The Colorado Rockies finished their 10-game homestand with their second straight sweep. After sweeping the Arizona Diamondbacks in four games, the Rockies finished off the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday 5-1 and are currently on an eight-game winning streak. They now head out on the road for an important three-game set with the Chicago Cubs, the team they beat last season in the National League Wild Card game.
As usual, Nolan was Nolan during the homestand. He went 19-39 with five home runs and 17 RBIs. His batting average is at an incredible .345 for the season, third best in the National League. The All-Star third baseman is also getting it done in the field. He made several key defensive plays helping his pitching staff get out of jams. Arenado is already making his case for National League MVP.
Trevor Story added to the offense and won the Rockies a second straight Player of the Week award after Arenado won the week previous. Story was dominant as he went 11 for 21 with two home runs, a triple and three doubles. On Friday against the Jays, Story went 3 for 4 with two homers and seven RBIs. Manager Bud Black rested him on Sunday so he can be ready against the Cubs. Trevor is continuing to display the firepower he demonstrated last season.
In what has been a weak spot so far this season, the starting pitching was effective this week as they gave the Rockies a chance at winning. German Marquez continues to be the dominant starting pitcher he was scouted to be, going 13.1 innings this week with 11 strikeouts and an earned run average of 4.12. Jon Gray was also dominant during his two games, throwing 12 innings and striking out 9 while giving up only two runs. He threw 6.2 innings of shutout ball against Toronto on Saturday.
The Rockies will look to continue their winning ways as they embark on a six-game road trip. First on the bill will be a rematch National League Wild Card game against the Chicago Cubs, followed by a three-game set against the New York Mets.
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