May 2009 review…
Two months in and May is now in the review mirror and for Rockies fans that’s certainly a good thing. The Rockies finished off the month with a 12-17 record, 211-268 overall in May. By far not their worst May on record, which came in 1993 at 7-22.
May 2009 saw the Rockies register 2 shutout wins in the month over Atlanta (9-0) back on the 21st and San Diego (3-0) on the 29th. The lone shutout loss came back on May 3rd in a 1-0 loss to San Francisco. The largest win margin came against the Astros at Coors Field May 12th outscoring the Astros by 11 runs to a score of 12-1. The largest loss came on the 25th against the Dodgers 16-6. May also saw the Rockies fall as much as 14.5 games behind the division leading Dodgers with rumors of Clint Hurdle being on the hot seat. Those rumors proved true on March 29 as Hurdle was dismissed and replaced by bench coach Jim Tracy. Tracy and the Rockies finished the month 2-1 taking the series against the Padres.
May also brought Chris Iannetta out of a severe hitting slump (.276 compared to .174 for March and April), and Garrett Atkins fall further into one with a batting average for the month of .148. Todd Helton remained hot batting .320 with 4 homeruns and 18 RBIs. Along with Brad Hawpe (.361, 5, 23). Jason Marquis continued to show his worth since signing with the Rockies in the offseason going 4-2 with an ERA of 3.83. Jorge De La Rosa went winless in May, 0-4 mostly due to no run support and an ERA of 6.75. Glendon Rusch was optioned to Triple A Colorado Springs, but decided not to report, instead opting for family. Josh Fogg was called up near the end of the month.
With Jim Tracy at the helm, hopefully the Rockies will show progress and put together a more solid June and maybe get to .500 and begin to make up some ground in the division.