The Colorado Rockies won again on Tuesday night at Coors Field 5-2, defeating another pitcher with a long resume of Major League success.
A two-run first inning homer off of the bat of Carlos Gonzalez and a solo shot in the 6th gave the Rockies enough to get past the Braves. Just for insurance, Dexter Fowler added two more with an 8th inning bases loaded hit up the middle.
A win is a win. The Rockies will take it. However, the game adds to the increasingly frustrating fact that the Rockies are one team at home and a completely different one on the road.
In a six-game road trip that saw the Rockies play the two teams in the NL West basement, the club scored a combined eight runs. That's right, eight runs in six games. They were shut out twice, scored three runs twice (once in extra innings) and scored one run twice.
On the road trip the Rockies did not hit a ball out of the ballpark.
A day later and the real Rockies decided to show up again. In two games, the first against a Cy Young candidate in Tim Hudson and the second against a former All-Star and World Series Champion Derek Lowe, the Rockies have scored a total of 10 runs and hit three home runs.
Every time the Rockies go on the road fans give up hope for the playoffs. The hope is suddenly revived when the Rockies arrive at Coors Field.
There are as many theories for the road deficiency as their are blades of grass in the Coors Field outfield. Some make a slight amount of sense, most seem pretty far fetched.
With wind once again being blown into the sails of a once-shipwrecked dream of the playoffs, there is one thing for sure. If the Rockies want to make their third miracle run in four years, they simply have to find a way to win on the road.
The Rockies do not have to score five runs per game. They don't have to hit the ball out of the ballpark. They simply have to find a way to scratch out wins in opposing teams ballparks.
The way for the club to do that is to throw all of the formula's out the window. Who cares what makes the disparity so huge. There is always time to question why, but that will never change. The fact is, if this club wants to find itself battling it out for a wild card berth, they have to quit examining the reasoning behind why they can't play on the road and just find a way to win games.
When that happens, and it may not, the Rockies will most likely find themselves playing baseball that is more relaxed on the road. They don't have to think about why things aren't working and suddenly they won't be pressing anymore. Suddenly they will be moving runners from first to third on base hits instead of thinking that they have to hit a grand slam with only one runner on base.
So while it is fun to watch the Rockies play at Coors Field, and while the playoff race is still within reason, the fact is, this team is going nowhere if they cannot start winning games on the road and winning the majority of them.
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