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Rockies-Giants Series Grades: Sweeping with a rake

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September 7, 2018

The Colorado Rockies pulled off a huge series sweep of the San Francisco Giants, jumping into the NL West lead with some massive performances.

As we do after each series, using our advanced statistics and our in-house all-encompassing metric DPR, we bring you our Rockies grades.

Note: The scores below are each player’s average DPR for the series. All Rockies stats and individual player profiles can be found here.

Trevor Story (154.61 — ): It doesn’t get any better than what Story was able to do against the Giants. Sure, he had a three-homer game to close things out with some absolute moon shots but he started off just as hot with a two-jack performance that got him five RBIs. That’s eight RBIs on 13 plate appearances, with six hits, and two stolen bases for good measure.

With our highest series DPR to date, Story’s season average has now jumped to above 70, putting him among the 15 best hitters in the National League.

Nolan Arenado (49.43 — D+): As Story’s DPR keeps soaring, Nolan’s has stalled a bit in a ho-hum series with one double and two walks. Arenado’s grade was brought down by three strikeouts and two of three games with a negative WPA.

Charlie Blackmon (75.51 — B+): Chuck got nasty in the first two games, with five singles, three runs, two stolen bases, and a walk. His 0-for day in game three, added to five strikeouts, hurt his grade which could’ve been much, much higher.

DJ LeMahieu (86.99 — A): This was a good showing by DJ who racked up a homer, a triple, and two singles, added to two walks on the series. He had a run in each game and was crucial in the game three ‘W’.

With a negative WPA in game two, his score was hurt a bit.

David Dahl (62.93 — C+): In his one start in game two, Dahl went yard with a solo home run, which usually would be enough for a high rating. The problem is he struck out three times in his other at-bats, which significantly lowered his grade.

Carlos Gonzalez (69.48 — B-): CarGo had a solid series getting a hit in each game, two of which were extra-base knocks. His highlight of the game was a three-RBI triple in the second game, though he ironically struck out twice hurting his rating.

Ian Desmond (45.07 — D+): Desmond had an ok series, with his best outing in game two with a double and a walk. He struggled in the other two games, with two Ks and a grounder into a double play in the series opener, and a strikeout in the final game with an 0-for outing.

Ryan McMahon(59.16 — C): In only three ABs the entire series, McMahon left his mark with a pinch-hit homer, a crucial knock to tie up game two, giving him a WPA of .214. His grade was brought down by the other two at-bats in which he struck out.

Matt Holliday (49.08 — D+): In two starts Holliday managed two singles and a walk while striking out three times. Nothing to write home about.

Chris Iannetta (60.79 — C+): Iannetta made a significant contribution with a double he ended up scoring on in game one, and two walks in the final outing. They won’t be doing any segments on Sports Center about his series but a solid contribution none the less.

Tyler Anderson (68.70 — B-): Anderson managed to bounce back a bit from a rough stretch, going 5.1 innings while allowing three runs and striking out seven. Across the board, he was better in this one conceding six hits with a positive WPA and a FIP of 2.97.

The only problem was that he allowed yet another home run, something he has now done in five straight games and in eight of his last 10 starts, giving up 12 HRs.

German Marquez (75.50 — B+): Marquez was excellent in game two, even if not at the levels of his two previous masterful starts. German still went 6.2 innings striking out 11 and allowing two runs. He’s now had eight consecutive quality starts as he’s just been spectacular lately.

Antonio Senzatela (47.44 — D+): In five innings, Senza was far from perfect but battled allowing nine hits but only three runs. He was the only starter on the series with a negative WPA, in his second-worst outings since getting back into the rotation in July.

Wade Davis (75.53 — B+): Davis was lights out in a big game-one save, striking out the side on 15 pitches. His game two appearance was much more of a struggle, allowing a hit and then walking another before getting a crucial double play and exiting unscathed. He’s been a rock lately and hasn’t allowed a run since August 9th.

Adam Ottavino (86.47 — A): Otto was terrific in two games, getting six outs without allowing any base runners. He “only” struck out one, which is a bit low for his typically alien like standards but was excellent none the less, bringing his ERA back below 2.00 in this series.

Seunghwan Oh (3.03 — F): Ouch. Oh really had a rough inning in game one getting taken yard twice for three runs, for a FIP of 28.16. He did strike out two but the damage was done.

Scott Oberg (96.31 — ⭐): Thank goodness for Oberg, who’s really been outstanding in his last few outings. Oberg was crucial in game three with two Ks as he pounded the strikes zone, throwing 17 of 12 pitches for strikes, for a FIP of -0.84.

Harrison Musgrave (93.85 — A+): Musgrave got the game three win in 1.1 masterful innings, as he struck out two and kept the Giants off the base paths. His 69-percent strike percentage was impressive with a .124 WPA and a FIP of 0.15

Yency Almonte (92.44 — A+): Almonte locked it down in 0.2 innings in both the first and third game of the series, with a K in each as he pounded the zone with a 0.13 FIP in both outings.

Chris Rusin (47.07 — D+): Rusin had two outings that went very differently; struggling in game one giving up two runs, and then coming into game two to get an out on three pitches by inducing a grounder.


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