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Rockies take series against Dodgers, get rare Sunday home win…


The Rockies win streak ended Saturday at 5 games and if you have been following the Rockies for any recent amount of time then you know the Rockies and Sunday victories at Coors Field come very few and too far in between. The Rockies last win at home was September 11, 2011, a 4-1 win against the Reds. The last Sunday home win against an NL West opponent prior to today was against the Dodgers back on August 21st of the same season.

Today’s 2-1 win over the division leading Dodgers showed us a couple of things today. Alex White’s best start of the season, with a 6.2 outing, allowing just 2 hits and 2 runs. The Rockies were able to hold on and win a close game with a superb showing by the bullpen(Brothers, Belisle, Betancourt), allowing only 1 hit over the final 2.1 innings. Betancourt recording his 10th save on the season.

The Rockies head to Phoenix for a short 3 game roadtrip against the D’backs looking to make improve their awful 8-15 road record. Monday’s probables are Christian Friedrich(3-1, 5.59) for the Rox and Joe Saunders(3-3, 3.61) for the D’backs.


Rockies pummel Dodgers, extend streak to 5…


The Rockies win streak has now reached 5 games after last night’s 13-3 pounding of the Dodgers. Fowler,, Scutaro, Gonzalez, Cuddyer and Helton each had multiple hits on the night, going a combined 11 for 20 and 5 RBIs. Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario led the team in RBIs with 3, including a 2 run shot in the 6th off Dodgers starter Chris Capuano. The Dodgers didnt help matters any defensively committing 4 errors on the evening.

Dexter Fowler continues swinging a hot bat, going 3 for 5 with 2 RBIs. In the first five games of the current homestand Fowler is 13 for 22(.590) and 8 RBIs, scoring 11 runs. Fowler is now 3rd on the team with 28 RBIs following Gonazlez(45) and Cuddyer(36), second in batting average(.294) and second in homeruns(8) tied with Rosario and Tulowitzki.

The Rockies at 22-29 are a half game behind the D’backs for 3rd place, who lost 7-1 to the Padres last night. Saturday’s probables are Juan Nicasio(2-2, 5.11) for the Rockies against Aaron Harang(3-3, 4.14)


Memorable Memorial Day for Fowler and the Rockies…


The Rockies played some of their best baseball offensively of the season yesterday sweeping a Memorial Day doubleheader against the Astros. I mean it’s only the Astros, but coming into this series they have a better record (3 games below .500) than the Rockies(12 games below .500). But as with any other sport, good teams beat the teams they’re supposed to beat. Fowler of course had a monstrous day going 7 for 9 in both games with 3 RBIs and the game winning hit in the second game. Pacheco, Tulowitzki, Gonzalez, Fowler and Rosario carried the team in the first game going 12 for 23 with 7 RBIs.

If the Rockies have any hope of making any type of run this season it’s obvious that the offense will have to carry load for this team like they did in the first game yesterday. It can’t just be one or two players to do it night in and night out. Starting pitching is and will continue to be suspect this season and for seasons to come until Alex White, Christian Friedrich and others mature and make progress.

Currently 13 games out in the NL West the Rockies should concentrate on what they are most able to control and that’s playing good baseball as they’ve shown over the last 5 games and keep pace with the D’backs who are only 2.5 games ahead of the Rockies in 3rd then worry about catching the second place Giants.

The Rockies have a well deserved day off today and will continue their series with the Astros on Wednesday with Christian Friedrich(2-1, 5.09) taking the mound against Lucas Harrell(4-3, 3.72) for the Astros.


Inside the Humidor celebrates Black History Month…


First installment of a long overdue series, Inside the Humidor will take a look at past Colorado Rockies players that made an impact on the team, organization as well as the community. The obvious choice to start this off would of course be Don Baylor, but the Rockies website did an excellent piece on Baylor a few days ago, so I have decided to go elsewhere. So not only are we celebrating Black History Month by profiling some of the Rockies great African American players, we are also celebrating Rockies history and Colorado history at the same time. So join me in remembering some great players in Colorado Rockies history. To kick off this first installment I chose Eric Young Sr.

