Dustin Garneau made his Major League debut last week and will look to earn a spot on the 2016 roster.
Photo Credit: Justin Edmonds – Getty Images North America

Week 21 of the regular season is here and the Colorado Rockies have very little left to play for. They’ll head out on the road this week, which is typically a bad thing for them, but frankly it can’t go a whole lot worse than this past week went for them at home. The club will start off the week with what could be an important series for the reverse standings against the Atlanta Braves before heading to Pittsburgh for three games with the Pirates, one of the top teams in the league. The goal there quite honestly should just be to not get completely embarrassed. Here’s a quick look at the rest of week 21.

Season record: 49-73 (5th in NL West, 17 ½ GB of LAD)
Number of games this week: Six (3 at Atlanta Braves, 3 at Pittsburgh Pirates)

Season record of this week’s opponents:
Atlanta Braves – 53-71 (3rd in NL East)
Pittsburgh Pirates – 73-48 (2nd in NL Central)

Daily opponent and projected pitching match-up:

Monday, August 24 – Colorado Rockies at Atlanta Braves (5:10 PM MDT)
Jorge De La Rosa (7-5, 4.50 ERA) vs. Julio Teheran (8-6, 4.32 ERA)

Tuesday, August 24 – Colorado Rockies at Atlanta Braves (5:10 PM MDT)
Chad Bettis (5-4, 4.88 ERA) vs. Mike Foltynewicz (4-5, 6.06 ERA)

Wednesday, August 25 – Colorado Rockies at Atlanta Braves (5:10 PM MDT)
Yohan Flande (3-1, 3.94 ERA) vs. Shelby Miller (5-10, 2.50 ERA)

Thursday, August 26 – Day off

Friday, August 27 – Colorado Rockies at Pittsburgh Pirates (5:05 PM MDT)
Jon Gray (0-0, 5.94 ERA) vs. Francisco Liriano (9-6, 3.23 ERA)

Saturday, August 28 – Colorado Rockies at Pittsburgh Pirates (5:05 PM MDT)
Chris Rusin (4-6, 4.97 ERA) vs. J.A. Happ (5-7, 4.42 ERA)

Sunday, August 29 – Colorado Rockies at Pittsburgh Pirates (11:35 AM MDT)
David Hale (3-5, 6.15 ERA) vs. Charlie Morton (8-4, 4.06 ERA)

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Colorado Rockies Week 20 Review: August 17-23

The real story from this week is that Ben Paulsen shaved his beard. Photo Credit: Justin Edmonds - Getty Images North America
The real story from this week is that Ben Paulsen shaved his beard.
Photo Credit: Justin Edmonds – Getty Images North America

Welcome to week 20, where things continued to get worse for the Colorado Rockies. A 1-5 week in six home games gave the Rockies a slight lead in the race for the top overall pick in the 2016 draft, percentage points ahead of the Philadelphia Phillies and Miami Marlins. It’s disappointing that this is what the season has come to, but with 40 games left the Rockies draft positioning is one of their biggest storylines left. As of right now, here are the reverse standings in the race for the first pick:

1. Colorado Rockies – 49-73 (.402)
T-2. Philadelphia Phillies – 50-74 (.403)
T-2. Miami Marlins – 50-74 (.403)
4. Cincinnati Reds – 51-71 (.418)
5. Milwaukee Brewers – 53-72 (.424)
6. Atlanta Braves – 53-71 (.427)
7. Oakland Athletics – 54-71 (.432)

At the moment, it looks like those are the only seven teams with a realistic shot at grabbing the top overall pick, which also essentially guarantees that, barring something miraculous, the Rockies will have one of the top seven picks in what is projected to be a deep draft in 2016. Another high pick should give the Rockies a chance to build on what is already considered one of the top farm systems in baseball as they move toward what will hopefully be a contention window starting around the 2017 season.

