Nolan Arenado got things rolling for the Colorado Rockies on Sunday with a three-run homer in the bottom of the first, and they never looked back.
The Rockies defeated the Braves 7-2 to complete a sweep in the fourth and final game of their series. The team improves to 47-51, just four games under .500 as we approach the trade deadline.
The home team outscored the Braves a combined 26-12 during the four game series, racking up wins of 7-3 on Thursday, 4-3 on Friday, 8-4 on Saturday and 7-2 on Sunday.
“We didn’t play well in any facet of the game,” said Braves outfielder Jeff Francoeur. “We didn’t hit and we didn’t pitch great. It was just a disappointing series.”
The Rockies have now beaten the Braves in 6 out of 7 games played since the All-Star break.
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The big question now looming over the Rockies is what to do in advance of the trade deadline, which is only a week away.
More than likely, it’s time to begin selling off pieces and looking for ways to build strength and depth on the roster for next year. And yet, the team remains tantalizingly close to relevance as the calendar approaches August.
It has been reported that the Washington Nationals are interested in center fielder Charlie Blackmon. Some are also wondering if now might be the time to move Carlos Gonzalez in order to get maximum value for a player who only has one year left on his deal.
The Rockies are currently 11 games out of first place in the NL West and 6 games back in the National League’s wild card race.
They are headed to Baltimore for 3 games starting on Monday. That’s immediately followed by a 4 game series on the road against the New York Mets, a team currently sitting on the wild card bubble.