Eric Young affectionately known by the fans and media as E.Y., enjoyed a 15 year career in the majors. He spent 5 of those seasons with the Colorado Rockies(1993-1997). E.Y. was selected by the Rockies in the expansion draft of 1992 (11th pick) from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

E.Y. batted .295, 30, 227 in his five seasons with the Rockies, while drawing 254 walks and stealing 180 bases. 1996 saw Young having his best season not just as a Rockie, but of his career, stealing 53 bases and batting .324 with 74 RBIs and winning a Silver Slugger award and making the all-star team.

Eric Young will forever be remembered by Rockies fans as hitting the first ever homerun at then Mile High Stadium(1993) leading off the bottom of the first inning, in the teams first Major League home opener.

E.Y. retired in 2006 as a Colorado Rockie and is currently on the coaching staff of the Arizona Diamondbacks, for which we will forgive him.

Second part of the series will be up within a few days. Suggestions on who you would like to see?


Early Spring Training…


The Rockies season as we head into the first series of September is over. Some like myself would say that it’s been over for a few weeks not if not months. So basically the next 4 weeks of September is really an early version of spring training 2012, just not taking place in Scottsdale, AZ.

While the D’backs look to run away with the division, currently leading the Giants by 6 games. I find it difficult to watch the Rockies, mostly on TV than in person. A team with so much promise has once again underachieved, and this underachievement might even be bigger than the 2008 season. Maybe the expectations of the fans, media and the baseball world were or are too much for the Rockies to live up to. Maybe if no one expects a team with this much talent to do anything, then they might be able to compete for a division title. Really, how many people honestly in their preseason predictions had Arizona to be the surprise team in the N.L. West? The freakin’ Dbacks?! Please!

I cant deny that I have turned most of my attention, as most fans this time of the year do, to the upcoming college and pro football seasons, while still somewhat keeping an eye on the Rockies. That’s usually not the case with me, but this year I guess I’m a little more fed up than usual. I have also turned my attention to Opening Day of 2012. Looking forward yet again to the grand feeling of extreme optimism that each Opening Days holds for every baseball fan of every team.

So Rockies fans you can stop looking for the Rockies to make any improbable run to win the division yet alone a wildcard, that’s not gonna happen. I’m not giving up on the Rockies, I’ll always be a fan. I just know that this season is a disappointment and there is very little to look forward to for the remaining of the season. Who gets called-up from where, I could care less. How well Alex White does this month has no bearing on what type of career he may or may not have with the Rockies next season and the seasons following. Bring on the off-season and the Winter Meetings so that we as fans can begin to have our own ideas of what type of team we will have next season. Who’s gonna play 3rd? Will somebody take claim and hold of being an everyday 2nd baseman? Will 2012 be Jim Tracy’s final season as manager of the Rockies? Can Troy Tulowitzki be more of a leader and put this team on his back for a season and not just a game or a series?

I will watch the remaining games with little interest, other than the occasional ROOT Sports shots of Alanna Rizzo, as the win and losses have little to no meaning. So treat the month of September for what it is Rockies fans, an early spring training.

I came across this video earlier today, that kinda puts it into a little perspective on this long baseball season. Enjoy!


Giambi walk off HR leaves Marlins reeling…


In a season where Lodo Magic has been in short supply, Dexter Fowler, Carlos Gonzalez and Jason Giambi each gave the team a boost of it Monday night at Coors Field. Just when you figured the Rockies were abiding by the usual endlessly season script of “coming close but not close enough to win” or the other script of “not taking care of business at home”, the Rockies found away to finally come out on top in the end, for what has only been it seems a handful of times this season.

There was an emotional lift from this team that we usually dont see from the Rockies throughout a season. Honestly something I would like to see more of. EY Jr’s emotions after being called out on a close play at first base late in the game for example. I think if the fans saw more emotion like that from this team then they could more easily get behind them and not feel like the players are just up there going through the motions.

It was an exciting finish to a ballgame that got no love on Sports Center last night. Which all belonged to Jim Thome reaching career homerun #600. Congrats to Thome for reaching that milestone.

Now if only the Rockies can build off last night’s win and have a winning homestand, things possibly could begin to look more interesting in the NL West. The Giants as of late are struggling winning 4 of their last 10, while the D’backs have won 7 of their last 10, including 6 in a row. I’m not saying we can catch the D’backs, but a really good record at Coors Field over these next 8 games, can become a start. And with the Marlins, Dodgers and Astros in town this week, the underachieving Rockies can do it if they want to.