There were a few other notable happenings this week. On the positive side, both Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez hit their 30th home runs, making them the first pair of Rockies teammates to hit 30 or more home runs in a season since Jeromy Burnitz, Vinny Castilla, and Todd Helton all did it in 2004. Yohan Flande also had the best start of his career as he allowed just two runs in seven innings against the Washington Nationals. On the not so positive side, Jon Gray experienced the first rough start of his Major League career when he allowed seven earned runs in just 1 2/3 innings against the New York Mets. It’s just one start, so it’s nothing to be too concerned over, but that doesn’t make it any more fun to watch. Unfortunately, Gray’s was not the worst start of the week for the Rockies. The following day, Chris Rusin allowed 11 earned runs in just two innings of work. His game score of -11 was the worst in Major League history for a pitcher in the start immediately following a complete game shutout. If you dare, here’s a look at the rest of week 20.

Record this week: 1-5
Overall record: 49-73 (5th in NL West, 17 ½ GB of LAD)

Monday, August 17 – Day off

Tuesday, August 18 – Washington Nationals (15) at Colorado Rockies (6)
W – Zimmermann (9-8)    L – Miller (1-2)
HR: Gonzalez (28), Reyes (5), Parker (2)
Players of the game:
Jose Reyes – 4 for 5, 2B, HR, RBI
Nolan Arenado – 3 for 5, 2 2B, RBI
Kyle Parker – 2 for 3, HR, BB, RBI

Wednesday, August 19 – Washington Nationals (4) at Colorado Rockies (1)
W – Strasburg (7-6)            L – Betancourt (2-4)           S – Papelbon (20)
Players of the game:
Jorge De La Rosa – 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 6 BB, 6 K
Nolan Arenado – 1 for 3
Charlie Blackmon – 1 for 4

Thursday, August 20 – Washington Nationals (2) at Colorado Rockies (3)
W – Flande (3-1)      L – Scherzer (11-10)              S – Axford (17)
Players of the game:
Yohan Flande – 7 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K; 2 for 3, RBI
Jose Reyes – 3 for 4, 2B, RBI
Carlos Gonzalez – 1 for 2, 2 BB

In the first series of the week, the Rockies dropped two out of three to the Nationals, but there were at least some positives to look at. Jose Reyes had his best series in a Rockies uniform as he collected seven hits and hit his first home run. They also got quality starts from Flande and Jorge De La Rosa, and beat Nationals’ ace Max Scherzer for the second time in as many tries. It wasn’t a great series, but they were at least (for the most part) competitive, which frankly is about as good as it gets for the Rockies right now. After this series, the Mets came to town and did not play nice at all.

Friday, August 21 – New York Mets (14) at Colorado Rockies (9)
W – Gilmartin (2-1)              L – Friedrich (0-4)
HR: Gonzalez (29), Paulsen (9), Arenado (30)
Players of the game:
Nolan Arenado – 3 for 5, 2 2B, HR, 4 RBI
Nick Hundley – 3 for 3, 2B, 3B, BB, RBI
Carlos Gonzalez – 2 for 4, HR, BB, RBI

Saturday, August 22 – New York Mets (14) at Colorado Rockies (9)
W – Niese (8-9)       L – Rusin (4-6)
HR: Blackmon (14), Reyes (6)
Players of the game:
Kyle Parker – 2 for 3, 2B, 3B, BB, 4 RBI
Charlie Blackmon – 2 for 5, HR, 2 RBI
Jose Reyes – 2 for 4, HR, RBI

Sunday, August 23 – New York Mets (5) at Colorado Rockies (1)
W – Verrett (1-0)     L – Hale (3-5)
HR: Gonzalez (30)
Players of the game:
Simon Castro – 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, K
Carlos Gonzalez – 1 for 4, HR, RBI
DJ LeMahieu – 1 for 3, BB

There’s not a lot to say about this one. The Rockies got absolutely throttled by the Mets in all three games here on their way to being swept. The first two games were done in by the pitching staff that allowed 14 runs twice in a row while the third game was done in by the offense managing only one run. Searching for some positives here, Kyle Parker had his best game as a big leaguer in the second game of the series, notching a double and a triple while driving in four. Beyond that…um…Jose Reyes hit another homer? There’s really not a lot to go on here. It wasn’t pretty.

