Friday, May 31, 2013

Colorado Rockies waste vintage Todd Helton homer in loss to Dodgers

Todd Helton can still swing it--every now and then.
The Toby Keith song says it perfectly. "I ain't as good as I once was, but I'm as good once, as I ever was."

No truer words could be spoken about Todd Helton. The former slugger with Hall of Fame credentials has been a disappointment in what is assumed to be his capstone season. With a batting average hovering around the Mendoza line, Helton's spot in the everyday lineup has been questioned by some of his most ardent supporters.

In the 9th inning, Helton gave his fans another opportunity to remember what he used to do on such a regular basis. With a runner on and the Rockies down by two runs, Helton fouled off pitch after pitch from Dodgers closer Brandon League before launching a game-tying second deck blast. The home run tied him with Yogi Berra on the all-time home run list.

Colorado Rockies are officially in a rut after loss to Houston Astros

Juan Nicasio has talent, but it is unrefined.
Don't let the highs get too high and the lows get too low.

That is a saying that most managers will utter to the press at least four times per season. For Walt Weiss and his Colorado Rockies, it was one of those nights. Unfortunately for those who cheer for the Rockies, it was a night when they had to remind themselves not to get too low.

Flash back two weeks ago, the Rockies were poised to take three out of four from the reigning World Champion San Francisco Giants. The wins propelled the Rockies back into contention, ended a 10-game losing streak to the Giants, and revived a cynical fan base that was questioning why this team could lose two of three to the lowly Chicago Cubs.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Colorado Rockies hit a new low for 2013 with home loss to Astros

Tyler Chatwood was phenomenal.
The Colorado Rockies have hit a new low.

The positive can only be pointed out for so long.

There is no way to be positive after the Colorado Rockies pathetically inept offensive production since Sunday. On Wednesday night, the Rockies lost to the Astros for the second time in three days, going down 6-3.

The Astros might be the worst team in the last 20 years in Major League Baseball. They aren't even trying to win. After an ownership change, the club scrapped their high paid players and went with a youth movement. How young and inexperienced are the Astros? The New York Yankees have 11 players on their 40-man roster who make more money themselves than the entire Astros 25-man roster.

Baseball is a strange game. Even good teams will lose to bad teams. A pitcher will have a bad outing, or a bad team will get hot and win a few games in a row. That would be a great if the Rockies could use one of those excuses. Unfortunately for the guys in purple pinstripes, the two losses to the Astros have included none of those options.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Good news for the Colorado Rockies, their starting pitching is good enough

De La Rosa has been phenomenal.
There are sirens going off among Colorado Rockies fans. And for good reason.

This Rockies team has scored a grand total of two runs in 21 innings of baseball in Houston. The Astros are dueling the Marlins for the title of the worst team in baseball and have no business beating anyone who claims to be a legitimate contender.

The offense was downright disgusting. With runners in scoring position the Rockies seemed to think that the goal was to hit the ball right at the defense, or simply to strike out.

Simply said, the offensive performance by the Rockies was as bad of baseball as anyone will ever see. The execution was poor, the situational at-bats were bad. It was not good.  Simply said, the Rockies were lucky to get out of Houston with a win.

With the focus around the potent, yet futile offense, it is important to note a positive that is being forgotten about.

The Rockies starting pitchers have been phenomenal.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Colorado Rockies still in need of maturing before they can be serious contenders

Inexcusable.

The Colorado Rockies, fresh off of a hard fought series with the reigning World Champions, showed up to the Minute Maid Park in Houston on Monday and dismantled all of the goodwill they had bought for themselves in the weekend series against the Giants.

The Rockies, once again, scored early. They plated one run in the 1st inning behind a Carlos Gonzalez double, then added another run on a perfectly executed squeeze bunt by Jonathan Herrera in the 4th. The Rockies then went scoreless for the next eight innings, allowing the Astros to score the game-winner in the 12th inning.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Colorado Rockies lose, but show signs of growth in San Francisco

Jon Garland was the victim of bad defense on Sunday.
It would be easy to take a series loss in San Francisco from a negative perspective.

