Originally written May 16, 2012 on Fox Sports:
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To understand the plight of the Colorado Rockies, consider that manager Jim Tracy gave Troy Tulowitzki a day off a week ago in San Diego and actually dropped Tulowitzki to the No. 5 spot in the batting order Sunday at Dodger Stadium. It was the first time Tulowitzki hit anywhere lower than cleanup in the lineup in three years. Tulowitzki is considered the new face of the franchise. It hasn't been a pretty picture, so far. "We have a lot of veteran players and a lot of expectations,'' Tulowitzki said. "It's still early, but we need to get it going in the right direction. But we do have time.'' The Rockies do have 127 games left in their season. If those are going to be meaningful games, something has to happen in a hurry. A year removed from being favored to win the National League West, the Rockies came into this season the consensus pick to finish fourth in the NL West. And they embraced the underdog role. The organizational mantra was expect...
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  • The Rockies managed to get a W last night in San Francisco. The matchup was with Tim Lincecum and the return of Jeremy Guthrie from the disabled list. Guthrie pitched well in his return, walking four and striking out four and giving up one earned run before leaving in the sixth inning. He left with a 4-1 lead only to see the Giants tie it up. I could go on with stats and how Tulo played even after being hit by a line drive foul ball off the bat of Dexter Fowler, about how Cargo had a double and an RBI single, about how Cuddyer doubled home a run after Lincecum chose to pitch around Helton, and I could also write about Marco Scutaro’s first homer of the year in the top of the ninth to give the Rockies the lead, and also how Rafael Betancourt made a rare appearance and picked up a save. I could write about all of those stats, but to me the defining moment was in the eighth inning. Rex Brothers entered the game in the eighth inning with the score tied 4-4. Of his first 13 pitches, 12 were balls (four of them intentional. Score tied at 4, Brothers can’t find the plate, and I’m sure most people, myself included, were saying “here we go again”. Tracy elected to stay with Brothers and Rex proceeded to make some of the finest and nastiest pitches I’ve seen in a long time striking out Brandon Belt and Melky Cabrera to end the eighth inning and leave the score tied. What impressed me more than his pitching was his emotions on leaving the field and entering the dugout. He was like a guy possessed. It’s that kind of emotion and attitude that could turn this thing around for the Rockies. These guys have got to get excited about the game. Show some emotion. Get fired up. Get off their ass and get out there and play with passion. That’s what will win ball games. Tracy and O’Dowd need to put a plan together. Go with the veterans and the “culture” they thought they acquired or scrap the whole idea and go with the youngsters, but for God’s sake put a plan together and stick to it. The Rockies come home to Coors Field for a two game series with the Diamondbacks and three with Seattle in some inter league play. A five game string of W’s is a lot to ask for, but that’s what the Rockies need. Get back in contention and play like you’re capable of playing. I’m not ready to scrap the season and I hope the Rockies aren’t either. So let’s get our stuff together and play ball with enthusiasm.
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