Brendan Rodgers finally has his moment for Colorado Rockies

DENVER, CO - JUNE 01: Brendan Rodgers #7 of the Colorado Rockies celebrates his walk-off home run in the 10th inning against the Miami Marlins at Coors Field on June 1, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Ethan Mito/Clarkson Creative/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JUNE 01: Brendan Rodgers #7 of the Colorado Rockies celebrates his walk-off home run in the 10th inning against the Miami Marlins at Coors Field on June 1, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Ethan Mito/Clarkson Creative/Getty Images) /
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Brendan Rodgers was supposed to be a key part of the Colorado Rockies‘ future. A consensus top 100 prospect from 2016 through 2020, he was supposed to make an impact as a power and speed option in the middle of the Colorado infield. He, along with Trevor Story and Nolan Arenado, were supposed to be the core of the Rockies’ next contending team.

That is not what happened. Arenado and Story are both out of town, with the Cardinals and Red Sox respectively. Rodgers has yet to live up to expectations, not drawing enough walks and hitting far too many ground balls to become the player the Rockies had hoped for.

Brendan Rodgers finally comes through for Colorado Rockies

That had continued heading into Wednesday. Rodgers had been getting regular playing time as the Rockies’ primary second baseman but had done nothing with the opportunity. His .253/.304/.349 batting line, with two homers and eight doubles in 158 plate appearances, was becoming close to unplayable.

Then Wednesday happened. After a relatively lackluster Game One in their doubleheader against the Marlins, Rodgers exploded in the nightcap. He belted three homers in the game, including the walk-off two run homer to lead off the bottom of the tenth in the Rockies’ 13-12 victory.

Rodgers is in the midst of his second full season at the major league level. To this point, he has been a disappointment, unable to do more than show flashes of his potential. Wednesday’s home run barrage may be more of the same.

But it may also be a turning point. This could be the moment that Rodgers needed, something to jumpstart his major league career and give him a needed confidence boost. If nothing else, he will always have Wednesday night as his defining moment in a Rockies’ uniform.

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The Colorado Rockies have been waiting for Brendan Rodgers to break through. Wednesday night may have finally been that moment.