Moving on, let’s have a look at the top performers from the past week. Team-wise it was bad, but there were still a few standout performances that we’ll find as we name the Rockies position player and pitcher of the week and take a look at the longest home run hit by a Rockies this week. We’re getting close to the end of the season, so be sure to keep track of the full season leaderboards on the right-hand side of the screen!

Rockies position player of the week: Jose Reyes – 23 PA, .409/.409/.773, 2 2B, 2 HR, 211 wRC+

Jose Reyes might not be in a Rockies uniform for long, but that didn’t prevent him from having a great week this week. He was finally productive and hit his first two home runs with the club, his fifth and sixth of the season. Here’s a look at the first one that put the Rockies ahead 4-2 on Tuesday night:

Longest Rockies home run of the week: Ben Paulsen – 445 feet

Paulsen just missed a spot in the top five with this home run with this one, coming up just a foot short in his ninth of the season and the longest homer of his career. Also impressive was that he took it to the opposite field. The solo shot off Bartolo Colon made a blowout slightly less of a blowout as it got the Rockies within five of the Mets in the second inning on Friday night. Watch the blast here.

Rockies pitcher of the week: Jorge De La Rosa – 1 start, 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 6 BB, 6 K

The Rockies’ all-time wins leader didn’t get a win for his performance on Wednesday night against the Nationals, but he did a fantastic job of working around traffic to twirl six shutout innings and give the team a chance to win. Of course, the Rockies would ultimately lose the game, but De La Rosa lowered his ERA to 4.50 on the year while adding six more strikeouts to his franchise-leading total of 849. Watch his start here:

That’ll do it for week 20. Be sure to subscribe, like View from the Rooftop on Facebook, follow on Twitter, and check out a look ahead to week 21 of the regular season.

Colorado Rockies Week 20 Preview: August 17-23

It's possible that only one of these three guys will be around at the start of the 2016 season. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac - Getty Images North America
It’s possible that only one of these three guys will be around at the start of the 2016 season.
Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac – Getty Images North America

The Colorado Rockies will play more games this week. They aren’t exactly important in terms of who wins or loses, but some of the individual performances could be meaningful. Rookie starting pitcher Jon Gray will take the mound on Friday night against Bartolo Colon of the New York Mets as he tries to continue the strong start to his Major League career, and David Hale is scheduled to make two starts this week after coming off the disabled list with a strained groin. He’ll be looking to show that he deserves consideration for a roster spot in 2016. There are also the performances of position players like Carlos Gonzalez and Jose Reyes that could either boost or harm their trade value, which is also something to consider. Only 46 games left, so enjoy them while they last! Here’s a look ahead to week 20.

Season record: 48-68 (5th in NL West, 18 GB)
Number of games this week: Six (3 vs. Washington Nationals, 3 vs. New York Mets)

Season record of this week’s opponents:
Washington Nationals – 58-59 (2nd in NL East)
New York Mets – 63-55 (1st in NL East)

Daily opponent and projected pitching match-up:

Monday, August 17 – Day off

Tuesday, August 18 – Washington Nationals at Colorado Rockies (6:40 PM MDT)
Jordan Zimmermann (8-8, 3.34 ERA) vs. David Hale (3-4, 5.69 ERA)

Wednesday, August 19 – Washington Nationals at Colorado Rockies (6:40 PM MDT)
Stephen Strasburg (6-6, 4.62 ERA) vs. Jorge De La Rosa (7-5, 4.75 ERA)

Thursday, August 20 – Washington Nationals at Colorado Rockies (6:40 PM MDT)
Max Scherzer (11-9, 2.73 ERA) vs. Yohan Flande (2-1, 4.19 ERA)

