Sunday 4x4: Dahl, a Darling off the Bench

David Dahl was back in the starting lineup on Sunday. It's only his 76th big-league appearance, and he has what scouts call "a slow heartbeat." Translation: He can handle a pressure situation.

Despite his lack of experience, Dahl, who turned 24 on April 1, has shown an ability to come off the bench and produce in situations like Saturday night when he singled to drive in the Rockies final run in a 2-0 win against the Mets.

He is a career .470 hitter in 15 at-bats off the bench, including 4-for-9 with three RBI in a pinch-hit role.

Dahl Off The Bench in the Bigs

Date Opponent AB R H RBI HBP BB SO
8/8/2016 Tex L 4-3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
8/16/2016 Was W 6-2 1 0 1 2 0 0 0
8/26/2016 @Was L 8-5 2 1 1 0 0 0 1
9/2/2016 Ari W 14-7 2 0 1 1 0 0 0
9/5/2016 SF W 6-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
9/12/2016 @Ari L 12-9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/14/2016 @Ari L 11-6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/16/2016 SD W 8-7 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
9/21/2016 StL W 11-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/23/2016 @LAD L 5-2 2 1 1 0 0 0 1
9/24/2016 @LAD L 14-1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/28/2018 @Mia L 4-1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
4/30/2018 @ChC L 3-2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
5/4/2018 @NYM W 8-7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/5/2018 @NYM W 2-0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0
Totals .470 BA, .530 OBP 15 3 7 4 1 1 3

Pinch-hitting has not been a strength for the Rockies. They rank 14th in the NL with a .140 batting average. Their .232 slugging percentage ranks 14th, also, ahead of only the Phillies (.217). 

Ouch, Don't Pinch

Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP
Cubs 27 37 5 13 3 0 1 10 6 6 0.351 0.442
Dodgers 32 63 7 20 2 1 1 10 9 19 0.317 0.419
Brewers 27 43 5 12 2 0 1 3 5 6 0.279 0.367
Padres 29 41 2 10 2 0 0 4 5 16 0.244 0.326
Giants 30 50 5 12 4 0 0 5 4 15 0.24 0.309
Braves 30 46 5 10 1 0 1 5 6 17 0.217 0.308
Reds 30 43 3 9 1 0 0 1 5 17 0.209 0.306
Marlins 27 52 4 10 2 0 2 4 6 13 0.192 0.276
D-backs 29 43 6 8 3 0 1 6 10 15 0.186 0.345
Mets 28 50 10 9 4 0 0 6 11 12 0.18 0.339
Cardinals 29 37 7 6 3 0 0 3 7 15 0.162 0.319
Pirates 28 39 3 6 1 1 0 3 7 10 0.154 0.277
Phillies 28 42 1 6 1 0 1 3 3 17 0.143 0.217
Rockies 31 50 3 7 1 0 0 2 5 22 0.14 0.232
Nationals 31 46 4 6 1 0 0 2 5 17 0.13 0.255

 With his first-inning home run on Saturday, Charlie Blackmon has 10 home runs on the road this year, only one at home. Remember, though, the Rockies played 22 of their first 34 games on the road. And for all that is made out of the advantage of hitting at Coors Field, Blackmon has hit 60 of his 122 big-league home runs on the road, and had more home runs on the road than at home in 2016 and 2015.

Swinging for the Fences

Year Home Road Total
2011 1 0 1
2012 1 1 2
2013 3 3 6
2014 13 6 19
2015 7 10 17
2016 12 17 29
2017 24 13 37
2018 1 10 11
Total 62 60 122

Chris Iannetta usually starts three games in a row and then gets a game off. He, however, was not in the starting lineup on Sunday after getting two days off (Thursday and Friday) and then returning to the lineup on Saturday. Call it taking advantage of the schedule.

Iannetta was hit by a pitch on the left forearm in the eighth inning on Saturday. He did stay in the game, scoring the final run in the 2-0 victory on Dahl's pinch single, and then caught both the eighth and ninth innings.

"He going to be fine," said manager Bud Black. "He took a pretty square blow to his left forearm When he came back to the bench he felt good."

With the Rockies off on Monday, however, it made sense to give Iannetta a breather to allow any soreness to subside.

Tony Wolters is labeled the backup catcher, but has done a good job handling the staff.

CATCHER'S COMPARISON

Player G GS Innings SB CCS SB% CS CS% CERA PB
Tony Wolters 13 12 110.2 7 4 63.6 4 36.4 3.5 2
Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Chris Iannetta 23 81 10 18 3 0 3 10 10 22 0.222
Tony Wolters 16 43 2 6 0 0 1 6 5 13 0.14