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Rockies-Nationals Series Grades: Multiple stars and one goat

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October 2, 2018

With two big wins and one costly loss, the Colorado Rockies won yet another series against the Washington Nationals.

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.

Nolan Arenado (107.46 —⭐): With a monster 162nd game, Nolan closed the season off strong with two jacks and a walk after taking one out the park in game two as well, putting him in the NL lead for HRs. Just what the doctor ordered. He had a double in game one too, in his best series since mid-September in Arizona.

Charlie Blackmon (101.35 —⭐): Arenado’s DPR in game 162 was his third best of the year, while Blackmon with a 181.19 produced a season-best rating as he hit for the cycle. His game one appearance in the series was great as well, 95.83, thanks to a solo homer.

Trevor Story (72.85 — B): Story didn’t get going until game three, with a solo jack, an RBI-single, a stolen base, and a walk. The rest of the series was nothing to write home about as he walked once and struck out twice in two games.

DJ LeMahieu (52.30 — C-): DJ’s highlight against Washington was an RBI single in game three; he had another single in game two in a pretty quiet series.  

David Dahl (67.55 — B-): You know a guy is hot when “only” homering in two of three games is slowing down. Aside from going yard, Dahl did strike out four times in the three games and only walked once, though he did produce four RBI.

Carlos Gonzalez (70.91 — B): CarGo had a solid series with two singles, a double and a homer. He was a valuable contributor in the first two outings, though he fell off a bit in a two K game three.  

Ian Desmond (58.93 — C): Desi started the series off strong and cooled off a bit after that. He went from a two-RBI jack in game one, to single and a walk in the second game, to a two-strikeout game three.

Gerardo Parra (29.56 —F): In three plate appearances in two games against the Nationals, Parra only walked and struck out once.

Chris Iannetta (97.37 —): Iannetta managed to hit in each game of his two starts with a homer and double in addition to two walks and two runs.

Tony Wolters (28.55 — F): In his one appearance in game two, Wolters could only manage a strikeout in four plate appearances. Nothing to see here.

Kyle Freeland (60.26 — C+): Freeland had a nice start in game one, as he was once again masterful with guys on base. Colorado’s talented lefty allowed 11 hits and walked one, but only two of those scored in six innings, as his ERA went down to 2.85, his lowest of the year.

Jon Gray (-2.08 — F): Gray has scored a negative DPR only twice this year and both came in September. His game two outing was a true disaster as he gave up seven hits and five runs in two innings.

Tyler Anderson (87.84 — A): Anderson came into game three and was extraordinary, with his best DPR since July 4th. In 7.2 innings he shut the Nats down, conceding four hits and three walks in a scoreless outing.

Chad Bettis (67.28 — B-): Tasked with coming into game two after Gray’s start, Bettis did an admirable job in three innings, even if he was far from perfect allowing two hits and a run off a solo homer. His FIP of 6.16 was pretty ugly but he had a positive WPA which really helped his grade.

Wade Davis (96.42 —): With a save in game one, Davis came in and dominated the Nats lineup, striking out two and inducing a grounder on 11 pitches to close things out. He recorded a negative FIP for the sixth time in September in 11 outings.

Adam Ottavino (90.74 — A+): Otto was back to his old ways in game one, throwing seven of six pitches for strikes to get three outs as he looked unhittable striking out one and leading to a quick grounder and fly ball.

Seunghwan Oh (81.59 —A-): With only one out to go in a blowout game three win, Oh got a fly ball out and was done for the rest of the series.

Scott Oberg (73.95 —B): Oberg came into game one and recorded two outs with two strikeouts after allowing a hit. In 14 appearances in September, 13 of those have been scoreless outings.

Chris Rusin (71.66 — B): Rusin came into game three after resting for five days, and did quick work in an inning, allowing a hit but then striking out one and inducing two groundball outs.

Jake McGee (17.40 —F): After a rough outing against the Phillies, McGee’s game two appearance in 1.1 innings versus the Nats wasn’t much better, as he allowed two runs off of two hits and walked another.

Sam Howard (11.75 — F): Thrown into the fire in game two, Howard struggled giving up two hits, two walks, and a run, his first earned run of the season in four appearances.

Harrison Musgrave (81.09 —A-): Musgrave did a nice job in game one, inducing a grounder to get the one lefty-on-lefty out he was asked to get.


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