The tentative Major League Baseball schedule has been released and has the Rockies opening the 2013 season on the road in Milwaukee with a 3 game series against the Brewers beginning April 1st. The Rockies home opener falls on April 5th against the Padres. Schedule highlights at Coors Field will be the Rockies hosting both the Yankees(May 7-9) and Red Sox(Sept 24-25). Rockies schedule here.
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 senior statesman Jamie Moyer with each start this season continues to make history as the oldest major league pitcher to start a game. Last night after 3 starts he made even more history, becoming the oldest pitcher to win a game ever in major league history.
The difference between this start and his previous two were that Moyer had run support this time out. Dexter Fowler got the ball rolling with a 2 run homer in the 3rd. And after 4 innings of work, Moyer had what seemed to be a comfortable 3-0 lead. As we all know, playing in Coors Field a 3-0 lead can never really be seen as comfortable and especially not with how the Rockies have played this defensively this season. The Rockies are second in the majors having committed 15 errors, Troy Tulowitzki being responsible for 6 of those. Congratulations again to Jamie Moyer on his record!
The Rockies(5-6) look to take the series tonight against San Diego(3-9) with Juan Nicasio(0-0, 6.52) going against Clayton Richard(1-0, 2.77) for the Padres. Gametime 6:40pm.
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).
Now that’s what we’re talking about! 12 runs off of 16 hits for the Rockies are they take the first game of three against the Padres. The twelve runs scored by the Rockies is only the second time this season they have scored in double figures(April 20, Giants). The Rockies are 11-1 in games where they score 6 runs or more. Before tonight’s game the Rockies had only scored 12 runs total in their last 5 games, while giving up 20 runs and going 1-4 in that span. Tonight’s win ties the Rockies with the Giants for first place after the Giants 11-4 loss to the Cubs.
The Rockies tonight had 5 players with multiple hits. Tulo and Spilborghs both went 3 for 5. Tulo led the way with 3 RBIs. Iannetta was the only starting position player without a hit, (0 for 4 with a walk).
Jorge De La Rosa didnt have his best outing of the season, but with the help of the offense got his 5th win on the season(5-1, 3.70), tying him for 1st in the NL. Huston Street got his 12th save of the season, putting him in 2nd in the NL.
The Rockies have a rare Saturday afternoon game with a 1:10pm start.
Here is the back page of the NY Daily news this morning. Kinda of a lame title to the picture, but it tell the whole story I suppose. The Mets Carlos Beltran single handedly beat the Rockies with 3 two run homers in the game. Beltran went 3 for 5 with 6 RBIs. The Rockies alone had 2 homeruns, but both came with no one on base. Jonathan Herrera in the 1st inning and Todd Helton in the 4th. Rockies pitching, to be kind, underachieved in this game and though the Rockies ability to come back a couple of times in the game were positive signs, the pitching overall ultimately did them in. Ubaldo leaves the game in the 4th having gave up 5 earned runs. Morales and Lindstrom both giving up 2 runs each as well in the 7th and 9th innings. The Rockies series loss to the Mets is their 3rd series loss at Coors Field this season. The Giants and Pirates were the first two series losses at home. The Rockies are 2-8 so far in the month of May this season, 1-3 at Coors Field.
The Rox will continue the homestand with a 3 game series against former Rockie Brad Hawpe and the San Diego Padres.
The Rockies got their first series sweep of the young season with a 7-5 win over the Dodgers yesterday, while at the same time taking a half game lead in the N.L. West over the Padres.
The story of the game of course was Helton’s 3 RBI homerun in the 3rd off Chad Billingsley. Then Tulowitzki’s 2 run shot in the 4th to give the Rockies a 7-4 lead.
The biggest stat of the game in my opinion was that the Rockies held the Dodgers to only 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position. Jason Hammel records his first win of the season after allowing 4 earned runs on 6 hits, including 2 homeruns, over 5 innings. Huston Street picked up his 3rd save of the season.
The Rockies are in Pittsburgh today to start a 4 games series against the Pirates and former Rockies manager Clint Hurdle.