Friday, August 21 – New York Mets at Colorado Rockies (6:40 PM MDT)
Bartolo Colon (10-11, 4.58 ERA) vs. Jon Gray (0-0, 2.40 ERA)

Saturday, August 22 – New York Mets at Colorado Rockies (6:10 PM MDT)
Jon Niese (7-9, 3.50 ERA) vs. Chris Rusin (4-5, 3.99 ERA)

Sunday, August 23 – New York Mets at Colorado Rockies (2:10 PM MDT)
Matt Harvey (11-7, 2.57 ERA) vs. David Hale (3-4, 5.69 ERA)

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Colorado Rockies Weeks 18 & 19 Review: August 3-16

Jon Gray made his first three Major League starts in the last two weeks. Photo Credit: Justin Edmonds - Getty Images North America
Jon Gray made his first three Major League starts in the last two weeks.
Photo Credit: Justin Edmonds – Getty Images North America

Thanks to my wedding (which was an absolute blast and the time of my life), there was no week 18 review last week. So here it is as a mega-weeks 18 and 19 ultra-review! At this point in the season, the actual results of the games are somewhat irrelevant, as the Colorado Rockies are completely out of the playoff race and playing for 2016 and beyond. Their 48-68 record on the year is the third worst in baseball, setting them up for the third pick in what is supposed to be a stacked 2016 draft, so that’s certainly good news if you want a way to put a positive spin on things.

The real story from the past two weeks, however, was Jon Gray. After making his Major League debut on August 4th against the Seattle Mariners, Gray made three starts over the past two weeks and looked outstanding in doing so. Pitching on a pretty strict 75-pitch limit, Gray has thrown 15 innings and allowed just four earned runs (2.40 ERA) on 10 hits while walking four and striking out 14. It’s clearly still very early, but so far Gray has looked every bit the ace the Rockies hoped he’d be. Let’s take a look at the rest of the action from the past two weeks.

Record this week: 4-9
Overall record: 48-68 (5th in NL West, 18 GB of LAD)

Monday, August 3 – Seattle Mariners (8) at Colorado Rockies (7)
W – Hernandez (14-6)        L – Butler (3-8)       S – Smith (10)
Players of the game:
Charlie Blackmon – 4 for 6, 2 2B, RBI
Nick Hundley – 3 for 5, RBI, SB
Ben Paulsen – 2 for 5, 2B, 2 RBI

Tuesday, August 4 – Seattle Mariners (10) at Colorado Rockies (4)
W – Rasmussen (1-0)         L – Friedrich (0-3)
HR: Blackmon (13), Hundley (9), Parker (1)
Players of the game:
Nick Hundley – 2 for 4, HR, 2 RBI
DJ LeMahieu – 2 for 4, SB
Jose Reyes – 1 for 4, 2B, BB

Wednesday, August 5 – Seattle Mariners (5) at Colorado Rockies (7)
W – Flande (2-1)      L – Guaipe (0-3)      F/11
HR: Gonzalez (22), McKenry (4)
Players of the game:
Carlos Gonzalez – 2 for 5, HR, 3 RBI
Ben Paulsen – 3 for 5, 2B, RBI
Michael McKenry – 1 for 5, HR, 2 RBI

The Rockies started off these two weeks hosting an interleague series against the Seattle Mariners. They dropped two of the three games as they continued to struggle in interleague play. On the bright side, Charlie Blackmon played well with a four-hit game in the first game of the series and his 13th home run of the season in the second. Carlos Gonzalez continued to swing a hot bat as well, hitting his 22nd home run of the season in the series finale. The middle game here was Jon Gray’s debut where he allowed three runs (two earned) in four innings of work before the bullpen came in and imploded, eventually allowing the Mariners to score 10 runs.

