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
|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
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
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.