Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Morales of the story is that Franklin wants to be in the Colorado Rockies rotation permanently

Franklin Morales has been better than anyone expected for the Rockies.
There is a reason why Franklin Morales was one of the first pitchers taken in your fantasy baseball draft during spring training.

Oh wait. He wasn't? No one took him at all? Oh yeah. Everyone expected him to be in the bullpen with an ERA hovering around 5.50 for the Colorado Rockies.

On Tuesday night, as the Rockies ensured a winning series against the Giants and a winning homestand, behind an unbelievable performance from Morales, who pitched seven innings giving up just five hits and one run. The lone mistake came when Hunter Pence laced a no-doubt home run in the 5th inning.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Offense shows firepower as Jorge De La Rosa shows he still has it for Colorado Rockies

Jorge De La Rosa returned to form on Friday night.
0-for-6 with two walks and three strikeouts.

When Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki combine for those numbers, it usually doesn't result in a win for the Colorado Rockies. On Monday night at Coors Field, not only did the Rockies win without the help of their two sluggers, they won in blowout fashion.

The Rockies took some revenge on the Giants, who broke their hearts twice less than 10 days ago in San Francisco. A four-run 1st inning, followed by another run in the 2nd and two more in the 3rd inning, the Rockies rode to victory at the expense of San Francisco starter Ryan Vogelsong.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sloppy baseball preventing Colorado Rockies from being a very good team

Jordan Pacheco had a rough day.
It's the little things.

The Colorado Rockies are a talented group. They have a lineup that has somewhere in the neighborhood of 23 or 24 other teams in baseball jealous. Their pitching might not be deep, but they have guys who are proving they can win.

Despite being in the top three in the National League in nearly every offensive category, the Rockies still sit at just .500 after blowing a really good opportunity to sweep a Phillies team that generally has the Rockies number. Instead, the Rockies get ready for a series with the Giants after settling for a series victory.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Jordan Lyles continues turning heads with another dominant outing for the Colorado Rockies

Jordan Lyles has been impressive for the Rockies so far.
When the Colorado Rockies dealt Dexter Fowler to the Houston Astros, the majority of Rockies fans scrambled to Baseball-Reference.com to find out who Jordan Lyles and Brandon Barnes were.

Nothing on that website could have introduced fans to Lyles the way that he has so far in the 2014 campaign. After three strong starts to begin the season, Lyles was impressive again in his second outing at Coors Field as a Rockie. In route to picking up his third win of the season, Lyles pitched seven innings of near shutout baseball. The only run that crossed the plate came on a Boone Logan throwing error after Lyles had departed. He surrendered just five hits and walked one.

Colorado Rockies show their potential in huge win against Phillies

Troy Tulowitzki took a 14-pitch at-bat in the 1st inning.
This is the Colorado Rockies team that gives every fan hope. This is the team that has fans wonder what could happen if they stay healthy.

On Friday night, the Rockies did everything right. They pitched well and they hit well. And saying well is a huge understatement for both of those aspects of the game.

The Rockies offense made Phillies starter Jonathan Pettibone wish the Phillies charter plane had never landed in Denver. Troy Tulowitzki worked his first plate appearance into 14-pitches before Pettibone finally walked the Rockies slugger. That loaded the bases for Justin Morneau, who drilled a ground rule double that scored two runs. That kicked off the scoring, which became contagious for the Rockies.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Franklin Morales states his case for staying in the rotation for Colorado Rockies

Franklin Morales was great on Thursday.
It wasn't the typical gem, but it still qualifies as one.

With the eyes of the Denver sports world waiting for the Avalanche's incredible come from behind win, Franklin Morales was quietly stating his case for a permanent spot in the Colorado Rockies starting rotation.

For some reason, when Morales pitches, the sense of confidence and domination simply doesn't exist. Even when he has thrown six innings of four hit, one run baseball, Morales looks like he is one pitch away from throwing the game away.

Morales has great stuff, but is so erratic that it never seems like he is pounding the strike zone or throwing the ball right where he wants. However, on Thursday afternoon in San Diego, Morales was good enough to get the job done. His lone mistake came when he caught to much of the plate with Xavier Nady at bat. Nady drilled the ball to the facade of the second deck of the stands. However, that was all the Padres would get off of Morales.

Inability to hit in clutch situations leaves Colorado Rockies in a familiar situation on the road

Jordan Pacheco had a rough night on Wednesday.
The Colorado Rockies can't win on the road. Also, water is wet.

The Rockies lost a 4-2 decision in San Diego on Wednesday night, dropping their record on their current seven-game road trip to 2-4. They have to salvage an early evening game on Thursday in order to come home without a predictably bad West Coast road trip.

On Wednesday night, the goat was Jordan Pacheco. The Rockies backup catcher was in the spotlight twice for the wrong things. With the game tied at one, Pacheco simply whiffed on a ball in the dirt from starter Jorge De La Rosa. With runners at first and third, De La Rosa threw a ball in the dirt with Chris Denorfia at that plate. Pacheco missed it, allowing a run to score and another runner to move into scoring position. Denorfia then smashed a double down the right field line, scoring the Padres third run.