Carlos Gonzalez and Nolan Arenado Leading the Colorado Rockies Through Rough Waters
Tyler Chatwood was given a boost from the Colorado Rockies offense in his return from triceps soreness Saturday. The Rockies offense would strike quickly, scoring six against Philadelphia Phillies starter Jonathan Pettibone in the first inning.
In his first start in two weeks, Chatwood showed some early control issues with wild pitches and three walks but all in all had a good effort surrendering two runs in five innings. The bullpen that has struggled of late would give up three runs reminding the Mile High followers of the Friday night blown five-run loss to the Phillies.
Losing the lead, however, would not be an option on Saturday and the Rockies three game slide has mercifully ended.
The shot in the arm for Colorado has to be the offensive effort the last two days. Minus big gun Dexter Fowler and bigger gun Troy Tulowitzki the Rockies combined for 17 runs Friday and Saturday.
Josh Rutledge who was called up for the injured Tulowitzki hit a two run blast Friday. Tyler Colvin hit his third since joining the big club one week ago, a three run blast in the first inning. Even the pitchers have joined the hit parade as Juan Nicasio drove in two RBIs Friday and Chatwood went two for two Saturday with an RBI.
The offensive explosion has involved the entire Rockies’ lineup top to bottom, but the inspiration has to be Carlos Gonzalez. CarGo, who is sporting a wrist band with an embroidered number two for injured team mate Tulowitzki, appears to be on a personal mission to carry this team through their recent hardships. In two days he has reached base seven out of ten appearances with six hits including a double and homerun. And it’s not just his bat, it’s the leadership and attitude he’s spreading to the rest of the club.
On the defensive side of the ball it’s a rookie setting the tone. It is my hopes that the entire league has taken notice of Nolan Arenado. His offensive production is respectable, but his glove is nothing short of “golden” and it is my humble opinion that he deserves consideration for said award if his defensive prowess continues through out the season.
I’m not sure how this season is going to end for Colorado, but the ride has certainly been one to remember. A team pegged by most to be the proverbial doormat of the NL West when the season opened has been nothing short of a resilient and gritty team that will not lie down. They have certainly been knocked down on many occasions this season, but each time they jump back up swinging.
There are a handful of unknowns as the season carries forward because of injury and a plethora of roster tweaks. One thing you can count on, you’ll get a fight when you take the field against the 2013 Rockies.