For the Miami Herald’s take on the Marlins loss last night from Herald writer Clark Spencer. Click here.


Offensive Roxslide continues…


Remember back to last season when fans and the media alike thought the Rockies couldnt hit and many were calling for then hitting coach Don Baylor to be fired? Well I have to say that I am not hearing or reading the same sentiment this season towards Carney Lansford as the Rockies seem to be worse off so far this season offensively.

Todd Helton (.306)has been the only Rockie all season to remain consistent at the plate and one of two Rockies batting over .300. The other being Seth Smith is currently batting .312. The next player closest to .300 is Jonathan Herrera with a .279 average and only 2 more players with a .250 average or better in Amezaga (.250) and Gonzalez (.251).

Since the two game sweep of the Giants (May 16-17), the Rockies have lost 6 of their last 8 games, and 4 of those 6 losses were 1 run games. The Rockies are ranked 23rd out of 30 teams in batting average with a team average of .242. The Dodgers(17th), D’backs(20th), and Giants(21st) each rank higher. Putting that in greater perspective with the Rockies who are also ranked 9th in runs scored while the Dodgers(26th), Padres(28th), and Giants(29th) are each ranked in the bottom 5 of the same category.

The Rockies need to right the ship offensively, no doubt. We all know that. The players, coaching staff, fans, media, etc. We all know that. But here is the good thing. It’s still only May. Sure the Rockies are in third place today, but we are talking about only by a half a game and 3 games behind the Giants who are in first. So what I am saying is….There is no need to hit the panic button! Yes we’re frustrated at how the team has played this month, but every team each season goes through a slump of some kind. Ours just happens to be alot longer than it should be.

The Rockies get back at it tonight with Clayton Mortensen(1-1, 2.17) against Micah Owings(0-0, 5.06).


Dodgers(3-1) @ Rockies(1-1) Preview…


The Rockies have the day off today coming after yesterday’s postponement due to inclement weather against the D’backs. I’ve never really agreed with the idea of starting the season, playing a 3 game series then the team having a day off. Coming out of spring training teams should play at least a week before having a day off. Unfortunately for the Rockies the extra day off before the Dodgers series means the Rockies cant get into any sort of groove going into the series. While the Dodgers have 4 games under their belt already after a 7-5 victory over the Giants on Sunday night.

HOT and NOT’S – A brief look at who’s hot and who’s not coming into this series.

HOT LIST – DODGERS

Matt Kemp – 5 for 12 against the Giants, a .533 on base percentage, .417 batting average, 4 runs scored, and 3 RBIs.

Clayton Kershaw – 1-0, 0.00 ERA through 7 innings.

Jonathan Broxton – 3 saves in as many appearances.

NOT LIST – DODGERS

James Loney – 2 for 15 against the Giants with a .133 batting average

HOT LIST – ROCKIES

Chris Iannetta – 3 for 6 against the D’backs, 3 runs scored, .625 on base percentage, .833 slugging percentage

Carlos Gonzalez – 4 for 9 against D’backs, 5 total bases, .556 slugging percentage.

NOT LIST – ROCKIES

Troy Tulowitzki – 0 for 8 through first two games.

Jhoulys Chacin (0-0) will go up against Clayton Kershaw (1-0) Tuesday evening at Coors Field, game time 6:10pm

 

EXTRA BASES – The Denver Post this morning reports that a Major League Baseball “Authenticator” will be on hand at each Rockies home game to monitor baseballs from the humidor to the game. Story here. I guess the crying sessions the Giants put up last season got them the result they somewhat desired.

Also Troy Renck of the Denver Post writes about catcher Chris Iannetta taking ownership of the catcher’s position. Honestly Iannetta had no other choice. Time will tell as the season moves along. Iannetta who batted .197 last season is currently batting .500, going 3 for 6 in the teams first two games of 2011. Last season after the first two games of the season Iannetta went 0 for 6.

Maybe it’s time to give credit to the Rox new hitting coach Carney Lansford or maybe, just maybe Iannetta is channeling Yankees catcher Thurman Munson with his new mustache and hair growth. Tell me I’m not the only person who thought upon seeing Iannetta’s new look this season that he didnt remind you right away of Thurman Munson. If channeling Munson improves Iannetta’s batting average this season, I’m all for it! Munson who also played catcher was a lifetime .292 hitter over 11 seasons with the Yankees before a tragic plane accident took his life in 1979.


