Back on the last day of April, the optics surrounding the Colorado Rockies were bleak. The clubhouse was in the midst of losing three of four games in which they scored a total of just four runs. On top of that, the Rockies also completed the month of April batting just .222, which is a franchise-worst mark for any month. While things have improved in the past couple days thanks to the long ball, it seems that the improvement has been more fools gold than actual offensive resurrection.

The reason for the illusion and confusion is that Colorado has hit seven home runs in their last two games compared to having just 34 bombs in the previous 30 games stretched between March and April. While hitting the ball over the wall is incredibly important for a Rockies team that thrives on offensive power, Colorado needs help from the rest of their lineup to get on base for their star players. As of right now, Colorado leads the National League in total home runs (41), but are just ninth in total runs scored (129) and 10th in total hits (238).

The Rockies desperately need some level of production from the rest of the lineup beyond Arenado, Blackmon, and LeMahieu. Trevor Story continues to struggle doing much else other than hit for power inconsistently. He is batting just .235 and has 14 more strikeouts (41) than hits (27). Ian Desmond’s struggles in purple and black have not been alleviated. He is still batting an atrocious .173 and has just eight extra base hits all year which culminates into an OPS of just .550. Chris Iannetta it hitting just .218. Carlos Gonzalez is hitting just .233. Even the ever-steady Gerardo Parra is hitting just .241. Simply, the rest of the Rockies lineup has been abysmal at best and they need to find a way to get on the base paths.

Without the rest of the lineup finding a way to get on base, it is going to be a long year headlined by Blackmon and Arenado’s incredible individual offensive numbers without many wins to show for it. Thankfully, the pitching staff has been as strong as ever, but Colorado needs more than just the long ball and strong starting pitching to make waves in the National League and catch the streaking Arizona Diamondbacks, who are currently running away from the rest of the competition in the NL West.