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Kiszla: Is Rockies’ offense so bad 38-year-old Matt Holliday should grab his bat and hop a plane to Denver?


Anybody have the cell number for Matt Holliday? The Rockies need your bat, Big Daddy. And fast. With the playoff race heating up, the Colorado offense is outta gas.

Chew on this: The Rockies can’t hit. Who would’ve thunk it?

“Baseball is a weird sport, man,” shortstop Trevor Story said Wednesday, after Colorado lost 4-3 to Pittsburgh.

Well, weird is probably too nice a word for what’s happening to the Rockies, whose bats are kind of like my car keys: Right here, somewhere, but danged if I can find ’em. So Story obliged me with other terms for the game’s current relationship with Colorado hitters.

“Cruel,” Story said. “Tough.”

If hitting is contagious, then so is frustration that can build when a batting order falls into a collective funk.

“Very contagious,” Story said, “for sure.”

Right now, a Colorado baserunner at third base is only 90 feet from home but might as well be standing on a planet in a galaxy far, far away.

In the bottom of the ninth, with the Rockies trailing by only a run and 35,702 spectators hanging around LoDo, waiting for a rally, the ballpark sound system might as well have played Jackson Browne’s “Running on Empty.”

From Charlie Blackmon to Nolan Arenado, there are big bats throughout the Colorado lineup, but during these dog days of summer, they sometimes appear too pooped to pop.

As the Rockies dropped the rubber match of a three-game series against the Pirates, Blackmon did contribute two hits, but Chuck Nazty might be showing the wear and tear of working long hours in the wide-open prairie that is center field at Coors Field, as he’s batting an unNazty-like .206 since July 22.

On an otherwise beautiful summer afternoon, the lone way Arenado reached base was by taking a 95 mph fastball to his left shoulder, which maybe should earn him a day off to let the purple fade from that bruise, except those mean-and-nasty Dodgers are coming to town. So there’s no rest for the weary.

Three is Colorado’s tragic number. In the past 16 games, which have seen the team lose nine times, the good guys have averaged a paltry 3.1 runs per game. During that span, the Rockies are hitting .228. The most dangerous bat in the lineup Wednesday might’ve belonged to German Marquez (.357 average). And he’s the pitcher.

Manager Bud Black diplomatically refers to this untimely slump as a “lull.” If this weren’t a family newspaper, I might suggest a more descriptive four-letter word. Truth be told, Colorado’s offensive consistency has been iffy proposition all season long.

“We need that to turn around,” Black said.

Maybe Black should grab the phone in the Colorado dugout and give Holliday a holler. What could it hurt?

For those of you who have lived in Denver only long enough to turn the endless traffic snarl on Interstate 25 into our own little Hotel California (“You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave”), teammates referred to Holliday as “Big Daddy” back in the day. It was a …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Sports

      

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