Did Barmes cost Ubaldo the Cy Young?..


Though nothing is written in stone as far as the Cy Young award is concerned, but the answer to that question right now would be a resounding YES! How could one think or believe otherwise? I understand that the Cy Young is mostly up to Ubaldo himself and I also understand that with still 6 weeks or regular season baseball that Ubaldo has as just a good a chance as Adam Wainwright or barring a late and certainly possible surge by Roy Halladay to win it. Yea the Rox won, and we’re all happy they did, but come on! Wind or no wind given, it was still a routine pop up and the catch should have been made. What made the catch “not so routine” was that Barmes dropped it, not because of the wind. That’s not to say that Jonathan Herrera or Eric Young Jr would have made the catch, but the fact that the ball was not caught cost Ubaldo the win and almost cost the Rockies the game. I cant say that I was sorry to see Barmes pulled after the failed catch, but I was surprised that Tracy made the move. Kudos to Tracy for doing it.

I’m sure no one feels as bad as Barmes for not making the catch and sealing the win for Ubaldo but there are no excuses for not catching that ball. The Rockies should take a long hard look at second base in the off season and hope that Herrera or Young are ready to take over there.

The Rockies have the day off today as they will take on the Dodgers for a 3 game series at Dodger Stadium before heading to Arizona for 3 more. The Rockies picked up a game on the Giants yesterday and should remain focused on the Giants before worrying about the Padres. Giants are off today and in Philly for 3 games before heading to St Louis later in the week. The Padres go up against the Cubs beginning tonight at Wrigley, then head to Milwaukee to face the Brewers. If there ever was a road series the Rockies need to take control of and come out on top, it’s this one.


Rockies win 4th straight, Jimenez loses chance at shutout…


While I am happy about the Rockies winning their 4th straight, I am equally as upset at Jim Tracy for not allowing Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez the chance to pitch what could have been his second shutout of the season in the 9th inning. Now let me say that Jim Tracy doesnt owe me anything, he is the manager of the team and will manage it as he sees fit. But when your ace has a chance to further cement his dominance on the first half of the season by possibly pitching his second shutout, I say let him go for it. Jimenez left the end of the 8th inning with just 101 pitches, having given up 6 hits and only 3 strikeouts. The defense was more than solid behind him and he and the fans deserved the chance to see him try for the complete game shutout. There isnt alot that I have disagreed with Jim Tracy on since he became manager, but this decision is now on top of my list. I understand that Rafael Betancourt may have needed to get some work in, but tonight was not the night, not with the way the game was going for Jimenez. Jimenez leads the majors with 9 wins and an ERA of 0.88. So the question that begs to be asked is below.

Now not only was the pitching and the defense solid on the night, but the offense was on fire to say the least. Seth Smith launched 2 homeruns of his own. Carlos Gonzalez in my mind continues to make a run at an outside chance to be an all-star this season with his 5th homerun of the season coming in the 7th inning. Miguel Olivo is showing why he’s been the best acquisition for the Rockies this past offseason, going 3 for 4 at the plate with an RBI and 2 stolen bases on the night. Who knew? Olivo is now batting .297 on the season, with 8 homeruns and 22 RBIs.

The Rockies will go for the series sweep Thursday with Jason Hammel (1-3, 7.52) going against Dan Haren (5-3, 4.79).


Record setting night for Ubaldo, as Rox tread on D’backs…


Rockies Ubaldo Jimenez has now pitched 22 1/3 consecutive shutout innings over his last 3 starts setting a new team record in that category. Jimenez went 6 innings only allowing 2 hits to reach this milestone last night. The Rockies probably played their best and most complete game of the season on both sides of the ball. Offensively the Rox scored 12 runs on 15 hits. Better than 50% with runners in scoring position going 7 for 13, (54%), while holding Arizona to just 20%, 1 for 5.

Jimenez with last night’s win is now 5-0 with a 0.75 ERA, leading the majors in wins and second in ERA behind the Mets Mike Pelfrey (0.69).

Eric Young Jr made his major league debut of the season went 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs and scoring 2 runs. Dexter Fowler also went 2 for 4, scoring 2 runs. Carlos Gonzalez went 3 for 5 with 5 RBIs and a homerun short of hitting for the cycle. Tulo went a perfect 3 for 3, with an RBI and scoring 3 runs. Jhoulys Chacin made his season debut pitching a near perfect 9th inning, striking out 2 of 3 batters and allowing no hits. Chacin is scheduled to start Sunday in San Francisco.