The Colorado Rockies had the San Francisco Giants on the ropes in all three games, but failed to capitalize in the final two contests, resulting in losses. Sunday's 7-3 loss was particularly hard to swallow considering the way the team lost on Saturday, then bounced back to score two runs in the 1st inning on Sunday, yet still lost.

On Sunday, the issue was timely hitting. The Rockies forced Matt Cain into a corner in the 1st inning, walking Dexter Fowler and Nolan Arenado, then after a Carlos Gonzalez strike out, walked Troy Tulowitzki to load the bases. Michael Cuddyer drilled a two-run double to left field, giving the Rockies another early advantage.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Colorado Rockies lose heart breaker; get a chance to show their resolve

The Rockies lost a heart breaker on Saturday
Drew Goodman of Root Sports was gushing in the top of the 6th inning about how this 10-game stretch would be defining for the Colorado Rockies. He talked about it being a landmark in the season for when this team put it all together.

With the Rockies up 4-0 and in surprising command of the World Champions, the team was once again reminded of why the Giants have won two rings in the past three seasons. They don't quit. They don't back down, and they never give in.

Rockies starter Juan Nicasio looked very good for five innings, following up his nearly perfect outing from last Sunday. The wheels started to fall off in the 6th, when he gave up back-to-back doubles to lead off the inning. Rockies manager Walt Weiss wisely went straight to the mound and pulled his starter, despite the success he had been having early in the game.

Chatwood, Cuddyer help Colorado Rockies turn the tables on San Francisco

Tyler Chatwood has forced himself into the rotation.
The Colorado Rockies made the Giants look like they didn't have a shot on Friday night.

Sure, the Rockies were able to take three-of-four from the Giants a weekend ago. That was at Coors Field. It is different at Coors Field. The Rockies have an advantage at altitude, and a team built for high-scoring affairs. The truth would come out a week later when the teams regrouped by the bay.

If that was the thought, as it was for many Rockies skeptics, the team answered in convincing fashion on Friday night, blanking the Giants in their home ballpark, 5-0.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

No chance to breathe for the Colorado Rockies as tough stretch continues

Tyler Chatwood could set the tone on Friday night.
After a tough stretch in early May, the Colorado Rockies returned to Coors Field for seven games against the Giants and Diamondbacks. The homestand was a make-or-break set of games for the Rockies.

If the Rockies go on to do anything special in the 2013 season, they very well may point back to the homestand in May where they stopped the nosedive, reversed their May fortunes and put a whipping on the two teams in front of them in the standings.

Instead of going on a tailspin into oblivion, as they have in the past two May's, these Rockies altered their fate and went 5-2, climbing back into a tie for first place, and nearly putting them back to .500 for the month, despite the rough start.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The 2013 Colorado Rockies have a chance to win division

De La Rosa continued to surprise on Wednesday.
As bad as the Colorado Rockies were playing two weeks ago, they suddenly have re-emerged. On Wednesday afternoon, the Rockies rode Carlos Gonzalez and Jorge De La Rosa to a 4-1 victory, and a series win against the Diamondbacks.

It might be time for the critics to admit it, myself included. This Rockies team might be for real. The main reason this team might be able to go the full six months and stay in contention is simple. When things go bad, they respond by playing better. They don't give in. They believe that they are good.

The Rockies went 10-18 in May of 2012, effectively ending any chance they had of respectability. In May of 2011, they won just eight games, going 8-21. With that track record, it is understandable why the skepticism was at an all-time high when the Rockies started off May with a 5-9 record and seemed to be in free fall mode for the third straight May.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Wilin Rosario delivers walk-off 10th inning single as Colorado Rockies keep standings close

Wilin Rosario was the hero on Tuesday night.
From goat to hero in the matter of a night.

