Colorado Rockies Off to a Slow Start Offensively

DENVER, CO - APRIL 09: Carlos Gonzalez
DENVER, CO - APRIL 09: Carlos Gonzalez /
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(Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
(Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /

Led last year by Charlie Blackmon who led MLB in average, hits and runs the Rockies offense has plenty of punch.

Add in Nolan Arenado finishing second in RBI and the top of the Rockies order has some big-time punch.

Arenado and Blackmon also combined for 74 Home Runs last season.  The Rockies efforts to re-sign Carlos Gonzalez for the season should extend that punch.  While he was down last season, CarGo is a spectacular hitter.  A return to form would make the Rockies offense scary.  DJ LeMahieu for his part hit .310.  He added 64 RBI.

Of that group, only Arenado is currently duplicating last year’s performance.  Nolan is hitting .318 with 6 RBI in the early going.  His steady play both in the field and at the plate rate him among the best third basemen in the game.

Offseason signing Chris Ianetta is hitting .333 to lead the Rockies offensive players.

Curiously, the Rockies offense is being provided mostly via Home Run.  They are middle-of-the-pack with a ..227 team average but they are third in Home Runs with 17.

Players that can and need to perform, like Ian Desmond, Carlos Gonzalez and Trevor Story have yet to find their stride in the box.  It’s unreasonable to believe that some combination of those three will break out and provide the Rockies some offensive punch.

Any headway made on the offensive end is going to be offset if the Rockies can’t sort out their pitching situation: