Monday 4x4: Marquez Right On Vs. Lefties
One day can create a panic mode.
German Marquez suffered through that on Sunday. After giving up seven hits in nine at-bats against left-handed hitters, the media wanted to know what manager Bud Black could do to help alleviate Marquez's problems against lefties.
Black, however, looked at the big picture instead of one day. The picture that shows left-handers have hit .224 against Marquez this year, and prior to Sunday were a combined 4-for-40 against him.
"Let's see how it plays out as the season progresses," said Black. "As with any pitcher it's about commanding the fastball and getting the breaking ball down."
Rockies pitchers vs. left-handed hitters this year, and Marquez Game-By-Game
|Marquez By Game||AB||H||2B||3B||HR||RBI||BB||HB||SO||AVG||OBP||SLG|
You don't think baseball is a game of streaks? Well check out Trevor Story. He is suddenly alive, and well, and a key part of the Rockies lineup. In the last week, he has hit .450, raising his season average from .190 to .244.
|Last 6 Games .450 avg||20||2||9||2||1||1||6||4||5|
|Season .244 average||82||8||20||4||1||4||12||10||31|
What's a strikeout really mean? Not much. The Rockies struck out a season-high 15 batters on Sunday, and lost. In fact, in the 14 games in which they have struck out eight or more batters this season they are 7-7.
Charlie Blackmon hit is eighth home run on Sunday, tied for the MLB lead. It, however, was his first at Coors field. The home run was the 119th of his career, which moved him ahead of Brad Hawpe into sole possession of 10th place on the Rockies all-time home run list. He also scored his 500th career run and had his 900th hit.
Rockies Career Home Run Leaders