Saturday, May 31, 2014

Reality of who the Colorado Rockies are surfaces as road trip finishes on Sunday

It's time for the Rockies to take Franklin Morales out of the rotation.
This was their litmus test. This was their chance to show that they were different than in years past. This was the opportunity the Colorado Rockies had to prove the last of their doubters wrong.

Instead, they emptied out the bandwagon and got everyone's minds focused on the Broncos before summer officially starts.

The Rockies battled on Saturday, which was a step in the right direction. A four-run 7th inning tied the game and gave the Rockies an opportunity to win the game and have a chance to salvage what is left of a terrible road trip.

More of the same for the Colorado Rockies as miserable road trip resumes

Juan Nicasio was terrible on Friday night.
It was stared on most Colorado Rockies fans pocket schedule. This was the road trip that would define whether the hot start the team had in April and early May was for real, or if it was a fluke.

The message sent to fans is clear.

On Friday night, after a day off to recover from a heartbreaking loss on Wednesday night, the Rockies came out and played an identical game to what has become a recurring nightmare for the Rockies not only in 2014, but throughout their history. The story is getting old, the games are nearly unwatchable.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Altogether bad game leads to heartbreaking walk-off loss for Colorado Rockies

The Rockies deserved to lose on Wednesday night.
Blame the bullpen, blame the lineup, blame the defense, blame the manager. Take your pick, they are all guilty and responsible for the Colorado Rockies walk-off loss to the Phillies on Wednesday night.

As bad as the whole team played on Wednesday night, it is amazing that the Rockies were even in the lead as the game neared it's conclusion.

While two errors in the 9th inning didn't help the situation, the game wasn't lost there. It was lost in the 7th inning. Despite the Rockies re-taking the lead in the 8th inning, the runs that the Rockies needed to win the game were left on the base paths in the 7th.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

De La Rosa dazzles again as Colorado Rockies scratch out a win

Jorge De La Rosa shined again for the Rockies on Tuesday.
Ask yourself a serious question. Where would the Colorado Rockies be without Jorge De La Rosa?

Don't look now, but after a tough stretch to start the season, De La Rosa is now 6-3. He picked up another win on Tuesday night in Philadelphia after going six innings and giving up just one run on a hanging slider to Darin Ruf. The home run was one of the few pitches that De La Rosa didn't put exactly where he wanted it.

The wheels are starting to come off for the Colorado Rockies

Jhoulys Chacin looks like he loses his focus on the mound.
Who were we trying to fool? Ourselves? Fair warning, if you want something positive about the Colorado Rockies, you should find something else.

It has become an annual tradition in April and May for fans of the Colorado Rockies to humbly crawl back on the bandwagon. Hesitantly believing that maybe this is the year. Maybe the front office does have a plan. Maybe they actually do know what they are doing.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Predictable outcome in Atlanta as Colorado Rockies drop series

Franklin Morales was in for a tough matchup on Sunday.
Even the greatest of optimists couldn't have realistically expected much different results from the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.

The Rockies sent Franklin Morales to the mound in an effort to win the series in Atlanta. He was facing Braves right-hander Julio Teheran. The simple reality is that the pitching matchup alone was enough for Rockies fans to plan a different activity for their Sunday afternoon than watching the Rockies predictably struggle.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Nicasio comes up big as Colorado Rockies pick up a road win

Juan Nicasio gave the Rockies six strong innings on Saturday.
Usually baseball fans aren't biting their nails in May when their team is four games over .500.

However, fans of the Colorado Rockies know how important this nine game road trip is for the hopes of the 2014 season. Keep their heads above water, and there might be a chance that this team will avoid their annual fade.

The Rockies struggle on the road has been so well documented, but never overcome. The mystery of why it happens simply can't be figure out.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Worst case scenario for Colorado Rockies as Nolan Arenado goes down with injury in loss

The Rockies lost Nolan Arenado for a long time on Friday night.
Nolan Arenado has emerged as a huge star for the Colorado Rockies in 2014. After one errant slide on Friday, the Rockies will be without him for quite a while.

After drilling a ball off the top of the left field wall in the top of the 2nd inning, Arenado hesitated on his way to second base. It was hit so hard that going to second base wasn't a given. The hesitation Arenado gave made it a bang-bang play. The slide was of the awkward, face first variety. It was late, which caused Arenado's fingers to jam into the base. He left in between innings and all the way back in Colorado Springs, reports swirled that Josh Rutledge was removed from the game in the middle of the inning, a sign that Arenado would be down for a while.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Nine game road trip will tell us who the Colorado Rockies are

The Rockies need a big start from Jordan Lyles on Friday.
The rain, hail, wind and nearly every other imaginable weather pattern put a damper on the rubber match of a three-game series that was supposed to tell us who the Colorado Rockies are.

