I know I shouldnt even begin to say it, because just when you think the Rockies have a chance of sweeping most teams, they end up doing the opposite, especially after putting up 13 runs last night. More times than not after nights of explosive offense they seem to find a way of looking like they’ve never seen a baseball the following game. We’ll see if that’s the case tonight as they look to sweep the Astros and extend their current winning streak to 4 games.
Carlos Gonzalez was everything for the Rockies last night with 3 homeruns, going 4 for 5 with 4 RBIs. Michael Cuddyer lead the offensive charge with a grand slam in the first inning, finishing the night going 1 for 3. Dexter Fowler who continues his hot hitting streak went 2 for 5 on the night with the 3 run homerun in the 6th inning. Fowler is 9 for 14(.643) with 6 RBIs and 7 runs scored in the series so far.
Troy Tulowitzki left the game after an at bat in the 6th inning where he came up limp running to first base. According to mlb.com Tulo is listed as day to day (aren’t we all?) with a left groin strain.
Jeremy Guthrie (2-3, 5.31) vs Bud Norris(5-1, 3.34)
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.
27 games into the 2012 season and the Rockies are exactly what you see on paper, an underachieving, below average team with no direction, passion, not to mention pitching. They’re sloppy defensively, inconsistent offensively, there’s little if any leadership anywhere on this team. And leading by example is a crock of you know what, so dont give me that! Mr Everything, Troy Tulowitzki has been Mr Anything But.
Dont get me started on the general manager! But this report card is about what happens on the field more than what happens off of it, so I will spare Mr O’Dowd, this time.
The stats are prior to Monday night’s game at San Diego.
PITCHING (C-) – We knew the pitching was going to be bad long before spring training, but did we know it was going to be this bad? The Rockies are 28th in the league with a 5.13 ERA. First in hits allowed with 285, 4th in homeruns allowed with 35, 25th in strikeouts with 191.
The bright spots if there are any would be Jamie Moyer not just being a feel good story, but leading the starting rotation with a 4.01 ERA, despite a 1-2 record with little run support or help in relief from the bullpen. Matt Reynolds leads the staff in wins with 3 and Nicasio and Guthrie lead the starters with 2 wins each. Betancourt has 6 saves in 7 opportunities. Still the pitching overall could be better.
FIELDING (C) – 27th in fielding percentage(.977), dead last in defensively efficiency rating(.647), 5th in errors committed with 24. Tulo leads the team with 7 errors already this season after he only had 6 errors all of last season.
HITTING (B) – 8th in batting average(.259), 11th in on base percentage(.329), 5th in slugging(.446), 5th in RBIs(142), and tied for 6th in homeruns(34) and 5th in runs scored(146). The bright spots would be Cargo leading the team in RBIs(26) and homeruns(7). Eight homeruns from the catcher’s position, 4 from Wilin Rosario and 4 from Ramon Hernandez and 22 RBIs between them. Fowler, and Colvin showing some power and run production with 6 homers and 23 RBIs between them. Both Fowler and Cuddyer need to cut down on the strikeouts with 25 apiece.
OVERALL GRADE – C
I received an email just last week from Brand Thunder executive Mark Subel informing myself of a new Colorado Rockies browser theme.
Brand Thunder (brandthunder.com) has worked with MLB.com to create an official Colorado Rockies theme browser for Firefox, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome browsers.
I have been familiar Brand Thunder themed browsers for a short time, as I use a Duke Blue Devil theme by Brand Thunder currently on my laptop at home and my desktop at the office.
With the Colorado Rockies browser theme, you can get news as it happens, and social connectivity via facebook and Twitter. The Colorado Rockies browser theme can be found on ColoradoRockies.com or you can click here.
Thank you Mark Subel of Brand Thunder for the heads up!
If you live in the Denver metro area and you havent seen the latest Westword magazine, you should probably pick one up. Jamie Moyer is on the cover of this weeks issue. I scooped up a copy in hopes of having it autographed. Let’s hope that being on the cover doesnt carry with it any curses like it does being on the cover of Sports Illustrated. You gotta love the cover, with an old school baseball card look, which is fitting for Moyer, who at 49 is the oldest pitcher to win a major league game. How can you not like a story on the career and the triumphs of Jamie Moyer? For the entire article by Westword’s Caleb Hannan click here.