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.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Juan Nicasio shows that he has taken huge steps forward for the Colorado Rockies

Juan Nicasio showed his huge steps on Tuesday night.
One pitch Juan.

That is what would have been an appropriate nickname for Colorado Rockies starter Juan Nicasio in 2013. The right-hander threw his four seemed fastball literally 95 percent of the time. After being rushed to the big leagues, it was the only pitch that was good enough to use at the big league level.

On Tuesday night, with the Rockies in need of a win with a road trip hanging in the balance, Nicasio made it look like it would be a rough night early on. He gave up two runs in the 1st inning. He had two on and a run in before he had recorded a single out.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Another heartbreaking loss for the Colorado Rockies in first game of set at Petco Park

Jordan Lyles struggled the second time through.
A fan of the Colorado Rockies without chunks of hair missing might not be a real fan.

Year-in and year-out, the Rockies head west on their charter plane only to watch their record and spot in the standings plummet. It is inexpiable. On Monday night in San Diego, one of the few visiting parks where the Rockies play well, Colorado blew a four run lead, losing 5-4.

The final dagger came on an embarrassing wild pitch from Rex Brothers, which scored a run, then allowed another run to come in Wilin Rosario threw the ball past him on the play at the plate. The circus music was faintly playing early in the inning, as Brothers continued missing the strike zone and walked the bases loaded. When the wild pitch came, the speakers went to full blast.

Monday, April 14, 2014

GUEST POST: Can the Colorado Rockies stay healthy enough to compete in the NL West?

Can Troy Tulowitzki stay healthy for the Rockies?
By: Cameron Parsons

With two straight last place finishes in the NL West, the Rockies are the team to be overlooked as many will do. An easy team to shrug off, the Colorado Rockies are going to surprise some people this year as well as make a push for a wild card spot. 

The potent Rockies lineup along with a rotation that can compete daily, will equal success. Keeping healthy will be a major key this year for the Rockies along with a bullpen that doesn't give up late leads.