The Rockies had a rough weekend and it continued into the series opener in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Murphy returned to the big league club today after a stint in the minor leagues with the Isotopes. Murph, hitting .289 with 16 dingers, 45 RBI’s, and 34 runs scored with Triple A Albuquerque, brought that same spark to the big club on Tuesday going 3 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI’s, one of which coming late in a 9th inning rally with the bases loaded that was eventually cut off by an Arenado strikeout. (He didn’t go.. (I actually don’t know because I was listening in my car))
Jon Gray started on the bump and despite the 4 earned runs I think he pitched an above average game, going 6 innings and fanning 10 in the 5-4 loss to the Phils. Although you may have noticed some control issues with his fastball, his velocity was sitting pretty in the 94-97 MPH range. I’m going to give Gray the benefit of the doubt because the rest of the bullpen seems to have forgotten how to play baseball apparently. Isn’t it great when a team shells out $100M to their bullpen and it ends up being a dumpster fire?
In hindsight it’s only June and I believe the Rockies have a chance to be contenders. They have all the pieces but they need to play as a cohesive unit. In my personal unprofessional opinion, it is better to see a team slump early in the year rather than in late August or God forbid, September. So keep those heads up, take 2 from the Phils and head into the Ballpark in Arlington with a full head of steam.
PS living in Denver these Rockies are growing on me, there I said it. Go Rockies *sings Your Love walking away*