Dodgers: NL West week in review
First Place: Colorado Rockies: 24-15
The surging Colorado Rockies are having their best start in franchise history. After a 4-3 week against the two teams who were in the NLCS last season, the Rockies have to feel good about where their team is at after the first two months of the season. The Rockies took 2 out of 3 against the defending world champion, Chicago Cubs and we’re able to get away with a series split against the Dodgers.
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The Rockies were led by their newly signed outfielder, Ian Desmond and first baseman, Mark Reynolds who both hit around .350 and had 10 RBI together. Mark Reynolds has really been a pleasant surprise this season, hitting an uncanny .326 with 12 home runs on the season. Reynolds is widely known for his ability to hit the ball out of the ballpark but normally doesn’t tend to hit for average. The .326 batting average is by far the best of his career, and 33 RBI are a good match with Nolan Arenado in the middle of the lineup.
The Rockies have been able to start the season so hot even without the production of Carlos Gonzalez early on. Gonzalez has been really quiet to start the season and is hitting a mere .213 with 2 home runs on the year. Don’t expect CarGo to be held down for the entire season, as he is known as a streaky hitter. Gonzalez had a solid week against the Dodgers and hit .304 this past week with 5 RBI.
The Rockies have really been able to control first because of their quality pitching they’ve been getting from their bullpen and rookie starting pitchers. Rookie Kyle Freeland has a 3-2 record and an ERA at 2.93 on the season. His ability to pitch well to start his career has given the Rockies a new element to their team that they really haven’t had in the last decade.
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The Rockies will be on the road this week, facing the Twins and Cincinnati Reds. This week will actually kick off their ten game road trip after an 11 game home stand.