After a great finish on Tuesday night, then sleep-walking through Wednesday's game, Thursday was going to tell who the better team was. The Rockies had their ace, Jorge De La Rosa on the mound, going against Tim Hudson, a pitcher who simply continues to pitch well despite getting older and battling through injuries.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Colorado Rockies can't build on walk-off momentum in quiet loss to Giants

Wednesday wasn't a great night for the Rockies.
If this series is supposed to be statement, the Colorado Rockies might want to take a mulligan for Wednesday night.

The Rockies slept their way through the first seven innings before finally loading the bases with no outs. However, a very nice play by Brandon Crawford on Michael Cuddyer's ground ball up the middle turned what would have been a two-run single into a run-scoring double play. When Troy Tulowitzki missed a belt high fastball, getting under it and popping out to left field to end the threat.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Colorado Rockies look different in 2014 as they walk-off with another win

Nolan Arenado won it for the Rockies on Tuesday night.
The Colorado Rockies don't quit.

In one sentence, say what is different about the 2014 Rockies than the 2013 club. That would be the answer. This team simply doesn't give in.

A year ago, the Rockies would have watched a 3-3 tie game against the National League West leaders evaporate into a 4-3 lead in the top of the 9th inning and the club would have folded. They would have conceded that a closer like Sergio Romo was going to come in and shut them down in order and they would hope for better results the next day.

Monday, May 19, 2014

The time draws near for big decisions from the Colorado Rockies

It may be time for the Rockies to give Tyler Matzek his shot.
I make a habit to not glean too much from the standings until Memorial Day.

For all intents and purposes, it really isn't worth the time. It might be fun to watch how a certain team is doing, but to make arguments for or against a team's postseason hopes is semantics in April and May. The reality is, every year there are teams that start hot and there are teams that start cold. Barring a few exceptions, by the end of May, the cream has usually risen to the top.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Justin Morneau shows depth of Colorado Rockies offense with walk-off home run

Justin Morneau won it for the Rockies on Sunday.
One thing is certain, the Colorado Rockies are fun to watch in 2014.

Justin Morneau added the latest chapter on Sunday afternoon with a walk-off, two-out, full count two-run blast to center field to give the Rockies the victory and giving them two-of-three in the series against the Padres.

The game came on a day when the club didn't get a great start from Juan Nicasio, but the Rockies kept scoring runs behind him and kept the club in the game. A four-run 4th inning gave the Rockies the lead, but more runs would be necessary. Troy Tulowitzki launched his 13th home run of the season to get the job done. Later, Carlos Gonzalez would add a huge two-out RBI single to give the Rockies their sixth run of the day.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Jordan Lyles doesn't have it as Colorado Rockies lose an ugly one

Jordan Lyles showed he was human on Saturday.
Don't get mad at Jordan Lyles. He was due for a bad outing.

The Colorado Rockies couldn't recover from Lyles tough night, dropping the second game of a three-game set 8-5. Lyles has been the biggest surprise for the Rockies in a season that has seen many positive surprises for the club. With that in mind, his outing on Saturday night suggests that he has earned some grace.

Coming into the night, Lyles was 5-0. His worst outing saw him give up three runs in six innings. He has been a force for the Rockies all season long. The fact that he wasn't on the Opening Day roster, only coming up when Tyler Chatwood's bum hamstring required a DL stint makes the beginning of Lyles season that much more impressive.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Rose of the Rockies; De La Rosa shows why he's the ace of the Colorado Rockies

Jorge De La Rosa was phenomenal on Friday night.
If the Colorado Rockies make a playoff run in 2014, a big reason why will be Jorge De La Rosa.

Remember when everyone wanted to get rid of De La Rosa? Remember when he gave up a grand slam to Madison Bumgarner? After Friday night's performance, all of De La Rosa's critics have gone back to their holes to hide.

Less than a month ago, there were comments all over social media from fans who wanted De La Rosa to be the odd man out when Jhoulys Chacin returned to the rotation. Of course, that was before the injuries to Brett Anderson and Tyler Chatwood.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Middle of May puts the Colorado Rockies at a crossroad in their season

The Rockies are relying on Tulowitzki staying healthy.
Here it is, May 15th. It's the dreaded date on the calendar for Colorado Rockies fans.

Traditionally, this has become the point in which the Rockies season takes a downward turn, and never gets better. Over the past three seasons, the Rockies have come out of spring training looking great, they have turned some heads, and done well long enough for fans to get excited.

Right at the point of excitement, however, reality hits with a thud.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Colorado Rockies have surprised their doubters

The Rockies are still better than we expected.
After just over a month of the 2014 Major League Baseball season, the outlook is positive for the Colorado Rockies, who are currently standing at fifth place in the Power Rankings table.

