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Yesterday’s game against the San Francisco Giants marked the halfway point of the Colorado Rockies’ season. Sitting at .500, the first half has given Rockies fans a little bit of everything. Exceeding expectations, the Rockies find themselves in the thick of the NL West Divisional race. Bolstering an offense that is third in baseball in homeruns, sixth in runs scored, sixth in on base percentage, fifth in team batting average, and third in slugging percentage, Colorado has been able to overcome a pitching staff that has yet to find itself this season. A staff that has tallied the second fewest strikeouts in baseball, while allowing a third worst opponent batting average against. Considering the combination of offensive explosion and woeful pitching the Rockies are one of the season’s biggest surprises; a surprise that has them two games out of first place through the season’s first leg.
Colorado’s first half of the season has consisted of the resurrection of Michael Cuddyer, whose hitting streak is now at 26 games and has safely reached base in 45 consecutive games, both Rockies records. It has also displayed the continued elite performance of Carlos Gonzalez, arguably one of the best outfielders in baseball. And this season has found Dexter Fowler establishing his role as a reliable and consistent lead-off hitter. Exciting walk-off victories and one of the best offenses in baseball has provided Rockies fan with plenty to talk about. However, with the good comes the bad. The continued decline of future Hall of Famer Todd Helton has been a hard thing to watch. A bat that was once feared by any pitcher, Helton’s batting line is mediocre at best. It is becoming an annual expectation, but another mid-season injury to Troy Tulowitzki leaves the Rockies without one of the last true five tool shortstops in baseball. Despite his unique combination of defensive and offensive abilities, Tulowitzki’s durability will be a topic of conversation through the rest of the season. Finally, the mess that Walt Weiss calls his pitching staff (excluding Rex Brothers who has only allowed two runs in 34.1 innings of work) and the failed experiment of Jeff Francis and Jon Garland has escaped the spotlight thanks to Cuddyer and the offense. Despite all this, the Rockies have become formidable in the West.
Any fan of baseball will tell you the Rockies have spent the first 82 games of the season over achieving. A team riding the shoulders of Michael Cuddyer, Carlos Gonzalez, and up until recently Troy Tulowitzki; Colorado refuses to fade from the NL West race. As the All-Star break approaches, Denver is wondering what’s next. Will there be another “Rock-tober” for fans this fall? Can the Rockies, a team expected to be nothing more than a convenient divisional series for the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants really contend for the NL West crown? Or are we witnessing merely a burst in a marathon that is turning the corner into its most grueling stretch, the infamous “Dog Days of Summer?”
Perhaps what makes the case for the Colorado Rockies so enamoring is their potential. The answers to these questions are difficult because we find ourselves asking that dreaded “what if.” Jhoulys Chacin is showing glimpses he can establish himself as a reliable starter in the rotation (0 ER in 15.0 IP his last 2 starts). What if he can turn his recent performances into a ten win second half? Jorge De La Rosa, not a dominant pitcher, continues to find ways to keep the Rockies in games. Colorado has won eight of his last ten starts. What if he can continue to keep games close and get to 18 wins? Before Tulowitzki’s injury, his batting line was out of this world (.347/.413/.635) and he had returned to the form we saw in 2009, 2010, and 2011. What if he returns to the top of the Rockies order has hot as he left? Roy Oswalt is definitely not the Roy Oswalt from his days in Houston. What if he can muster up some of his old self and give the Rockies quality starts and fill a void at the tail end of their rotation through the second half? Michael Cuddyer has discovered a fountain of youth and continues to be one of baseball’s best stories this year. What if he can somehow continue to produce at even a fraction of this rate the rest of the season?
The “what if’s” are too numerous to count, but it is their temptation that has enthralled Rockies fans. At first glance, the Blake Street Bombers appear as nothing more than a good story and a candle that will burn out as the season rolls on. However baseball has the ability to show us signs of stories that no one in their wildest imaginations could have scripted. A game so proud of its history, we don’t have to look back far to find examples of its unpredictability. A 41-41 first half, two games out of the division lead, and an offense that continues to scorch opposing pitching are all signs in Denver. We’re only halfway home, but the Colorado Rockies continue to show us signs this season. In Denver, these signs are whispered about quietly back and forth; whispers of a “Rock-tober” autumn. Whispers that have many asking, what if Colorado finds itself in the Fall Classic? What if?