That is the story of Wilin Rosario on Tuesday night. The catcher laced a single down the right field line, scoring Carlos Gonzalez from second base after the Diamondbacks had walked Troy Tulowitzki in order to pitch to Rosario. The 10th inning single scored Gonzalez to give the Rockies a victory and put them a Wednesday matinee victory away from being tied for first place.

Rosario's clutch hit comes the night after being heavily criticized for his lackadaisical defense behind the plate. Jon Garland threw two wild pitches in critical moments on Monday night, however both pitches were very block-able, and ended up costing the Rockies.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Patrick Corbin shuts down Colorado Rockies in opener, Garland struggles again

Jon Garland might be the odd man out if he doesn't figure it out soon.
Jim Tracy would have loved his post game press conference on Monday night if he was still with the Colorado Rockies. It was the perfect opportunity for him to use a classic cliche line that he seemed to pull out far too often in his tenure with the Rockies.

"Sometimes you've gotta tip your cap to the other guy on the mound." Those would have been the words that Tracy would have used to describe the night that Arizona Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin had on Monday night.

While Tracy overused the saying, and it came across as an excuse, Monday night would have been an extremely appropriate time to use that line. Corbin was phenomenal. His slider would have had physicists questioning if the altitude actually effects breaking balls.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Colorado Rockies finish out impressive weekend with series victory over Giants

Juan Nicasio was brilliant on Sunday.
Elich Gardens has nothing on these Colorado Rockies.

On Sunday, a day the Rockies generally forget they are playing, the club put together arguably their best game of the 2013 season. They defeated the defending World Champion San Francisco Giants in shutout fashion, 5-0 to complete a four-game series victory.

With his job on the line, starter Juan Nicasio rose to the occasion. In six innings the righty delivered shutout baseball, giving up just three hits and one walk. Importantly, he struck out five, which may not seem all that impressive, except when it is considered that Nicasio has struggled to put away opposing batters all year long.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Colorado Rockies, Tyler Chatwood make a statement against San Francisco on Saturday

Tyler Chatwood made his case on Saturday.
A win on Sunday, and no one will be talking about the Colorado Rockies lackluster offense over the prior two weeks. A win on Sunday, and the conversation will move back to the Rockies being a contender.

On Saturday night, the Rockies rode the wave of momentum to a 10-2 victory over their achilles heel, the San Francisco Giants. The Rockies got a strong performance from Tyler Chatwood on the mound, the same Tyler Chatwood who was impressive against the Dodgers before being sent out for more seasoning.

The small, flame-throwing right-hander did everything he needed to do to keep the pesky Giants at bay, and give his team a chance to score enough runs against Giants starter Tim Lincecum. Chatwood went 5-2/3 innings, giving up one run on seven hits. He walked four and struck out four. The Giants had plenty of base runners, but Chatwood was able to slam the door shut when he needed to.

Maybe the most impressive part of the start for Chatwood was that he wasn't extremely sharp. He didn't have the command that he did in Los Angeles, yet, he still was able to limit the Giants to just one run.

Guest Post: Friday Night Fireworks at Coors Field as Colorado Rockies win a shootout

Jordan Pacheco launched his first career grand slam Friday night.
By Bryan Head (@Bryan5280)

Jordan Pacheco's first career grand slam propelled the Colorado Rockies over the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field on Friday night, ending a 10-game losing streak against their division rivals.

The Rockies fell behind early when former Rockie Marco Scutaro singled off of Jorge De La Rosa, and later scored on a sacrifice fly from Buster Posey.  When the Giants added three more runs in the top of the 2nd inning, it looked like the Rockies were going to once again lose ground in the NL West.

Wilin Rosario gave Rockies fans hope when he led off the Rockies half of the 2nd inning with a single, and later scored on a ground ball from Jordan Pacheco.  The Rockies showed off their speed in the 3rd inning, when Eric Young Jr. led off with an infield single and Dexter Fowler reached on a bunt.  Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki added hard-hit singles to tie the game at 4.

