Scouting Sunday's Pirates-Rockies game
Going on the disabled list cleared up second baseman Neil Walker's sore right oblique. It helped his bat get healthy, too. Entering Saturday night, in 17 games since coming off the DL on July 23, Walker has hit .328 (19 for 58) with seven doubles, seven RBI and 13 runs scored. In 23 career games against the Rockies, Walker was batting .284 with a .761 OPS. At Coors Field, he had a .325 batting average and an .861 OPS.
• Shortstop Jordy Mercer is batting .340 (17 for 50) since the All-Star break. Perhaps Mercer is responding to a challenge from veteran Clint Barmes, who heated up at the plate and got more playing time while Walker was on the DL. Mercer has started 38 games at short and 19 at second. He's batting .337 with runners on base and .330 in the No. 2 spot in the lineup. In 32 road games this year, Mercer owns a .315 average.
With the Rockies reeling from a 1-9 road trip, manager Walt Weiss called a team meeting Friday before their game against the Pirates. Whatever he said worked as the Rockies rolled to a 10-1 victory. “Sometimes you need somebody to talk to your face and tell you what is good and what is bad,” catcher Wilson Rosario said.
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