Originally posted on Rockies Review  |  Last updated 8/14/12
Rockies-herrera-waits
The Rockies have found success from some unlikely sources.When the Colorado Rockies broke camp in early April, no one anticipated an August lineup that included Eric Young, Jr., DJ LaMahieu, Jonathan Herrera, and Chris Nelson in the same night.

However, that lineup helped the Rockies score eight runs in the first three innings, propelling the team to a 9-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night at Coors Field.

The reality is, the players that were in the lineup on Monday night are the reason that the past week has been better than the majority of weeks that the 2012 Colorado Rockies have experienced.

The lineup has never been the problem, the pitching, obviously, has been the overwhelming issue. However, many of the players who were either in bench roles, like EY, or were in the minors, like LaMahieu, have suddenly made a large impact on the energy that the Rockies are playing with.


LaMahieu, acquired in the Ian Stewart trade with the Chicago Cubs, continues to play well. On Monday night he went a perfect 4-for-4 with two RBIs. He has played a solid second base and has been a contributor since coming back to the big leagues on July 21st.

Young continues his torrid pace. He went 2-for-5 on Monday night, lacing a first inning double to get the Rockies rally started. His batting average sits at .309.

Throw in Josh Rutledge, who found himself on the bench in the club's return to Coors Field, and the verdict is in that this Rockies team has some very exciting young players to watch. Even though EY doesn't necessarily fall into the 'young' category anymore, he is playing with an energy and excitement that seems to be a spark for the team.

The Rockies are on the road to their worst season ever. They are almost certainly guaranteed to finish the 2012 campaign at the bottom of the National League West. However, while most fans are quickly turning their attention towards the Broncos new season, there still might be some reason to continue watching.

Of course, the issue with the Rockies isn't about the players on the field. The issues that have held this team back start in the front office. The dysfunctional aspects of this team come from the fact that from the top down, they continue to use Coors Field as an excuse instead of an advantage. This team truly believes that they are at a disadvantage because they play at altitude.

Until that mindset changes, it is understandably difficult for Rockies fans to get excited about any of the talent on the field, regardless of how exciting they are to watch.

Fans need to see that this team is focused on winning instead of pitching gimmicks that have caused more harm to their pitchers arms as well as their confidence than simply committing to teaching the basics of pitching to the young pitchers that the team is in the process of developing.

The Rockies very well may go back to conventional baseball. They may realize that they need to quit over thinking their environment and start going back to basics. It might take a minor miracle for that to happen, but Dan O'Dowd seems like he has tried nearly everything in order to win, and when this isn't working, it may help him come full circle and go back to simply putting a rotation on the mound that throws strikes low in the zone that has a team behind them that fields and throws very well.

If that happens, the Rockies could quickly bounce back and at least be a respectable team in 2013.

Follow me on Twitter @RockiesReview. Like me on Facebook, search "Rockies Review"
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Kevin Durant says he has not thought about free agency yet

Report: Ken Hitchcock to return as head coach of the Blues

Bernie Sanders attends Game 7 of Warriors-Thunder series

NHL players in the Olympics may hinge on who picks up cost

Biyombo willing to take discount to stay in Toronto

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Baylor AD Ian McCaw will resign

Dolphins DE Dion Jordan applies for NFL reinstatement

Bills OT ready to rejoin team after mysterious absence

David Wright dealing with herniated disc in neck

Tyronn Lue not concerned with who Cavs play in Finals

WATCH: UNC men's lacrosse wins NCAA title in frantic OT

Draymond Green, Steven Adams get tangled up

NFL stars who could retire after the 2016 season

Steven Wright throws impossible knuckleball for strikeout

WATCH: David Villa slipped on embarrassing PK miss

WATCH: Michigan State creates enormous rally cap

Defense could play a huge role in who wins the Stanley Cup

Kobe once told Iguodala he'd drop 50 on him, almost did it

Jeanie Buss: Phil Jackson committed to Knicks

WATCH: J.T. Barrett sends great Memorial Day tribute

Why Man U fans shouldn't be too excited about Jose Mourinho

Klay Thompson is a bonafide superstar no matter the context

Mr. T: Muhammad Ali broke up crime in rough neighborhoods

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Defense could play a huge role in who wins the Stanley Cup

Speedy pace of the Penguins-Sharks Stanley Cup Final

How expanded instant replay has hurt the NBA

Best regular-season NBA teams not to win a championship

Every time an NBA team came back from a 3-1 deficit (and what it means for the Warriors)

How disallowed goals can change the course of NHL games

The five most disappointing MLB teams this season

QUIZ: Identify these NHL Hall of Famers by their nicknames

QUIZ: Name every winner of the Belmont Stakes since 1867

Sniping quotes highlight NHL conference finals animosity

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker