The bashing ways of the Colorado Rockies have disappeared as of late.
The Rockies lost three of four to the Arizona Diamondbacks over the weekend and struggled to come through with the big hit all series long. The team has now lost six of eight, and has fallen into a tie with the Diamondbacks in the National League West at 15-10.
The series with Arizona has been maddening for the Rockies at the plate, as the team went 7-for-39 with RISP in the series while stranding 31 men on base during the four-game stretch.
Even more troubling for the Rockies is that Troy Tulowitzki was hurt on Sunday’s loss. The star shortstop hurt his left shoulder sliding into home and is listed as day-to-day. Combined with the struggles of Carlos Gonzalez, things do not bode well for this offense. If Colorado misses their third and fourth hitters in the lineup for an extended amount of time, the slide could continue into May.
The Diamondbacks’ pitching rotation is no slouch. Patrick Corbin has an ERA under 2.0. Wade Miley walked seven guys and escaped without giving up a run — in fact, he walked four guys in the first inning and the Rockies didn’t score a run. Trevor Cahill has struggled all month but came up with a strong performance against Colorado.
The Rockies are not going to win without hitting the ball all over the ballpark. They promoted hotshot prospect Nolan Arenado to add more pop to third base and will need him to be a serious jolt to the team, especially in the clutch hitting department, or they will continue to slide down the standings.
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