Thursday, August 6 – Day off

Friday, August 7 – Colorado Rockies (5) at Washington Nationals (4)
W – Oberg (2-3)       L – Storen (2-1)       S – Kahnle (1)
HR: Gonzalez (23)
Players of the game:
Carlos Gonzalez – 2 for 4, HR, 4 RBI
Nolan Arenado – 3 for 4, 2B
Tommy Kahnle – IP, 0 R, BB, 2 K

Saturday, August 8 – Colorado Rockies (1) at Washington Nationals (6)
W – Strasburg (6-5)                        L – Butler (3-9)
HR: Arenado (27)
Players of the game:
Charlie Blackmon – 2 for 3, 2 2B
Nolan Arenado – 1 for 3, HR, RBI
Justin Miller – 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, BB, 2 K

Sunday, August 9 – Colorado Rockies (6) at Washington Nationals (4)
W – Axford (4-5)      L – Storen (2-2)       S – Kahnle (2)
HR: Gonzalez 2 (25), Descalso (4)
Players of the game:
Carlos Gonzalez – 2 for 5, 2 HR, 2 RBI
Daniel Descalso – 1 for 2, HR, BB, RBI
Ben Paulsen – 2 for 4, 2B

Things continued to look good for the Rockies as they took on the Washington Nationals and once again won two out of three games. The first game of the series was a lot of fun as CarGo hit a late, go-ahead grand slam and Tommy Kahnle picked up his first career save on his birthday. The series finale included two more CarGo homers and another Kahnle save, and the Rockies headed to New York feeling pretty good about themselves.

Monday, August 10 – Colorado Rockies (2) at New York Mets (4)
W – Niese (7-9)        L – Miller (1-1)         S – Familia (31)
HR: Gonzalez (26)
Players of the game:
Jon Gray – 6 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Carlos Gonzalez – 1 for 4, HR, 2 RBI
Nick Hundley – 2 for 3

Tuesday, August 11 – Colorado Rockies (0) at New York Mets (4)
W – Harvey (11-7)    L – Rusin (3-5)
Players of the game
Chris Rusin – 6 IP, 8 H, ER, BB, 5 K
Ben Paulsen – 1 for 3, 2B
Rafael Betancourt – IP, 0 H, 0 R

Wednesday, August 12 – Colorado Rockies (0) at New York Mets (3)
W – deGrom (11-6) L – De La Rosa (7-5)           S – Familia (32)
Players of the game:
Jorge De La Rosa – 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
DJ LeMahieu – 2 for 4, 2B, SB
Michael McKenry – 0 for 2, 2 BB

Thursday, August 13 – Colorado Rockies (3) at New York Mets (12)
W – Syndergaard (7-6)       L – Butler (3-10)
HR: LeMahieu (5), Arenado (28)
Players of the game:
DJ LeMahieu – 1 for 3, HR, RBI
Nolan Arenado – 1 for 3, HR, RBI
Kyle Parker – 1 for 2, BB

This is where things started to go astray. The Rockies were swept in four games at the hands of the New York Mets and were more or less blown away by the trio of Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, and Noah Syndergaard. The only significant positive to take away from this series was, of course, Jon Gray’s outstanding performance in the series opener. He allowed just one run and one hit in six great innings and really showed his ace potential, flashing a 95+ mph fastball with run along with a sharp slider. For the most part, however, this was a depressing series.

Friday, August 14 – San Diego Padres (9) at Colorado Rockies (5)
W – Norris (1-0)      L – Roberts (0-1)
HR: Arenado (29)
Players of the game:
Nolan Arenado – 3 for 4, HR, BB, 2 RBI, SB
Brandon Barnes – 2 for 3, 3B, 2 RBI, SB
DJ LeMahieu – 2 for 4, 2 2B

Saturday, August 15 – San Diego Padres (7) at Colorado Rockies (5)
W – Quackenbush (2-2)     L – Kahnle (0-1)      S – Kimbrel (33)
Players of the game:
Jon Gray – 5 IP, 4 H, ER, 5 K
Nolan Arenado – 2 for 4, 2 RBI
Nick Hundley – 3 for 4, RBI

