Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Time for the Colorado Rockies to give Jorge De La Rosa his due after another phenomenal start

Jorge De La Rosa doesn't get the credit he deserves.
Matt McBride got the Gatorade bath after the game for the Colorado Rockies. He deserved it.

The Rockies called up the first baseman on Tuesday and he made an impact in his first start on Wednesday. In the bottom of the 6th inning, with the Rockies trailing 2-1, Royals starter Danny Duffy got two quick outs, and nearly three, but Nolan Arenado reached base on a throwing error. After a base hit and a walk, the Rockies suddenly had the bases loaded.

That is when McBride made his mark. He drilled the first pitch he saw from Duffy over the left-center field wall. The only question was whether it was going to have enough height to get out of the park. It did, and suddenly the Rockies had a 5-2 lead.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Same old story as Colorado Rockies bullpen blows it again; time for Walt Weiss to put his foot down

Walt Weiss needs to put his foot down.
At some point, the question has to be asked, why do the Colorado Rockies insist on employing a strategy that has been nothing short of a failure?

That was the case again on Tuesday night, as Rockies rookie Tyler Matzek had a very good outing. Through 6-2/3 innings of one-run baseball, Matzek was showing that he was taking another step in his maturation. He was shutting down a hot Royals lineup, and despite only two runs of support, was in line for the win.

However, he was showing signs of tiring, as he walked two Royals batters back-to-back with two outs in the 7th. With 98 pitches thrown, there was no room for argument, Rockies manager Walt Weiss walked to the mound and pointed to the bullpen with his right arm, indicating that he wanted Adam Ottavino, who was warming up in the bullpen.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

It was a great day to be a fan of the Colorado Rockies

Todd Helton overshadowed a great day for the Rockies.
Todd Helton showed up at Coors Field, and apparently dropped off some of his bats.

In what will go down as one of the best days in the 2014 season, but also one of the best days in Colorado Rockies fans memory, Helton's number was retired in a moving pregame ceremony, then the Rockies won two games in dramatic fashion.

Unfortunately for Drew Stubbs, his walk-off three-run home run to cap a five run 9th inning come-from-behind win got overshadowed by both Helton, and Michael Cuddyer, who returned from two months on the disabled list and promptly hit for the cycle in game two of the day-night doubleheader.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

As Colorado Rockies kick off Todd Helton weekend, get ready for the local hatred

Todd Helton takes far too much criticism.
Some things aren't meant to be understood.

For years, when Todd Helton was in his prime, I thought that the only thing that would hold him back from Cooperstown was the perception from national writers who discounted his Coors Field numbers. As Helton aged, however, the critics weren't coming from that national writers, but instead, the local media who ignored his career in the early 2000's.

As Helton aged, the local critics became louder and louder, even upon his retirement, the amount of people who criticized him for his diminishing numbers as his career wound down became larger and larger and louder and louder.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Jorge De La Rosa gives the Colorado Rockies a chance to win every fifth day

De La Rosa always gives the Rockies a chance.
The Colorado Rockies are on the fast track to their first 100 loss season. The only thing that might stop them from getting there is Jorge De La Rosa.

Despite a terrible season from his club, De La Rosa seems to find a way to put his team on the winning side of the ledger far more often than not. It isn't always the most clean outing, and it isn't necessarily the most dazzling every time, but De La Rosa gives his team a chance to win every time he takes the mound.

On a team with 47 wins overall, De La Rosa owns 12 of the victories. He continues to dominate at Coors Field, something that no one else has seemed to figure out since the beautiful park was opened way back in 1995.