The Rox will try to take the series this afternoon (1:10pm) with Greg Smith (1-2, 5.24) on the mound going against Kris Benson (1-1, 3.00) for the D’backs.


Goodbye Tucson…


The Rockies have said goodbye to the only spring training home they’ve known since their inception. Tucson is now in the rearview mirror as the Rockies and D’backs will be heading north on the interstate to Scottsdale to share in the opening of their new spring training facility. I still can’t say I like the idea of having to share anything with the D’backs.

The Rockies closed out their final game with a 4-3 win over Arizona.

Here are a couple of stories out of the Arizona Daily Star.

One last, sad goodbye for Hi Corbett denizens… (Patrick Finley)

A final time to bask…(Sarah Trotto)

An era of runs, hits and errors… (Greg Hansen)

Goodbye Tucson, it’s been nice knowing ya.


Rockies 2010 schedule released…


Major League Baseball today has released all team schedules for the 2010 season. The Rockies will again open the season on the road, this time in Milwaukee against Prince Fielder and the Brewers, beginning on April 5th. The Rockies open up at Coors Field on April 9th with a 3 game series against the Padres. Then take a day off before another 3 game series at home against the Mets. I applaud the fact that the Rockies aren’t having to play the D’backs as their first series of the season at home. In fact they don;t meet the D’backs until April 26th at home. If you have followed this blog for any length of time, then you know of my hatred for most things Arizona.

Other highlights of the 2010 season include interleague play begins in Kansas City against the Royals the weekend of May 21st-23rd.  June 11th-13th interleague against the Blue Jays at Coors Field. Then on the road to Minneapolis to faceoff against the Twins in their new ballpark, Target Field, June 15th-17th.

The Red Sox visit Coors Field for a 3 game series June 22nd-24th. The Cubs visit Coors Field July 30th- Aug 1st. The Rockies close out their home schedule with 6 games against division rivals, the Giants and Dodgers at the end of September. Then finish the regular season on the road against the Cardinals in St. Louis Sept 30th-Oct 3rd.

Full schedule here.


Rockies fail to sweep Mets…


The Rockies somehow cant seem to get more than a game ahead of the Giants in the NL Wildcard race. We win, they win, we lose, they lose. I dont have a problem with the Rockies losing if the Giants lose, but come on! There’s no way the Rockies shouldn’t have swept the Mets in this series. But of course it didn’t happen. Jason Marquis had a bad 4 run inning in the 5th and no offense to back him up through the first 6 innings. The bats didn’t awaken until the 7th when the Rockies scored 2 runs when Chris Iannetta and Ian Stewart both hit solo homeruns. Then in the 8th Barmes replicated with a solo shot of his own. The Rockies went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position.

The Phillies did the Rockies a favor by beating the Giants 2-1 to maintain their 1 game lead in the NL Wildcard race. The Giants are in Milwaukee for the next 3 games before returning to AT&T Park to face the Padres. While the Rockies begin tonight a 3 game series against the D’backs, followed by 4 against the Reds. This schedule clearly favors the Rockies and they need to do all they can to take both series.

Jason Hammel (8-7, 4.40) faces Dan Haren (13-8, 2.78) tonight.


News and notes 7/23…


What a difference 24 hours makes. Let’s see. The Rox won yesterday against the D’backs and took the series 2 games to 1.

Todd Helton hits the game winning homerun and also gets his 5ooth double of his career. Congratulations Todd.

Manny Corpus may be out until September if not the remainder of the season, to have surgery to remove bone chips from his throwing arm.

Rockies pitching prospect Jhoulys Chacin gets the call up from the Double A Tulsa Drillers to the majors according to the Denver Post. Chacin is expected to come in and bolster the bullpen.

Ken Rosenthal of Foxpsorts.com reports that the Rockies are in talks to get Betancourt from the Indians.

UPDATE: The Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper has confirmed that Rafael Betancourt has been traded to the Rockies for prospect Connor Graham. I like this move by the Rox but if you thought the games were long before, apparently games at Coors Field will be a little longer now according to Indians fans. Comments here from the Cleveland Plain Dealer article.