The Rockies blew the game open in the bottom of the 5th when they loaded the bases for Jordan Pacheco.  Pacheco turned on the first pitch that he saw, and launched a no-doubter into the bleachers in left field.  The home run was the first of the season for the 27-year-old, and the first grand slam of his career.


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Colorado Rockies blow six run lead, season in a tailspin

Jhoulys Chacin blew a six-run lead for the Rockies.
The old saying in baseball is that every team loses 60 games and every team wins 60 games, it is what the team does in the other 42 games that defines their season.

Of course, which 42 games those defining games are is for anyone to guess.

In a season with 162 games, teams are going to win games that they should have lost, and lose games that they should have won. However, there are often a couple of games throughout a season that a team can point to as season-defining games.

After the Colorado Rockies, losers of 10 straight games to the San Francisco Giants, blew a six run lead that they built on San Francisco Giants starter Matt Cain, it would be hard not to think that the Rockies have officially shifted into non-contender mode.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Colorado Rockies lose lackluster finale in Chicago, need swagger back

The Rockies have a pivotal homestand starting on Thursday.
One step forward, two steps back.

That may be the best way to describe the Colorado Rockies month of May so far. With a chance to win a three-game set in Chicago and salvage a road trip that started off on such a bad note, the Rockies barely showed up on Wednesday night, losing 6-3 to a Cubs team that could lose 100 games for the second consecutive year.

Throughout the past two weeks, the Rockies have had one aspect of their game play well and the other fail. If the pitching is great, the bats don't produce. Rarely has both happened at the same time. However, on Wednesday, neither the offense or the pitching did their part.

Jon Garland, who has proven to be a valuable pickup late in spring training, struggled early. He gave up a leadoff home run to David DeJesus. Despite a few solid middle innings, the dagger was delivered when Garland gave up a two-run blast to opposing pitcher Jeff Samardzija in the 2nd inning, giving the Cubs a 3-1 lead immediately following the Rockies offense tying the game.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Jeff Francis makes his case and Carlos Gonzalez has a career night as Colorado Rockies roll

Carlos Gonzalez had a career night on Tuesday in Chicago.
Listen to the national media and it is clear to them. Carlos Gonzalez is a Coors Field creation.

Ask the Chicago Cubs the same question, and they would quickly disagree. CarGo had a career night on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field, helping the Colorado Rockies route the Cubs 9-4, giving the Rockies a chance to win the series on Wednesday night.

Gonzalez put together his first five-hit night in his brilliant young career. Included in the five hits were two home runs and a double. Both home runs were classic CarGo homers, line drives that had fans in the seats scattering, rather than trying to catch the souvenir.

Monday, May 13, 2013

If Colorado Rockies want to salvage the season, changes need to start now

Juan Nicasio needs some Triple-A seasoning.
It's time.

The Colorado Rockies must start making moves to salvage a season that started with so much promise. It may seem early to declare a team in need of wholesale changes when they were expected to finish in the basement of the National League West. The problem is, they have the talent to compete, and they must not swing and miss at the opportunity.

The Rockies got shelled by a terrible Chicago Cubs team on Monday night. Juan Nicasio started on the mound for the Rockies and continued to cause head-scratching among those following this team. With Drew Pomeranz and Tyler Chatwood pitching well in Triple-A, why is Nicasio still on the big league roster?

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Jorge De La Rosa flirts with a no-hitter as Colorado Rockies flip the script on the Cardinals

De La Rosa's performance was critical on Sunday.
Jorge De La Rosa was supposed to be the wild card in the Colorado Rockies rotation. Instead, he is looking like a true ace.

De La Rosa was re-signed by the Rockies after the 2010 season, it came as a bit of a surprise. The left-hander had made a name for himself, and was probably one of the best three starting pitchers available in free agency that year. Instead of testing the waters, De La Rosa re-signed with the Rockies for two years, with two option years on top.

