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.
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)
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.
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?
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!
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.
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).