Josh Fuentes would embrace utilityman role after standout Rockies season – The Denver Post
Josh Fuentes made his Rockies presence felt this season primarily at first base, but as his MLB talent continues to rise, the 26-year-old standout is willing to move around.
“If you’re a one-position guy, you usually play every day,” Fuentes said. “You don’t see Nolan (Arenado) or (Trevor) Story going into the outfield or anything like that. … At the same time, you’ve got to do what’s best for the team. If that’s being a utility guy and me playing left and right (field) like I did (Thursday), then that’s what I’ve got to do, as long as I’m in the lineup and playing.”
Fuentes entered Friday’s doubleheader in Arizona with a .321 batting average and 15 RBIs over 26 games. His power shows room for improvement, though, with two home runs.
“Everyone loves hitting homers,” Fuentes said. “I like hitting for average, so I really don’t want to mess with that and try to go deep. But I just started. I have like 50 games in the big leagues. Maybe I adjust, get a little stronger and get a little smarter, and maybe I hit homers.
“Right now, I feel what I do best is putting barrel on the ball. That’s what I’m going to try and do.”
Fuentes has been a bright spot in a dismal Rockies season that will end without the playoffs.
“I’m so blessed just to be here,” Fuentes said. “I love being around the guys. I thoroughly enjoy practice, BP and hanging around the cage. That’s just my favorite stuff to do.”
Kemp ejected. Rockies designated hitter Matt Kemp was ejected in the third inning of Game 1 against the Diamondbacks on Friday. It occurred after a strikeout looking as Kemp argued the call with home plate umpire Jim Reynolds. Kemp was tossed when he walked back to the Colorado dugout.
“Like any ball and strike call, there is just a little bit of emotion on both sides,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “I don’t know exactly what the exchange was. I got out there after they were discussing a few things. … The last word might have got (Kemp). I’m not sure.”
Rockies On Deck
Rockies RHP German Marquez (3-6, 4.10 ERA) at Diamondbacks RHP Luke Weaver (1-8, 6.51 ERA)
6:10 p.m. Saturday, Chase Field
TV: AT&T SportsNet
Radio: KOA 850 AM/94.1 AM
Marquez makes his 13th and final regular-season appearance Sunday after a rollercoaster year on the mound. The 25-year-old Venezuelan was the Rockies’ opening day starter, then endured a 0-5 stretch with a 5.26 ERA and five quality starts over eight games between victories. Marquez rebounded last week with his first win since Aug. 4 — allowing one run on five hits over six innings against the Giants. Lifetime against the Diamondbacks, he is 3-5 with a 4.59 ERA over 16 games. Weaver, 27, is in his second season pitching for Arizona. He’s allowed three or fewer runs in six of his last seven starts, but his only pitching victory this season arrived back on Aug. 18 against the Athletics (10-1). It’s the only start this year in which Weaver has allowed fewer than two runs. In his career against the Rockies, Weaver is 1-1 with a 7.47 ERA.
Trending: Rockies pitchers Antonio Senzatela and Kyle Freeland produced two or the largest decreases in ERA from 2019 to 2020 in all of MLB. Senzatela lowered his ERA from 6.71 to 3.13. Freeland went from 6.73 to 3.69.
At issue: Colorado had struggled historically in doubleheaders entering their two games Friday at the Diamondbacks. In franchise history, the Rockies were previously 53-57 in doubleheaders and were swept in each of their doubleheaders last season.
Sunday: Rockies LHP Kyle Freeland (2-2, 3.69) at Diamondbacks LHP Madison Bumgarner (0-4, 7.36), 1:10 p.m., ATTRM
End of season