Obviously the move turned out to be a wise one. Before the end of May in 2011, De La Rosa was scheduled for Tommy John surgery. The procedure effectively ended both his 2011 season, and ate up all but three starts in 2012. With the recovery taking as long as it did, coupled with De La Rosa's reputation for having a fragile psyche, the general attitude of how he would fare in 2013 was far from positive.

As the Mexican-born lefty closes in on the two-year mark since his surgery, he is starting to show that he might be better than he was before the injury. On Sunday, in a game that capped off one of the most rare pitching weekends in baseball memory, De La Rosa danced with Rockies history deep into the 7th inning. With two outs, David Freese smacked a ball past Jordan Pacheco at first base, giving the Cardinals their first hit of the day and ended De La Rosa's shot at a no-hitter.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Are the Colorado Rockies beginning their annual downward spiral?

Dante Bichette is feeling the heat for the first time.
Welcome back to the fickle world of professional sports, Dante Bichette.

One month ago, Bichette was a hero in Colorado once again. He had returned to the Rockies clubhouse, taking over as the hitting coach for a team with a ton of talent, but a group of guys who had been terribly undisciplined a year ago and couldn't find a way to corral their talent.

Fast-forward to May 11th. The Colorado Rockies offense has been shutout in two consecutive days, logging just two hits total, following a three game series in which they scored a total of five runs. For those keeping track at home, that means the Rockies offense has plated just five runs in the last five games. The Rockies haven't scored a run since the 1st inning of Thursday's game against the Yankees. That is a streak of 26 straight innings without a run.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Root Sports has an opportunity to make things right by bringing back Tom Helmer

Root Sports should bring back Tom Helmer when Joel Klatt leaves.
The Colorado Rockies got dominated by Shelby Miller to start out their six-game road trip. After Eric Young, Jr. led off the game with a single, the Rockies didn't reach base again.

The good news is that the pitching staff is still looking good. Jon Garland is proving to be more than a flash in the pan. He gave the Rockies a performance that was good enough to pick up a win on most nights. In five innings, Garland gave up three runs on seven hits to a very potent Cardinals offense. That isn't great, but for the Rockies, it should be enough.

The fact is, the Rockies offense has been struggling, so running into a dominant Shelby Miller was about the worst thing that could have happened.

Beyond the game, other news is starting to emerge that should be intriguing to Rockies fans.

Word is spreading that Joel Klatt, the Root Sports pre and post game host for Rockies games, will be leaving Root Sports on July 1st to join the new Fox Sports network, Fox Sports 1.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Colorado Rockies must continue to believe in themselves

The Colorado Rockies finished a three game series with a 3-1 loss to the New York Yankees. The game ended a six-game home stand in which the Rockies went just 2-4.

In the series, the Rockies scored a total of five runs. The potent offense suddenly was shutdown, and it wasn't by the typical set of Yankees pitchers that have shutdown solid offenses for years. The only dominant Yankee starter that the Rockies faced was CC Sabathia. He hasn't been himself, and he was done after four innings, following a nearly two hour rain delay.

For the Rockies, they have officially hit their first rough stretch of the season. The bats went cold at the same time, and they have squandered excellent pitching performances.

Baseball is an exceptionally mental game. Guys are well known for being superstitious in order to stay hot at the plate, or to keep a winning streak going. These practices play well into the fact that baseball can play with players minds.

Tough night for Colorado Rockies, sans Tulowitzki, as they drop winnable game against Yankees

Troy Tulowitzki simply can't stay healthy.
The fact is, two runs won't do it on most nights.

The Colorado Rockies got a great pitching performance on Tuesday night, which helped them win a 2-0 game. On Wednesday night, the offense once again only scored two runs. In most ballparks, two runs won't cut it. At Coors Field, the chances are that much more slim.

The Rockies got a decent outing from Juan Nicasio, who once again struggled to get outs, throwing too many pitches in too few innings. He gritted his way through five innings, giving up two runs on a home run from Vernon Wells, who drove a ball into the left field seats in the 1st inning.

