Just What the Doctor Ordered…
A more than solid outing which turned out to be a complete game by Aaron Cook on 4 days rest, proves once again that Cook is the ace of the pitching staff and not Jeff Francis. The Rox took the series from the Mets 2 games to 1 and what the Rockies need to do is concentrate on winning series. Forget about trying to go on a 7, 8, or 9 game winning streak. If that happens, that’s just the icing on the cake. Winning series after series is the only way the Rockies will be able to get back to .500 and make a push at division leading Arizona, but it’s still to early to worry about the Diamondbacks.
The Rockies got a huge lift yesterday from Seth Smith (3 run homer) and it’s gonna take others on the team to step up when it is needed, especially with 9 players currently on the DL. No more feeling sorry for themselves, it’s time to put on the hardhat and go to work.
Those of you looking for Hurdle’s head on a silver platter, you can forget about it. It’s not Hurdle’s fault with the number of players suddenly on the disabled list. He’s having to juggle the lineup to see where which players fit best, depending on whom they’re facing each day. He’s done a good job with the lineup and at times the results are good and other times they’re not. But overall Clint has done a great job.
The GOOD, The BAD, & The UGLY
The GOOD – No real threats on the basepaths for the Phillies, though Shane Victorino leads the Phils with 8 stolen bases, still nothing to worry about. Other than wins and losses between the probable starters for both teams over the next 3 days, their ERA suggests that the games should be closer than expected, giving the Rockies a chance to compete at the plate and on the hill and at least take 2 out of 3.
The BAD – Rockies pitchers having to face Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Pat Burrell. Having Holliday, Hawpe, Bamres, Tulowitzki and 5 others on the DL.
The UGLY – The pitching matchup in this series could mean a lot of runs will be scored this series. Dont look for any 1-0 games.