Colorado Rockies can't get back to Coors Field soon enough after lousy road trip

Walt Weiss needs to be in the middle of this sooner.
Don't eat that crow just yet!

The Colorado Rockies that fans know and still love finally showed back up after being MIA for the first six weeks of the season. The final three games of a seven game road trip consisted of bad at-bats, poor pitching, and altogether lethargic baseball.

Essentially, the final three games were the exact same Rockies that fans have seen over the past three years away from Coors Field.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Franklin Morales isn't the answer for the Colorado Rockies in the 5th spot in the rotation

Franklin Morales isn't the solution for the Rockies rotation.
If the Colorado Rockies are going to make a playoff run in 2014, Franklin Morales can't be a part of their starting rotation.

It is easy to complain about a fifth starter. Every team in baseball would like to improve the back end of their starting rotation. There is a reason a guy is a fifth starter. He isn't good enough to be in the top half of the rotation. However, Morales presents more of a problem than the typical fifth starter.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Despite Sunday loss, Colorado Rockies still exceeding expectations at quarter mark

The Colorado Rockies have given lots of high fives in 2014.
Twenty-three. It's a random number, but it is a number the Colorado Rockies should be proud of on May 11th.

At essentially the quarter point of the 2014 Major League season, the Rockies have racked up 23 win. GO back in time and ask 100 hardcore fans what they believe the number of wins would have been at this point in the season and not even the most optimistic fans would have said 23.

The reality is, two years removed from barely avoiding 100 losses, and one year removed from nearly losing 90, the most purple-bleeding Rockies fan would have been very content with a .500 record. Baseball isn't the NFL, where a team can be terrible one year and contend for the playoffs the next.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Colorado Rockies offense slugs their way to victory over the Reds

Corey Dickerson highlights the Rockies depth.
It's starting to become difficult to deny how good this Colorado Rockies offense is.

On Saturday night, the Rockies scored more runs in the first two batters against Reds starter Alfredo Simon has given up in any one of his first five starts of the season. Charlie Blackmon belted a leadoff shot on an 0-2 pitch, followed immediately by Corey Dickerson, who blasted the seventh pitch he saw into the seats in right field.

Saturday could have been a pivotal game for the Rockies. After a phenomenal home stand, the Rockies hit the road for seven games. After a lethargic loss in the finale in Texas, then a tough, walk-off win on Friday in Cincinnati, the Rockies easily could have watched their momentum evaporate into the Cincinnati humidity.

Friday, May 9, 2014

The road is never easy for the Colorado Rockies as Arenado's streak ends

Nolan Arenado gave up his hitting streak to take a walk.
Colorado Rockies fans have every reason to be proud. On a night where the Rockies scored just three runs and lost for the second consecutive game, they continue to show growth.

Despite the Rockies loss on a walk-off Joey Votto home run, there was a great example of why things in the clubhouse are different for the Rockies in 2014. Nolan Arenado, owner of the longest hitting streak in Rockies history, stepped to the plate in the 9th inning, looking to extend his streak to 29 games.

Arenado quickly got down 0-2 in the count before eventually working an 8-pitch walk. The 23-year-old has insisted throughout the entire streak that hits don't matter as long as the team is winning games. Those kind of statements are generally made because that is what someone is supposed to say. What they think, however, is sometimes different.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

After lethargic loss on the road, Colorado Rockies need to make sure it's just one game

Nolan Arenado now has the longest hitting streak in Rockies history.
The schedule makers didn't really do the Colorado Rockies any favors. They play 42 games in the first 44 days of the season. At the back end of that stretch, the Rockies may have shown their fatigue on Thursday.

A 5-0 loss in which the Rockies couldn't get the job done, despite having several opportunities was tough for Rockies fans to watch. However, it was perfectly acceptable as well, considering the runs the club has been putting on the board, and more importantly, the wins they have been piling up.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Colorado Rockies continue to defy the odds, pick up win 22

Nolan Arenado extended his hitting streak to 27 games.
As far as the Colorado Rockies are concerned, it is April 37th.

The annual May swoon that brings the Rockies back to the reality of their talent level hasn't happened so far in 2014. In fact, it seems that the team is only getting better as the days go on.

After two convincing victories over a very good Texas Rangers team at Coors Field, the Rockies got on a plane, headed to Arlington and handed the Rangers another humiliating defeat. After a 9-2 win on Wednesday night, the Rockies have now outscored the Rangers by a combined score of 29-5 through three games.

Is it possible that the Rockies are actually this good? Dig into the statistics of the last few seasons when the Rockies fade back to reality and two things stick out. First, the pitching came back to reality. The starters couldn't sustain the start that they were giving the team. Second, the Rockies relied entirely on Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez. As they went, so went the team.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Too many story lines to accurately sum up the streaking Colorado Rockies

Troy Tulowitzki is playing out of his mind for the Rockies.
Where do you start? How do you accurately describe what the Colorado Rockies are doing?

