Colorado Rockies: Who's Hot, Who's Not Heading into the Second Half

David A. Cucchiara@@cucch22Correspondent IJuly 13, 2013

Colorado Rockies: Who's Hot, Who's Not Heading into the Second Half

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    As the 2013 MLB regular season approaches the All-Star break, the Colorado Rockies are gearing up to make a playoff push in the second half.

    Similar to last season, injury has defined this very talented ballclub through the majority of the first half. However, all the pieces are beginning to fall back into place for the Rox, who have a legitimate shot to compete in a mediocre NL West.

    On Thursday, the Rockies activated Dexter Fowler and Troy Tulowitzki from the disabled list, demoting Tyler Colvin and their promising young talent, Corey Dickerson.

    Dickerson had flashes of brilliance during his three weeks in the bigs, but batted just .188 in 39 at-bats.

    The addition of Tulowitzki and Fowler should keep the Rockies in contention, but the rest of the team needs to maintain some sort of consistency down the stretch.

    Here are the hottest and the coldest Rockies heading into the All-Star break.

Hot: Tyler Chatwood

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    There’s little doubt the Rockies would not be where they are in the standings without the right arm of Tyler Chatwood.

    Chatwood, who was called up in late April due to the injury to Jhoulys Chacin, solidified his spot in the rotation with a string of quality starts.

    Recently, the 24-year-old hurler continues to be brilliant, proving to be one of the top performers in the Rockies unusually decent starting rotation.

    In his last six starts, he’s has allowed more than two runs just once, posting an ERA of 3.35 during that stretch.

    Chatwood will play a key role in the Rockies success in the second half with Oswalt injured and Pomeranz struggling to stay in the bigs.

    Chatwood is 5-2 with a 2.74 ERA on the season overall. He’s also getting it done with the bat with a .348 average.

Not: Nolan Arenado

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    Third baseman Nolan Arenado looked like a favorable Rookie of the Year candidate when he was promoted from Triple-A in April.

    After batting a crisp .303 in June, Arenado’s numbers are beginning to tail off.

    Overall, it’s been a seesaw of a season for the Rockies’ top prospect, who’s batting just .162 with three RBI in the month of July.

    With virtually no other options for third base, Walt Weiss is leaning on Arenado to pick it up and come out of the gate swinging in the second half.

    By the numbers, Arenado is keeping his strikeouts to a minimum and staying relatively patient at the plate. His struggles are simply momentary and he should begin to heat up after the All-Star break.

    Arenado is batting an even .250 with seven home runs and 27 RBI on the season.

Hot: Wilin Rosario

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    Wilin Rosario was able to bump his average up a few points over the last two weeks.

    The Rockies prized backstop is batting .286 in July with five RBI.

    Rosario is third behind Buster Posey and the Brewers’ Jonathan Lucroy for most RBI among NL catchers with 46. Over the last few seasons, Rosario is shaping into one of the better offensive catchers in the game.

    Over the last 30 days, the 24-year-old catcher trails only Posey in average at a .356 clip.

    Defensively, Rosario has improved tenfold from last season and is gunning down 29 percent of runners.

    Rosario has been one of the more consistent bats on this Rockies team this season. Expect a big second half.

Not: Adam Ottavino

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    The Rockies bullpen ERA has improved by almost a whole run from last season.

    Lately, middle reliever Adam Ottavino has not helped that statistic or the Rockies chances of winning ballgames.

    After an excellent start to the season, Ottavino has hit a road block in July. In his three appearances this month, two have resulted in multiple runs.

    Ottavino has been one of the better arms in the Rockies pen this season. With other relievers struggling, Weiss is leaning on Ottavino to be that sixth or seventh inning guy in the second half.

    Even with a horrid month of July, Ottavino still has an ERA of 2.47 with 49 strikeouts.

Hot: Carlos Gonzalez

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    Take away last night’s golden sombrero performance against the Dodgers and All-Star Carlos Gonzalez is swinging one of the hottest bats in baseball.

    After batting just .274 in June, Gonzalez is getting it done in July with a .387 average, even while battling a sporadic middle finger injury.

    He’s also knocked in four RBI this month with an OBP of .406.

    With Tulowitzki back in the lineup, the Rockies go back to having one of the best three-four punch in the NL.

    If Tulowitzki can get back to the status quo after the All-Star break, expect the Rockies offense to come alive.

    Gonzalez is batting .304 with 25 homers and 64 RBI on the season.

Not: Wilton Lopez

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    Last December, the Rockies traded Alex White and Alex Gillingham to the Astros for reliever Wilton Lopez.

    Initially the trade made sense. White got a DUI, lied to the organization and had to go.

    However, the move has not paid dividends so far for Weiss’ bullpen.

    Beginning the season as the setup man for closer Rafael Betancourt, Lopez continues to drop in the bullpen hierarchy after a horrible start to July.

    In his last five outings, Lopez has given up five earned runs in just 4.1 innings, striking out just one. Hitters are batting a ridiculous .458 against him this month.

    Lopez, who just hasn’t been able to get into a groove at Coors this season, is now struggling on the road.

    Lopez owns a 4.57 ERA with 25 strikeouts on the season.

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