The Colorado Rockies are the undisputed best-hitting team in baseball. Leading the league in just about every offensive category, including runs, hits, home runs, and batting average, the Rockies have plenty of players having arguably the best seasons of their careers. Unfortunately, one player who hasn’t been producing at the level he’s shown he’s capable of is Wilin Rosario.
Rosario was a pleasant surprise for the Rockies last season, hitting .292 while having the sixth-most hits, second-most home runs, and third-most RBIs of any catcher in baseball. At just 25 years-old, the Rockies were hoping that Rosario could occupy the catcher’s position for many years to come. This year, however, Rosario might be the only everyday player on the Rockies not hitting the ball all that well. Rosario is hitting just .250 for the season with four home runs and 18 RBIs.
Thankfully, things may be looking up for the man nicknamed “Baby Bull.” On Sunday, Rosario came off the disabled list after dealing with a nasty viral infection that caused him to miss thirteen games. While he collected a hit in Sunday’s contest, it looked like Rosario found his stroke in last night’s affair.
Though Nolan Arenado’s walk-off, two-run double ultimately led the Rockies to victory over the San Francisco Giants by a score of 5-4, Rosario was instrumental in getting his team the win. Rosario kicked off the scoring with an RBI double in the 4th. Then, with his team down 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth, Rosario hit a mammoth 2-run homer to left field off Madison Bumgarner to tie the score at 3. Since coming off the DL, Rosario has said that the viral infection he had caused him to lose nearly 10 pounds. Judging by his home run last night, Rosario hasn’t lost any of the strength he possessed last season. Last night, Rosario hit his first home run and had his first multi-hit game since April 21. Hopefully, his performance in yesterday’s emotional win is just what he needed to get him going.
If Rosario can increase the subpar offensive production he has displayed so far this year, as hard as it is to believe, the Rockies offense will be even more dangerous. At the moment, though there are still over four months of baseball to be played, the Rockies have been somewhat of a surprise in the NL West. They currently sit in second place, just two games behind the Giants and ahead of the NL-favorite Los Angeles Dodgers. If Rosario can get on track both offensively and defensively, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Rockies playing October baseball.