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The final three games of the series did not go well for the Rockies. The Nationals managed to score 15, 11, and 16 runs in the final three games of the series. The Rockies played bad defense, their starters did not do well, and the bullpen struggled mightily, though it was not the fault of McGee, Ottavino, or Holland. The Rockies just have to be glad to be done with this series and they can now head off to Arizona, only a half game back of the Dbacks.
Thursday’s game saw the Nats recording an 11 run inning and whacking 19 total hits on the afternoon. The big concern here and the driver behind the inning was losing pitchers and not being able to finish hitters when they were down two strikes. This was really the case for the whole series and it is why the Nats often pushed across runs.
While this series certainly looks like the worst case scenario for how the Rockies could perform on the year, it should get better. They will get three big players back soon, with Ian Desmond likely being the first to return within the next week or two. And while the offense has not been terrible, the depth has been and any amount of help in that regard will be beneficial.
Kyle Freeland will open the series up against the Dbacks and the Rockies desperately need to get at least six innings out him. The bullpen is taxed and tired and can not keep up with the workload that was put on them in the last series. This is also an important series as it could show who the contenders and pretenders are for the West.