Todd Helton, who occasionally reminds fans of what he was once able to accomplish, belted his own two-run homer in the bottom of the 2nd inning to tie the game. What looked like it might turn into a shootout settled into a true pitcher's duel.

Some might call it a duel, others might argue that two inept offenses struggled to get on base against two very average starting pitchers.

Of course, the Rockies offense is far better than the one the Yankees put on the lineup card for Wednesday night's game. However, the Rockies lineup was missing one of the key members. In fact, it was missing the key component that makes the Colorado offense hum.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Jorge De La Rosa, Carlos Gonzalez power help Colorado Rockies shutdown Yankees

Jorge De La Rosa was phenomenal on Tuesday.
Jorge De La Rosa came into spring training as the biggest question mark for the Colorado Rockies in 2013.

After a year-and-a-half recovery process from Tommy John surgery, coupled with De La Rosa's past issues with his own psyche, to come into 2013 leaning on De La Rosa as a dependable starting pitcher for the Rockies was one of the many reasons that critics saw the Rockies as a 100-loss team.

Through the first five weeks of the season, the hard-throwing lefty is showing that he is someone who the club can lean on, and who has the capability on any given night to dominate the opposition. Tuesday night against the Yankees happened to be that night for De La Rosa.

As the rain fell on Coors Field, continuing the tough weather luck the Rockies have had at home, De La Rosa dominated the Yankees. He pitched six shutout innings, giving up just three hits. He walked one and struck out two.

De La Rosa recorded nine outs via the groundball, with only two flyball outs. His ability to mix in all of his pitches and throw them for strikes helped him stay out of trouble.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Colorado Rockies broadcasters are some of the best, and the worst, in the business

Drew Goodman and George Frazier during the FSN days.
Following a Major League Baseball team in earnest is a very difficult task. They play 162 games per year, and they play most of them in the summer, when the weather is screaming for outdoor activities that don't involve watching baseball on TV.

However, those committed fans are stuck, for better or for worse, with the broadcasters that the network and radio stations pick to describe the game for them. There is usually little common ground when it comes to a team's broadcasters, people either love them or hate them.

The Colorado Rockies are no different, there are plenty of opinions that abound about the guys and gals who   become a part of every fans living room six to seven times per week. The Rockies have some extremely talented voices, along with some that have jobs in baseball for some unknown reason.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Chacin shaky in return from disabled list, Colorado Rockies must be resilient

Jhoulys Chacin made his return to the mound on Sunday.
The test has arrived for the 2013 Colorado Rockies.

Jhoulys Chacin returned from the disabled list on Sunday with a 1st inning thud, settled in for four very good innings, then struggled again in the 6th. There were flashes of the pitcher who has ace stuff, but the rust was certainly evident, especially in the early going.

The Rockies ended up losing 8-3, with the offense only able to put runs on the board via the solo home run. With runners in scoring position the offense failed to deliver a hit, going 0-for-9. That, combined with Chacin's outing, along with two crucial passed balls by Wilin Rosario behind the plate, combined to doom the Rockies on Sunday afternoon.

This early in the season, with the history that the Rockies have from 2012, and the way they have shown fight and battled back after tough losses, should make it easy for the team to wash this one off. At this point it isn't a trend that has gone on long enough to worry about it, so it should be assumed that this was the exception, not the rule.

The Rockies so far in 2013 have been a completely different baseball team than a year ago. For the most part they have been extremely sharp. They have played with discipline and look like they desire to win every game that they have been a part of. Sunday's game was the first game that they simply got outplayed in nearly every category.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Nolan Arenado shows he is the real deal for Colorado Rockies

Nolan Arenado looks like the real deal.
Welcome to the big leagues, Mr. Arenado.

On Saturday night at Coors Field, the Colorado Rockies top prospect put an exclamation point on his first week in the big leagues. After driving two balls to the warning track that resulted in loud outs earlier in the game off of Rays starter and reigning American League Cy Young David Price, Arenado made it happen when it counted.