Snakebitten again…


Juan Rincon gave up a 2 run homer, Dexter Fowler mis-timed a line drive in centerfield and a slowed down offense in the 5th-7th innings came back to bite the Rockies who lost 6-5 to the D’backs. Aaron Cook left the with a no decision.Which this afternoon brings the rubber game where the D’backs can steal another series from the Rockies or the Rox can rebound and take back the series themselves and maintain their lead for the NL Wildcard chase.

Seth Smith’s bat was cooled off yesterday as he went 0 or 4, leaving 2 on base. Helton was worse going 0 for 5. Troy Tulowitzki did launch his 17th homerun of the season in the second inning.

Rox have a good chance to rebound this afternoon with Ubaldo Jimenez (7-9) on the hill facing Jon Garland (5-9). Gametime 1:10pm.

QUOTE OF THE GAME: “From the standpoint of level of frustration [with the bullpen], absolutely not. We can nitpick the bullpen all we want tonight, but I don’t think we can solely point the figure in that direction when you go 1-for-16 from the fifth inning on.” – Rockies manager, Jim Tracy from www.coloradorockies.com.

STAT OF THE GAME: See above, as Tracy mentions it, the Rox went 1 for 16 the second half of the game.


Rox takes series, now face D’backs…


An outstanding pitching effort by Jason Marquis and timely hitting in the 6th inning by the Rockies gave them their 3rd win over the Padres in a 4 game series. Marquis went 8 innings allowing 5 hits and striking out 3, with Matt Daley finishing off the 9th. Marquis led the team with 2 RBIs of his own, while Stewart and Hawpe both hit solo homeruns. So the question begs to be asked of, how many homeruns will Ian Stewart hit by season’s end and what will his batting average be?

The Arizona Diamondbacks are again back at Coors Field for a 3 game series. Earlier in the month the Rox lost 2 out of 3 to the D’backs. those losses left sour tastes in not only the players mouths but also with many fans. The Rox should right that ship this homestand starting with the rotation going in this series beginning with Jorge De La Rosa and Cook and Jimenez to follow. De La Rosa (6-7) will face Doug Davis (4-9) of the D’backs.


Peralta gives up 5, takes loss…


A night that Joel Peralta will hopefully soon forget saw him give up 2 walks, 3 hits and 5 runs in only a third of an inning, handing the D’backs their 3rd win of their last 12 games. Aaron Cook left the game in the 6th after having the wind knocked out of him diving for a ground ball. Needless to say the bullpen, specifically Peralta didnt help matters. The Rockies offense tried to  rally in the 8th scoring 3 runs, but the D’backs added 2 more of their own in the 9th. The Rox are now 7-11 overall on the 4th of July. Ubaldo Jimenez (6-7) hopes to even up his record this afternoon against Dan Haren (7-5) for the D’backs.


Rockies blank Snakes…


Jorge DeLaRosaPossibly De La Rosa’s best game of the season came last night as the Rockies jumped out to an early lead in the second inning on a solo shot by Ian Stewart. De La Rosa struck out 6 in his 8 innings, only giving up 4 hits. Chris Iannetta went 2 for 2 with an RBI on a sacrifice fly. Troy Tulowitzki went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. The D’backs left 7 on base and have now lost their 3rd game in a row, 9 of their last 11. With last night’s win the Rockies are now 22-12 overall at home on fireworks nights and have a good chance to extend it to 23-12 tonight, despite an overall record of 7-10 on the 4th of July.

STAT OF THE NIGHT – The D’backs commited 3 errors in last nights game giving them a league leading 74 on the season.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT“We look like the damn Bad News Bears out there, and it’s frustrating as hell,” he said. “It’s to the point where stuff’s got to change. You can give all the rah-rah speeches you want and have all the team meetings you want and yell at guys, but guys have got to give a damn.” – D’backs Mark Reynolds as quoted from http://www.azcentral.com.

Tonight the Rockies Aaron Cook (8-3) will face Yusmeiro Petit (0-3) for the D’backs.


