WASHINGTON — Rockies all-star third baseman Nolan Arenado could discover his fate as soon as Friday. He expects to be suspended for his central role in the brawl between the Rockies and Padres on Wednesday. When all is said and done, and after the appeals have been handled by Joe Torre and his staff at Major League Baseball, Arenado could be suspended for four or even five games. We’ll see what happens. So what will the Rockies do in his absence? Remember, a team can’t simply call up a player from the minors to fill Arenado’s spot on the 25-man roster. Colorado will be a player short while he sits. Rookie Ryan McMahon, who’s been playing a part-time role as a first basemen, will likely get some extended playing time at third in Arenado’s absence. McMahon, who’s looked vulnerable to inside fastballs and off-speed pitches down and away, could use some more at-bats. He’s currently batting .059, with one hit in 17 at-bats with nine … [Read more...] about The Morning After: What happens when Rockies’ Nolan Arenado is suspended?
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After batters were plunked, punches were thrown, players were tossed and the dust had finally cleared, the Colorado Rockies emerged with a much-needed 6-4 victory over San Diego on Wednesday afternoon at Coors Field.The All-Star third baseman charged Luis Perdomo after almost being hit by a pitch perceived to be in retaliation for a series of hit batters on both sides early this season between the two clubs.But now Arenado, Perdomo, German Marquez, Gerardo Parra, and A.J. Ellis were thrown out as the Rockies hope to take down the Padres in Denver. He charged the mound, triggering a basebrawl that led to five ejections and enough bad blood to inspire another Taylor Swift hit.Prior to the brawl, the Padres hit Trevor Story in the first inning and the Rockies returned the favor by hitting Hunter Renfroe on the hand in the second.For now, all Nolan Arenado can do is play baseball and await his fate. Perdomo tried to ward off Arenado by tossing his glove, but it sailed over the Gold Glove … [Read more...] about Rockies, Padres Brawl After Nolan Arenado Charges The Mound
The Rockies and Padres brawled on Wednesday afternoon at Coors Field after San Diego starting pitcher Luis Perdomo threw behind Nolan Arenado in the third inning. Arenado tossed his bat away and charged the mound while Perdomo threw his glove at Arenado. The benches cleared, resulting in multiple ejections. Arenado chased Perdomo to the third base side of the mound as players rushed the field. Arenado took a swing at Perdomo but missed. Tension between the clubs began in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s game, when the Padres’ Manuel Margot was unintentionally plunked by Scott Oberg, landing Margot on the disabled list with bruised ribs. Wednesday, Perdomo hit Trevor Story with a pitch in the first inning; that was followed by the Rockies’ German Marquez beaning Hunter Renfroe in the second. By the time Arenado was thrown at in the third, things had reached a boiling point. Perdomo and Padres catcher A.J. Ellis were ejected, as was Arenado, Marquez and … [Read more...] about Rockies, Padres brawl at Coors Field after Luis Perdomo throws at Nolan Arenado
Rockies 8, Reds 2At Salt River Fields SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Rockies in recent days have settled into the lineup they likely will use Thursday to open the season in Phoenix against the Diamondbacks. It includes what they hope is a power-heavy middle of the order. That power manifested Friday when Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning off Reds veteran starter Homer Bailey. Arenado nailed an 0-2 fastball over the left-center field fence, a two-run shot that scored DJ LeMahieu. Gonzalez turned on a 1-1 curveball to right field. “They get that feeling when they’re in there together,” Colorado manager Bud Black said. “The time is nearing. Our guys sense the finish line. It’s nice to get them together and hitting in the lineup where they will mostly likely hit most of the time.” Arenado, who hit third in the order Friday, has four home runs this spring. Gonzalez’s homer was his first. Trevor Story … [Read more...] about Rockies settling into the power order they likely will use to start the season, around Nolan Arenado
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — If grades were handed out for the Rockies’ 2017 offense, it would get a D. For disappointment. Carlos Gonzalez, Trevor Story and newcomer Ian Desmond performed below expectations, and the offense suffered as a result. There also was a lack of execution on the bases, and through some maddening stretches, Rockies bats went cold with men in scoring position. On Thursday, second-year manager Bud Black ticked off the areas the team has worked on this spring training in an effort to rectify problems: situational hitting; getting runners in from third base with less than two outs; cutting down on the number of strikeouts; and improving base running and increasing the number of steals. “Every team, every hitting coach and every manager wants improvement in all areas,” Black said. On the surface, the Rockies’ offense looked powerful last season, finishing first in the National League in batting average (.273) and runs scored (824). MVP … [Read more...] about Nolan Arenado confident Rockies will rebound from offensive woes of 2017