With two outs in the 7th inning and the bases loaded, Arenado blasted the price pitch to the deepest part of the park. The ball sailed into the seats, and sent Price to the showers. What was a tight game was suddenly a laugher. The newest member of the Rockies was showing exactly why the Rockies decided to call him up after just a month at the Triple-A level.

Watch the new third baseman step to the plate and there is one thing that is distinctly different from the typical rookie. There is no deer-in-the-headlights look. There is not a sense that he is overwhelmed with the realization that he is facing pitchers like Price, Josh Beckett and others who have etched their name in the history books of Major League Baseball.

Arenado steps to the plate with a calm confidence. He acts like he belongs at the big league level and he knows it. He isn't overwhelmed by the speed of things, he seems to fit right in.

Golden opportunity blown by Colorado Rockies in extra inning loss to Tampa Bay

Jeff Francis looked pedestrian at best on Friday night.
The Colorado Rockies fought hard, but it was too little too late.

Matt Belisle, one of the most dependable members of the bullpen, had his worst inning of the season, giving up three runs in the top half of the 10th inning, giving the Rays a 7-4 victory. The loss came after the Rockies had several opportunities to bury the Rays, especially after getting to starter Matt Moore in the early innings.

In both the 3rd and 4th innings, the Rockies stranded runners on second and third base. Those potential runs proved pivotal for the club, as the Rays fought back against Jeff Francis and eventually won the game.

The fact is, it is time to get serious about Francis and his ability to make good enough pitches and keep the Rockies in games long enough to win consistently. A starter who is given a three run lead in the early innings must find a way to get outs and get his offense back in the dugout to score more runs.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Colorado Rockies face big test with upcoming schedule

Roy Oswalt signed a minor league deal with the Rockies.
The Colorado Rockies continue to surprise the baseball world.

As they begin a homestand against the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees, the Rockies are in the midst of one of the toughest stretches of the season.

Before flying to Arizona, the Rockies played three against the best team in baseball, the Atlanta Braves. From there they went to Phoenix, where they have traditionally struggled, then to Los Angeles to face the Dodgers where they rarely score more than a few runs.

Despite a few tough games in the midst of the stretch so far, the Rockies have held their own. They have stayed in most games and have played well enough to stay in first place in the National League West. They capped the road trip with a rare series win at Dodger Stadium.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Little changes make a big difference for Colorado Rockies

Dexter Fowler has emerged as a serious All-Star candidate.
Maybe Tony Robbins was wrong when he famously said "by changing nothing, nothing changes."

The biggest complaint about the Colorado Rockies after losing 98 games in 2012 was that they stood pat with their roster. The only changes that were made came in the form of management and coaches. However, a large part of the team that played with little life, made excuses, and routinely got outplayed and beaten would be back to take the field in 2013.

Well, through one month of the season, the players on this Rockies team look very much the same as 2012, but they play entirely differently.

On Wednesday night in Los Angeles, the Rockies put together another impressive offensive performance in a 7-3 win over the Dodgers. With Josh Beckett on the mound, the Rockies plated three runs in the first inning, then, after Juan Nicasio allowed the Dodgers to tie the game up, the Rockies bounced back and scored four more runs.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Colorado Rockies wrap up April in first place, still have work to do

It was a fun month of April for Rockies fans.
The month of April ended with the Colorado Rockies in first place in the National League West.

Imagine that. Imagine someone saying that the club that many experts were predicting to lose 100 or more games was finished with one-sixth of the season in first place. No one would have believed it, but plenty of run down Rockies fans would have been thrilled.

That dream is suddenly reality. The Rockies are mysteriously in first place in a loaded up National League West.

With the Rockies sitting at 16-11, there is very little that can be complained about. However, if the Rockies want to stay in the position that they are currently in, they need to improve in a few key areas.