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Mark Ellis has 4 doubles, 5 RBI in two games with Rockies

Jul 3, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

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Here’s a great opening line from Jim Armstrong in this morning’s Denver Post:

Mark Ellis is living out of a suitcase and, apparently, dressing in a phone booth.

The Rockies acquired Superman Ellis from the A’s in a fairly minor trade on Thursday afternoon, but the 34-year-old’s performance thus far in Colorado has been anything but. He finished 3-for-5 with two RBI in Saturday night’s 9-6 defeat of the Royals and is now 6-for-10 with four doubles, four runs scored and five RBI in just two games since joining the Rox.

The hotness isn’t meant to last — Ellis, after all, is only a .266/.332/.400 career hitter — but the Rockies have been craving consistent production all season at second base and should continue to grant him starts until the shine wears off. The longtime Oakland infielder has always been a strong defender.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 3, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Going from Oakland to Coors would be a boost for anyone. Who would be surprised to see him have a career year from here on out?

  2. APBA Guy - Jul 3, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    The spin out of Oakland was that Beane sent Ellis to the Rockies to find him everyday playing time, out of respect for Ellis. He’s joining up with former A’s Giambi and Carlos Gonzalez, both of whom have thrived there. Good luck the rest of the season to Ellis.

    • mgflolox - Jul 4, 2011 at 4:36 AM

      Couldn’t agree more, APBA. I’ve always been a fan of Mark Ellis, but I completely agree with the decision to trade him in order to give the everyday job to Jemile Weeks. Here’s hoping Ellis helps lead the Rox into the postseason.

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