D’backs(31-48) @ Rockies(41-37) Preview…


The Rockies finish their recent roadtrip 5-4 and now face the D’backs who have lost 8 of their last 10. On paper the Rockies should sweep this series, but they can’t afford to go into this series thinking it’s gonna be an easy task. De La Rosa will need early run support like in his last start against Oakland to be most effective. Should the Rockies win the first game of this series with De La Rosa and with the top of the order going in games 2 and 3 in Cook and Jimenez, the Rockies will have the advantage and could complete a sweep of the D’backs. The Rockies coming into the 2009 season  had an overall record of 79-208 and last season were 3-15 overall, 2-7 at home. The D’backs only have two batters in double figures in homeruns in Justin Upton (14) and Mark Reynolds (22), who also lead the team in RBIs.


2 day recap(sort of)…


I apologize for not posting the last couple of days, I was taking in as much as possible in my final 2 days in San Francisco. So I’m back in the Mile High now, just got in a couple of hours ago. So where are we? Rockies won Tuesday night shutting out the Dodgers 3-0 and then losing in the rubber match this afternoon, 1-0, thus losing the series. The Rockies have the day off tomorrow and return for a weekend series against the D’backs with fireworks both Friday and Saturday nights. I will update minor league scores later tonight and photos from my visit to Modesto to watch the game between the Nuts and San Jose Giants Monday night will be posted here shortly.


Rockies a game above .500…


Jason Marquis was a single out from a complete game, but instead allowed 2 runs to score before manager Jim Tracy removed him for Alan Embree to finish out the game. Marquis moves to 9-4 on the season and a share of the lead in wins on the NL. Rockies mainstays in the lineup, Helton and Hawpe both each go 3 for 4. Hawpe recording 3 RBIs, Helton scoring each time. Troy Tulowitzki gets his 10th homerun of the season in the 2nd inning off Ohlendorf with no one base. The Rockies have now won 14 out of 15 and are a game above .500 for the first time since April 8th with a record of 2-1.

STAT OF THE NIGHT – If the Rockies get a win Saturday night it will be the first time the Rockies have been above .500 both at home and on the road at this point in the season since June 21st 2007 when the Rox had a home record of 21-18 and a road record of 17-16, almost exactly 2 years to the date. Rockies are currently 15-15 at home and 19-18 on the road.

NOTES – Denver Nuggets players Anthony Carter and Dhantay Jones were spotted at the game Friday night on the main concourse. DL for Corpas? An MRI on Manny Corpas’ right elbow showed bone chips and the right hander may be headed to the DL according to coloradorockies.com. Saying goodbye to Tucson? We all knew it was coming at some point but the Rockies made it official Friday to the city of Tucson that 2010 will be their final spring training season at Hi Corbett Field. The Rockies will be sharing a new state of the art facility with the Diamondbacks (UGGH) just outside of Scottsdale. Story here from the Associated Press at azcentral.com.


A bad week thus far…


It would be a bit of an understatement to say that the Rockies have had a less than stellar week. The Rockies have dropped their 4th straight loss, losing last night 6-4 to the Astros. Yorvit Torrealba leaves the team for personal reasons, while Chris Iannetta is still on the DL, leaving Phillips and Bellorin to handle the catching duties. Troy Tulowitzki has a hand injury and though the x-rays are negative, there is still swelling, so he hasnt been in the lineup. Garrett Atkins may be going down to Triple A. And depending on how you feel about it, the Rockies may be leaving Tucson for a shared spring training facility outside of Scottsdale with the Diamondbacks in 2011.

If Atkins is to go to Triple A, it needs to happen right away if for no other reason than to sooner boost his confidence hitting against lesser pitching. Atkins can’t afford to be afraid of Ian Stewart taking over at third in his absence whether temporary or permanent.

Tulo being out of the lineup is not a bad thing at the moment, though his batting average is better in May than in April, he’s still underperforming at the plate. Defensively Tulo will be missed, but Omar Quintanilla will see more time at either position be it shortstop or second base with Clint Barmes. If results of an MRI show more damage, then expect a brief rehab stint in Triple A for Tulowitzki.

Let’s all wish Yorvit Torrealba a speedy return from Venezuela.  

I am a little torn about the Rockies leaving Tucson eventually. The economics of it all makes sense as to why it needs to happen. Though I’m probably one of a few, I like Tucson. I have a big problem with sharing a spring training facility, and an even bigger one sharing one with the Diamondbacks. But that’s not for me to decide, now is it?

Rockies finish up their 4 game series with the Astros tonight. The matchup is Jason Hammel (1-3) against Wandy Rodriguez (5-4).


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