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The Colorado Rockies deserve their fair share of criticismIt's time for a little rant.When I started this blog, it was because I felt that I had different viewpoints on the Colorado Rockies than many of the people who were commenting on Denver Post articles, or in other forums on the internet. It was my way to express my viewpoints, and in-turn, give others like myself an avenue...
Michael Cuddyer's scruffy beard keeps sprouting more and more gray. It's becoming quite scratchy, too.
The Colorado Rockies outfielder wants so badly to take a razor to the whiskers, but that will just have to wait.
For the moment, he doesn't want to change anything since he's in such a groove at the plate.
With his single in the eighth on Sunday, Cuddyer extended...
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A Colorado Rockies ballboy attempting to catch a foul ball with his chair during the top of the fifth inning of Saturday's game at Coors Field.
The Rockies ballboy brought the stool he was sitting on with him and tried to use it like a glove to stop the foul line drive hit by SF Giants batter Guillermo Quiroz. Naturally it didn'...
DENVER (AP) -- Michael Cuddyer has extended his hitting streak to 27 games with an RBI single in the eighth inning Sunday of the Colorado Rockies' game against the San Francisco Giants.
He hit a 2-1 pitch from Sandy Rosario up the middle, and later scored on a double by Willin Rosario.
Cuddyer's streak is the longest in Rockies' history and in the majors this season...
Jorge De La Rosa continues to dominate, despite a bruised thumb.Nolan Arenado lined a single back up the middle, scoring Josh Rutledge from second base in the bottom of the 9th inning, giving the Colorado Rockies their fifth consecutive victory over the Giants at Coors Field.On Saturday Arenado came through in the clutch, but when a team wins a game 2-1 at Coors Field, the star of...
Drew Pomeranz was unimpressive in his 2013 debut. It is ok to give credit to an opposing pitcher every now and then. But when a team with the offensive capabilities of the Colorado Rockies scores a total of eight runs in a three game series, it constitutes an offensive issue. On Sunday the Rockies lost to the Giants 5-2 on Larry Walker bobblehead day.The Rockies didn't get a...
Colorado Rockies' Michael Cuddyer has extended his hitting
streak to 26 games with an RBI single in the first inning Saturday
against the San Francisco Giants.
Lingering right wrist and finger issues have sidelined Rockies outfielder Dexter Fowler during this weekends key series against the San Francisco Giants, and may keep him out of the lineup for the foreseeable future.
Missing in action since initially injuring the wrist swinging on June 25th, Fowler has additionally missed time recently with a bruised knuckle after being hit by...
Nolan Arenado has made a splash with his defense. On Saturday, the rookie showed he can deliver with his offense, too.
Arenado hit a game-ending single with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Colorado Rockies to a 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants, losers of six straight for the first time in three years.
Michael Cuddyer singled in the first inning to extend his hitting...
The Colorado Rockies defeated the San Francisco Giants yesterday,
but they lost left-handed starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa in the process. The
southpaw was forced to exit the contest in the seventh inning due to a bruised
thumb on his left hand, according to Thomas Harding of MLB.com.
Harding notes that the thumb issue has been lingering for De
La Rosa, as it’s...
Michael Cuddyer homered to extend his hitting streak to 25 games, Jhoulys Chacin pitched eight scoreless innings and the Colorado Rockies beat the slumping San Francisco Giants 4-1 on Friday night.
Wilin Rosario also went deep and Jordan Pacheco had three hits for the Rockies, who moved within three games of Arizona in the NL West.
Buster Posey homered among his three hits for...
Madison Bumgarner gave the San Francisco Giants a much-needed lift.
Bumgarner scattered four hits over seven innings, Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer and the Giants ended their longest losing streak in three years with a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.
''It was a big win for us,'' Bumgarner said. ''I feel like that you have to think you...
This week’s Triple Play finds us at the half-way point of the season. As the All-Star break comes into view, we look at a record-setting Rockies outfielder, the end of an error in Kansas City, our weekly Wainwright Walk Watch, and more. Off we go:
Michael Cuddyer, Colorado Rockies
At first glance, it looks like Cuddyer picked a perfect time to go on an extended hot...
The surging Los Angeles Dodgers are back in the race thanks largely to Yasiel Puig.
The Colorado Rockies' Michael Cuddyer has turned heads of late, too.
Puig and the visiting Dodgers look to keep rolling while Cuddyer tries to extend the longest hitting streak in franchise history Tuesday night.
Los Angeles (38-43) enters this three-game set seeking a ninth win in 10 games...