Jon Gray gave up Paul Goldschmidt’s three-run homer in the first inning and four runs total in 1 1/3 innings — the shortest postseason start in Rockies history — to put his team in a hole in an eventual 11-8 loss to the D-backs in the National League Wild Card Game.
Coming off six straight sub-.500 seasons, the Rockies believed they had the talent to make a major jump. And despite a myriad of injuries, young pitchers performed solidly through the early months, and otherworldly performances put center fielder Charlie Blackmon and third baseman Nolan Arenado in the thick of NL Most Valuable Player Award consideration.
The Rockies and Diamondbacks have battled all season long in the National League West, and now they’ll battle one more time to extend their seasons. Here are the Statcast facts you should know heading into the NL Wild Card Game.
The Rockies and the D-backs face off for the 20th time this season in the NL Wild Card game, but which NL West division rival has the edge? Both side have their strengths, so let’s break it down position by position.
Statistically, Riley Pint’s season left a lot to be desired. However, numbers rarely tell the whole story and the struggles that the Rockies No. 2 prospect endured can ultimately be a learning experience and source of growth for the young right-hander.
Sam Hilliard may have flown a bit under the radar after being selected in the 15th round of the 2015 Draft, but after another strong season, Hilliard is starting to climb his way up prospect charts.
The dirt path from the pitcher’s mound to the home-plate area is a cool little touch at Chase Field. To Rockies right-hander Jon Gray, who will start tonight’s National League Wild Card Game there, it seems a path to happiness.
Including Cactus League games, the Rockies will face the D-backs for the 22nd time this year when they play the National League Wild Card Game at Chase Field on Wednesday.
Rockies closer Greg Holland handled the wild ride of the final two months of the regular season calmly.
During the supposedly pressure-packed run-up to the postseason, Carlos Gonzalez leaned against the bat rack in the Rockies’ dugout at Coors Field, undid his batting gloves and smiled like a man who is right where he belongs — no matter how long that may be.
Ian Desmond, who has played left field and first base for the Rockies, figures to play a prominent role against the D-backs in tonight’s National League Wild Card Game at Chase Field.