Eight is enough, eight losses that is. It looks like the Rockies packed their offense on this first game of the 9 game roadtrip. An 8 run 10th inning gave the Rockies their first interleague win of the season and ended an 8 game losing streak. The Rockies got homeruns from Chris Nelson(3), Carlos Gonzalez(17) and Michael Cuddyer(10), accounting for 6 of the Rockies 12 runs. Rockies pitching overall did a decent job allowing the Tigers to score just 4 runs, all credited to Francis who went 5.1 innings. Matt Belisle got the win, his 3rd on the season. With the win the Rockies “improve” to 25-38. Game two of the 3 game series is at 2:05pm at Comerica Park.
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)
Who knew the Rox had it in them? Completing a sweep of the hapless, soon to be American League Astros, a team which committed 7 errors during the 4 game series with the Rockies, when their overall poor play throughout the series made those 7 errors seem like an understatement in reality.
So with no Tulowitzki in the lineup the Rockies were able to continue their hot hitting. The Rockies placed the shortstop on the 15 day DL after he was initially listed as day to day earlier on Thursday. The Rockies cranked out 11 runs on 15 hits on their way to their longest win streak of the season currently at 4. Carlos Gonzalez again led the way with a 3 run shot in the first inning, his 4th consecutive homerun in as many at-bats. The Rockies 5 run first inning and 4 run second inning knocked out Astros then 5-1 starter Bud Norris from the game after 1.2 innings. The Rockies 2-4 hitters, Scutaro, Gonzalez and Cuddyer went 8 for 13, accounting for 7 runs. Third baseman Jordan Pacheco who has been impressive so far this season went 3 for 5 with 2 RBIs from the 7th spot in the lineup. Pacheco is currently batting .304 through 27 games.
The Rockies continue the homestand with a 3 game series against the suddenly again Kemp-less Dodgers who looks to be out at least a month. The Dodgers were 9-5 during the time Kemp was just on the DL previously, so they know how to win. I just dont believe they will be able to maintain that level of productivity over the next month or so.
The Rockies are 2-1 against the Dodgers at Coors Field and 2-4 overall for the season. Probables for tonight’s game – Josh Outman(0-1, 9.64) for the Rockies versus Chris Capuano(7-1, 2.14)
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)
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
With some certainty Astros fans have little to look forward to this season, except the end of the season. 2013 the Astros move to the American League which gives them a new, fresher start, if you will. There’s little talent on the Astros roster, so Astros fans shouldnt expect them to surprise anyone in the division, let alone the National League. This years Astros are not last seasons D’backs, and if you followed this blog for any length of time you know I despise the D’backs(as well as almost everything Arizona), so for me to get them the slightest bit of credit, means I must not be feeling well.
With the same amount if not greater certainty Rockies fans arent sure what to expect from this team for the 2012 season. Part of that is that the NL West is still anybody’s game, despite the Giants and D’backs seemingly to be the favorites by the media. Sure, there were moves were made this offseason. Gone are Iannetta(thank God!), Cook, Street, Smith, Stewart, Hammel, Spilborghs and others. In are Cuddyer, Scutaro, Hernandez, Moyer, Guthrie, etc. Is this team on paper better than last season’s team? I believe they are, but not that much better to win the NL West. Pitching of course being the unknown factor.
The Rockies should take 2 out of 3 in the series as I’m giving the Astros game 1 since it is their home opener. God I hope I’m wrong and the Rox sweep! It would be a great way to come into the home opener at Coors Field on April 9th.