C.J. Cron left at this time’s sport with again spasms, because the Rockies first baseman was in seen discomfort whereas slowly leaving the batter’s field after a pop-up within the third inning. Cron took just a few steps earlier than stopping utterly, and Mike Moustakas took over for Cron at first base when the Rox took the sphere within the prime of the fourth. Following the sport, supervisor Bud Black advised The Denver Gazette’s Danielle Allentuck and different reporters that Cron will most likely require a visit to the 10-day injured checklist.
Again spasms additionally price Cron 10 days of Cactus League motion throughout Spring Coaching, and it’s honest to surprise if this concern (whether or not a lingering harm or a by-product of missed spring time) has contributed to Cron’s gradual begin to the season. It might be that one other 10-day absence or so is all Cron must get better, although since that is his second such harm in two months, the Rockies would possibly decide to provide him a bit of additional time past the minimal 10 days with a purpose to totally get himself proper.
The veteran first baseman has hit a modest .228/.277/.426 with six homers over 148 plate appearances for Colorado, and his 73 wRC+ is definitely his lowest in any of his 10 Main League seasons. Cron remains to be making numerous arduous contact and his .342 xwOBA is effectively above his .306 wOBA, so there’s some ingredient of misfortune concerned in his numbers. Nonetheless, Cron is pulling the ball much more than in previous years, and opposing pitchers are throwing him fewer four-seamers (a pitch Cron has typically hit effectively through the years) lower than traditional. A lot of the right-handed hitting Cron’s struggles have come in opposition to right-handed pitching this yr, regardless that Cron has had comparatively even splits for many of his profession.
Moustakas is the likeliest candidate to fill in for Cron at first base, at the very least within the quick time period. Moustakas has additionally had a troublesome yr, hitting .232/.313/.375 over 67 PA with only one residence run.