Do you start with the Rockies going Little League style in the 6th inning to turn the lineup over so that Nolan Arenado could get one more shot at extending his hitting streak to 26 games? Does the story begin with Carlos Gonzalez notching a five hit night after struggling for so long? How about Troy Tulowitzki continuing his remarkable run? How about a Rockies team that is making believers out of the skeptics?

Monday, May 5, 2014

Tulowitzki's two homer night backs up Jordan Lyles phenomenal performance as Colorado Rockies continue rolling

Jordan Lyles has been a phenomenal addition for the Rockies.
Troy Tulowitzki celebrated his National League Player of the Month award on Monday night by making a case for winning the same award in May.

The most talented shortstop in baseball blasted two home runs and walked twice in another complete performance from a Colorado Rockies club that continues to surprise everyone.

Tulowitzki's performance was once again overshadowed by another Rockie who had a phenomenal night himself. Jordan Lyles continued to make Dan O'Dowd look like a genius as he pitched into the 9th inning. He was removed after allowing a leadoff single to Adrian Beltre to start the 9th, his 104th pitch of the night.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

The purple Kool-Aid tastes great, but there are still concerns for the Colorado Rockies

The Rockies have been exciting in 2014.
Put down the purple Kool-Aid. Just for one minute.

When Charlie Culberson laced the Kyle Farnsworth pitch over the center field wall at Coors Field on Saturday night, it brought back a feeling fans of the Colorado Rockies haven't had for a while. Sure, the Rockies had a fun April in 2013. They looked like a team that might surprise some people a year ago. However, there was something different about Saturday night.

The Rockies clawed their way back into a game they had no business winning. They should have packed it in and headed for Sunday, thinking they could get the series win with a victory. Instead, they not only came from behind, they put up eight runs in one inning, then came back from deficits two more times, capped by the Culberson blast.

The Colorado Rockies bandwagon is filling up after a thrilling walk-off win on Saturday

Charlie Culberson was the hero on Saturday night.
It was a flashback to Coors Field before Y2K.

A night of excitement was capped off with a walk-off home run, courtesy of pinch hitter Charlie Culberson. The utility infielder was hitting just .109 when he stepped to the plate with one out and Troy Tulowitzki at second base and the Rockies down by a run.

Culberson drilled a 1-2 pitch from Kyle Farnsworth deep to center field. It was clear that it would go over Juan Lagares' head, but whether it had the height and distance to make it into the pond beyond the centerfield wall wasn't clear. However, the ball just kept traveling, falling well beyond the wall and giving the Rockies win.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Despite April being over, Colorado Rockies continue to show they can contend

Jorge De La Rosa improved to 3-3.
Just eight short months ago, there was only one angle to write about when it came to the Colorado Rockies. It was all about their lack of effort, lack of fundamentals, and their inability to play the game like they cared if they won.

What happened to that team? The Rockies won again, crushing the Mets 10-3 at Coors Field on Friday night.

Fortunately for Rockies fans, it seems that the team that they struggled to watch in 2012 and 2013 is nowhere to be found. On nights like Friday, their are too many angles to talk about. So many good things happened that some things are bound to not get mentioned.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Juan Nicasio proving he can be a force in the Colorado Rockies rotation

Juan Nicasio isn't showing signs of fading.
Admit it, you have been waiting for the other shoe to drop with the Colorado Rockies.

It's hard to jump on board. This team has been a tease the past few seasons, starting off well in April, only to fade in May, then fall off a cliff in June and July. Getting excited about them is like pushing on a fresh bruise to Rockies fans.

The flaws are easy to point out on paper. The Rockies have three guys in the starting rotation that really shouldn't be there. Jordan Lyles was a guy the Houston Astros gave up on. The same Houston Astros who lost 111 games a year ago. Scouting reports suggest he is a fringe big leaguer. Franklin Morales was a starter who converted to the bullpen, and is now trying his hand as a starter again. Juan Nicasio throws a four-seemed fastball, and literally almost nothing else.

Even with a loss to end the month, Colorado Rockies have been impressive

Rex Brothers' struggles continued on Wednesday.
April was good to the Colorado Rockies.

Despite the final pitch of the month being a Miguel Montero walk-off home run to send the Rockies home with a loss, the month overall was very good to the club. What looked like a sweep ended in disappointment. The Rockies blew a four-run lead and, for the fourth time in a row, missed a chance to sweep a series.

The bullpen showed it's holes on Wednesday night, as Rex Brothers' struggles continued. His inability to put back-to-back good outings together is starting to become troubling. His velocity is down, and because of that, he seems to be aiming his pitches. Tommy Kahnle, who has been excellent all through spring training and in his time with the big league club, gave up the game winner to Montero.