At 30-17, the Colorado Rockies have the best record in the National League and the second-best record in all of baseball, trailing only the Houston Astros (31-15).
It isn’t a fluke.
“They are not going away,” MLB Network analyst Joe Magrane said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “That is a tremendous lineup. Charlie Blackmon is on an MVP pace out of the leadoff spot.”
Blackmon is hitting .325 with a .361 OBP. He has 11 homers, 11 doubles, and leads the majors with 40 RBIs.
The Rockies, by the way, rank second in the majors in runs scored (241) – and yet, it’s their pitching that has them atop the NL West. Antonio Senzatela, 22, is 6-1 with a 3.67 ERA, while Kyle Freeland, 24, is 5-2 with a 3.31 ERA.
“They may have figured out how to actually pitch in Colorado,” Magrane said. “They have the youngest pitching staff in baseball, they all have outstanding stuff, they all throw with tremendous arm strength, and they have guys that don’t throw a tremendous amount of innings. I’m not going to say every night is going to be a bullpen night, but they’re not going to have their starters go a long way – and that’s going to help them with the recuperative process, along with being young. When they get Trevor Story back, when they got Jon Gray back, who was their No. 1 pitcher, and David Dahl, they (could) end up becoming better than they are right now.”
In the American League, meanwhile, there is speculation that Boston manager John Farrell may be losing control of the locker room.
Magrane, however, doesn’t think that is necessarily the case.
“I think there’s always going to be a problem with the manager in Boston,” he said. “They burned Tito Francona at the stake when he left, and look at what he went off and did with Cleveland.”
Francona has led the Indians to the playoffs in two of his four seasons in Cleveland, including a World Seres appearance last year.
Farrell, by the way, met with Red Sox executive Dave Dombrowski on Tuesday to discuss the team, which, at 23-21, is just 3.5 games behind the Yankees (26-17) in the AL East.
“It’s my feeling that this is a team that is going to be right there at the very end,” Magrane said. “The Yankees might be there too, but (the Red Sox) just have not hit their stride as a team. They haven’t hit with power, but it’s not so much because of David Ortiz. They’ve had a black hole of no hitting over at third base, much like the Yankees have had as well. But I don’t think the problem with John Farrell is as much as it’s blown up to be – because I don’t think John would have been in that strategic meeting yesterday if he was in big-time trouble.”