Sunday, August 16 – San Diego Padres (0) at Colorado Rockies (5)
W – Rusin (4-5)       L – Kennedy (7-11)
HR: Gonzalez (27)
Players of the game:
Chris Rusin – 9 IP, 5 H, 0 R, BB, 4 K
Michael McKenry – 1 for 3, 2B, 3 RBI
Carlos Gonzalez – 1 for 4, HR, RBI

Last but not least, the Rockies hosted the San Diego Padres. Pitching was once again the story for the Rockies in this series. Gray was phenomenal in the middle game of the series as he allowed just a run on four hits in five innings. He also struck out five, didn’t walk a batter, and threw 50 of his 69 pitches for strikes. The Rockies are now 0-3 when Gray starts, but that really doesn’t matter given his strict pitch count and how good he’s looked when he has been out there. Not to be upstaged, Chris Rusin came out in the series finale and tossed a complete game shutout. It was the 28th complete game shutout in franchise history and the team’s first since Tyler Matzek shutout the Padres on September 5th of last year. It also put a stop to a six-game losing streak and prevented the Rockies from having a winless week.

Now, it’s time to look at some of the best performances from the last two weeks. There will be a player of the week, pitcher of the week, and longest home run of the week for both week 18 and week 19, and remember you can always check on the season leaderboards on the right-hand side of the screen!

Rockies position player of the week (week 18): Carlos Gonzalez – 26 PA, .320/.346/.840, 2B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 209 wRC+

CarGo continued to stay hot in week 18, taking home his fourth consecutive player of the week honor. He hit four more home runs and drove in nine and has really gotten back to being the all-star caliber player we’ve all come to expect him to be. His biggest hit of the week was his go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals. Watch it here:

Longest Rockies home run of the week (week 18): Carlos Gonzalez – 455 feet

This was another long and significant home run from CarGo, as it tied up the game in the sixth inning. The 455-foot shot was the third longest home run hit by a Rockies player this season and you can watch it here:

Rockies pitcher of the week (week 18): Tommy Kahnle – 3 appearances, 3 IP, H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K, 0.00 ERA, 2 saves

Earning the first save of your Major League career is cool, doing it by striking out the best hitter in the league on your birthday is even cooler. Kahnle had a strong week in week 18 as he didn’t allow a run in three innings and picked up his first two saves, but the highlight moment was his strikeout of Bryce Harper to end the game on August 7th. He was pretty pumped

Rockies position player of the week (week 19): DJ LeMahieu – 26 PA, .333/.385/.583, 3 2B, HR, 3 SB, 143 wRC+

LeMahieu continues to have a breakout year as he earns his fourth player of the week honor of the season, tying CarGo for the team lead. He hit his fifth home run of the season and stole his 16th, 17th, and 18th bases as he raised his wRC+ on the season to 106. Take a look at his opposite field home run off Noah Syndergaard:

Longest Rockies home run of the week (week 19): Carlos Gonzalez – 431 feet

Once again, CarGo hit the longest home run of the week for the Rockies this week. This one was off Ian Kennedy of the Padres and it gave the Rockies a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on Sunday. You can see it here

Rockies pitcher of the week (week 19): Chris Rusin – 2 starts, 15 IP, 13 H, ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 0.60 ERA

I thought Jon Gray was a lock to be the guy I talked about here for week 19. Then Chris Rusin went out and threw a complete game shutout on Sunday afternoon to completely change all that. The shutout for him dropped his ERA all the way down to 3.99 on the year to go with a 4.12 FIP and 3.76 xFIP as he continues to make a case to be in the 2016 rotation. You can see the highlights from his great outing here.

That’s all for weeks 18 and 19. Be sure to subscribe, like View from the Rooftop on Facebook, follow on Twitter, and take a look ahead to week 20 of the regular season. Thanks for reading!