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The Rockies may have one the first game of their series against the Dodgers, but they also received the news that Trevor Story would be done for the year and would get thumb surgery. Story injured his thumb twice in the game Saturday against the Mets when he slid into second and dove for a ground ball. The injury was a torn UCL in his thumb and is definitely a big hit to the Rockies lineup.
The good news is the Rockies did win the game and that they still have a strong first six batters in their lineup. Short stop is now arguably their weakest position as Daniel Descalso, Cristhian Adames, and Rafael Ynoa will man the position. Descalso is easily the best of these three, but he is still not an every day player. He fills in well and gives a quality at bat, but he lacks the power and home run ability of Story. Adames has been average at best and nothing special the rest of his playing time. Ynoa is nothing more than a minor league player that honestly has no real right playing in the bigs. He plays hard, but just doesn’t have the ability of a major league short stop.
The worst part of Story’s injury is Corey Seager is now basically guaranteed to win rookie of the year. It was a race between Aledmys Diaz, Story, and Seager, but both Diaz and Story are now injured for a significant time and will not be much competition. Seager and Story were really the rookie stars of the National League this year and depending on what numbers you look at, a good argument could be made for either. Seager gets the benefit of national coverage because of playing for the Dodgers while Story gets harmed because of the “Coors Field effect” and the Rockies being a small market team.
The end to Story’s season is definitely a disappointment, but the Rockies have still being doing a lot of great things and the win last night against the Dodgers brought them back to .500 and put them closer in the wild card. They got only five innings out of Jon Gray, but they were a good five innings and it earned him another win. The offense did their job as well and the Rockies came away with a 7-3 win.
The Dodgers runs came in the eighth (2 runs) and ninth (1 run) innings and by that time they were already out of the game. Jake McGee did continue to struggle as he allowed a run in his only 0.2 innings pitched. The bullpen overall was only alright, but the offense supported the team enough for that to not matter.
The Rockies will go for a quick series win on Wednesday with Tyler Anderson facing Kenta Maeda. It is a duel between rookie pitchers and a win will put the Rockies over .500 for the first time in a long time.