Nolan Arenado is rolling for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Monday 18 April 2016 at 10:16 am

Let Trevor Story get all the ink, because I’m sure that 25-year old righty swinging 3B Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies would rather sneak up on teams.  If that is even possible!  After all, he played in 157 games for the Rockies last year in which he was 177 of 616 (.287 avg, .898 OPS) with 97 runs scored, 42 homers (led National League), 130 RBIs (led Major Leagues) and 2 stolen bases.  He was an All-Star and he won a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger Award for the Rockies in 2015.  He also finished 8th in the voting for the N.L. MVP Award in 2015.  He is off to another blazing start as he cranked two solo homers yesterday at Wrigley Field to power the Rockies to a 2-0 win!  He has played in 12 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 14 of 50 (.280 avg, 1.021 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 6 homers and a Major League leading 16 RBIs!  The Rockies hope that Arenado keeps up the good work as he is one of the very best all-around players in baseball right now.

The bench is off to a good start for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Friday 8 April 2016 at 7:44 am

The Colorado Rockies‘ bench is looking impressive so far this year.  Righty swinging OF Ryan Raburn has played in all 3 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 2 for 5 (.400 avg, 1.400 OPS) with 1 run scored, 1 homer and 1 RBI.  Righty swinging outfielder Brandon Barnes has played in 2 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 2 for 3 (.667 avg, 1.417 OPS), but he has already been caught stealing twice.  Lefty swinging 1B Ben Paulsen has played in 2 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 2 for 4 (.500 avg, 1.500 OPS) with 1 run scored and 2 doubles.  These guys might not start a lot of games in 2016, but they will play in a lot of games due to the pinch hitting needs of the Rockies.  I don’t see many complete games out of their starting rotation in 2016.

The double play combo for the Colorado Rockies have been raking this year

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 7 April 2016 at 8:06 am

27-year old righty swinging 2B D.J. LeMahieu and 23-year old righty swinging SS Trevor Story are raking at the plate for the Colorado Rockies so far this year.  LeMahieu played in 3 games against the D-Backs and he was 6 for 10 (.600 avg, 1.800 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 2 homers and 4 RBIs.  Story came into this season as the Rockies’ #8 prospect according to Baseball America.  He is showing why so far this year.  Story played in 3 games against the D-Backs and he was 4 for 14 (.286 avg, 1.429 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 4 homers and 7 RBIs.  Story has hit at least one homer in all three of the Rockies’ games so far, which is amazing.  The Rockies scored 20 runs and whacked 10 homers in the opening series against the D-Backs and that allowed them to win 2 of their first three games.

Gerardo Parra might not be a great fit for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Saturday 2 April 2016 at 10:24 pm

28-year old lefty swinging LF Gerardo Parra was given a nice contract from the Colorado Rockies over the winter.  He played in 155 games for the Orioles and Brewers last year in which he was 159 of 547 (.291 avg, .780 OPS) with 83 runs scored, 14 homers, 51 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.  Parra has not posted big numbers in Coors Field so far in his career.  He has played in 48 games at Coors Field so far in his career and he is 49 of 173 (.283 avg, .725 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 0 homers, 12 RBIs and 8 stolen bases there.  Parra will help the Rockies’ D as he has won two Gold Gloves so far in his career.

Charlie Blackmon has been impressive for the Colorado Rockies in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 29 September 2013 at 6:41 am

Injuries opened up P.T. for 27-year old lefty swinging outfielder Charlie Blackmon and he has taken full advantage of it.  He has played in 81 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 74 of 242 (.306 avg, .798 OPS) with 34 runs scored, 6 homers, 21 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.  He is a hacker at the plate though as he has whiffed 48 times while only walking six time so far this year.  Blackmon has now played in 150 games in his first three years with the Rockies and he is 131 of 453 (.289 avg, .733 OPS) with 58 runs scored, 9 homers, 38 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.

Michael Cuddyer is finishing the 2013 season strongly for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 18 September 2013 at 6:46 am

34-year old righty swinging RF Michael Cuddyer is ripping the ball in September for the Rockies.  He has played in 14 games for the Rockies so far in September and he is 22 of 54 (.407 avg, 1.089 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 3 homers, 13 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Cuddyer has now played in 124 games overall this year for the Rockies and he is 154 of 465 (.331 avg, .928 OPS) with 72 runs scored, 20 homers, 81 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.  Cuddyer is currently tied for the team lead in runs scored (72), #4 in homers (20), #1 in RBIs (81) and he is tied for 4th in stolen bases (10) on the Rockies in 2013.  He is also currently leading the National League with a .331 batting average.

Todd Helton is likely playing his last games for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 8 September 2013 at 6:55 am

40-year old lefty swinging 1B Todd Helton is likely playing his last games with the Rockies this month, as his contract expires after this season.  Helton has played in 107 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 83 of 332 (.250 avg, .737 OPS) with 31 runs scored, 13 homers and 51 RBIs.  Helton has now played in 2,230 games in his 17 years with the Rockies and he is 2,503 of 7,897 (.317 avg, .955 OPS) with 1,391 runs scored, 367 homers, 1,396 RBIs and 37 stolen bases.  Helton is the all-time leader in Rockies’ history in games played (2,230),  hits (2,503), runs scored (1,391), homers (367), RBIs (1,396), doubles (585) and walks (1,330).  He is also #3 in batting average (.317), #2 in OBP (.415), tied for #6 in SLG (.540), #3 in OPS (.955) and #4 in triples (37) in Rockies’ history.  He is the best player in Rockies’ history and it will be sad to see him go, but the time is right to move on.

Wilin Rosario is having another nice year for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Saturday 24 August 2013 at 10:54 am

24-year old righty swinging Wilin Rosario has established himself in his short major league career as one of the best hitting catchers in all of baseball.  Rosario has played in 105 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 110 of 389 (.283 avg, .799 OPS) with 54 runs scored, 20 homers, 70 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  He is currently tied for the Rockies’ lead in RBIs (with Carlos Gonzalez) and he is also #5 on the team in runs scored and #3 in homers.  Rosario has now played in 238 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 228 of 839 (.272 avg, .813 OPS) with 127 runs scored, 51 homers, 149 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  Rosario is looking like a player the Rockies can build around in the future.

Corey Dickerson is rolling at the plate for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Friday 16 August 2013 at 8:02 am

24-year old lefty swinging outfielder Corey Dickerson came into this season as the Rockies’ #13 prospect according to Baseball America.  He played in 75 games in AAA-ball for the Rockies this year and he was 117 of 315 (.371 avg, 1.046 OPS) with 61 runs scored, 11 homers, 50 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  The Rockies then called up Dickerson to replace Dexter Fowler (injured) on the active roster and he has played really well in his first taste of the majors, so far.  Dickerson has played in 33 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 25 of 78 (.321 avg, .919 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 2 homers, 8 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  The Rockies hope that Dickerson keeps up the good work moving forward.

The Colorado Rockies are getting solid work out of their catchers in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by joelapinski on Thursday 4 July 2013 at 11:50 am

24-year old righty swinging catcher Wilin Rosario is doing the heavy lifting behind the plate for the Rockies so far in 2013.  He has played in 70 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 70 for 254 (.276 avg, .800 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 13 homers, 41 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  When Rosario needs a break, 34-year old Yorvit Torrealba takes over behind the dish.  Torrealba has played in 36 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 29 of 97 (.299 avg, .727 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 0 homers and 9 RBIs.  The Rockies are in good shape behind the plate no matter who is playing on a given day and that’s a good thing.

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