Brewers 5, Rockies 4Saturday at American Family Fields, Phoenix, Ariz. On the mound: Jon Gray, who’s had an excellent spring (2.55 ERA, 22 strikeouts vs. one walk), bounced back from a tough third inning to deliver a solid line: five innings, four hits, two runs, no walks and eight strikeouts. Gray was pleased with his ability to climb the ladder when he fanned Eric Thames in the fourth on a 97 mph fastball and when he struck out Lorenzo Cain with another high fastball in the fifth. … Milwaukee teed off on closer Wade Davis for two runs on three hits, the big swing a two-run, two-out home run by Mike Moustakas. … Righty reliever Scott Oberg, Colorado’s likely eighth-inning reliever, pitched a solid inning, striking out two. He has yet to be scored upon this spring. At the plate: Nolan Arenado had his best day at the plate, batting 3-for-3 with three hard-hit line drives, including an RBI double … Trevor Story blasted a two-run homer in the first off former … [Read more...] about Rockies Recap: Nolan Arenado bats 3-for-3; Trevor Story homers
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Nolan Arenado insists it’s too early to comment on the National League MVP race, one sure to be headlined down the homestretch by himself and Braves’ first baseman Freddie Freeman. And while much of his candidacy for the award is dependent upon whether the Rockies can hang around long enough to make a serious run at the divisional title in September, Colorado’s third baseman believes his 2018 ceiling is yet to be reached. “Obviously, I hear some things about the MVP chase, but there’s so many games left — we have a month and a half left, and a lot at-bats in front of me,“ Arenado said. “I feel like I can get better. I haven’t been playing my best ball lately, so hopefully I continue to improve down the stretch.” Heading into Friday, Arenado ranked second in the National League in home runs (29), tied for third in RBIs (82) and sixth in batting average (.308). And with the glove, he’s ranked first among all NL third … [Read more...] about Journal: Nolan Arenado will let his play speak for itself, but believes his MVP campaign still hasn’t reached its ceiling
Kiz: Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado is the best player in the National League. Period. Isn’t that obvious to anyone who lives in Colorado and watches Arenado blast loud home runs and make jaw-dropping plays with his glove? But it’s the rest of the country I worry about. What does Arenado have to do in order to overcome the bias against Coors Field and be crowned the most valuable player? Saunders: I think the Rockies will have to win the National League West or, at the very least, stay in the race until the final week of the season. I do think a lot of voters have seen enough highlights to appreciate Arenado, but the mile-high stigma is tough to overcome. After all, Arenado’s home OPS is 1.120 vs. .847 OPS on the road. Kiz: A year ago, Arenado finished fourth in the MVP voting, in no small part because Charlie Blackmon enjoyed the best season of his career and split support with his Colorado teammate. So with Chicago Cubs infielder Javy Baez a legit MVP … [Read more...] about Kiz vs. Saunders: What must Rockies’ Nolan Arenado do to be named MVP of NL?
MILWAUKEE — With a third of the season remaining, it’s looking like a two-way race between Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman and Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado for National League MVP. There are a few things to consider here. First off all, neither all-star has ever finished in the top three in voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Second, the race could very well come down to which team plays better down the stretch. If the Braves beat out the Phillies for the NL East title, Freeman will garner some momentum, but if the Rockies find a way to beat out the Dodgers and Diamondbacks for Colorado’s first division title, Arenado will win the award. Freeman is a terrific first baseman, but he doesn’t change a game on the diamond the way Arenado does. Entering the weekend, here’s a basic statistical comparison: Freeman: .315 batting average, 18 home runs, 69 RBIs, .926 OPS and 4.6 WAR Arenado: .308 batting average, 28 … [Read more...] about Saunders: Nolan Arenado’s MVP chase, the Tooth Trot and other topics
Denver Post sports writer Patrick Saunders posts his Rockies Mailbag every other week on Tuesdays during the season and once per month during the offseason. Pose a Rockies — or MLB — related question for the Rockies Mailbag. Does anybody know whether a Nolan Arenado trade is going to happen or not? There’s been some talk about how he’s getting really sick of losing so much with the Rockies, and people hear that he’s demanding to be traded, and if he’s traded, they’re in a hole. I just want to know because the Rockies are my favorite team and I can’t stand watching them lose, it breaks my heart to see them struggling.— Matt, Waterford Matt, I’m guessing you wrote this before the Rockies’ recent hot streak (15 wins in 19 games heading into a two-game series with the Astros). First of all, Arenado has never demanded to be traded. In fact, that topic has never come up. It’s likely to become a topic this winter, but … [Read more...] about Rockies Mailbag: Nolan Arenado update, MLB trade deadline, podcast talk and more