I know, I know, its been forever since I have blogged, and I apologize. Finals are coming up very soon for college and my keyboard actually was broken on my laptop…once again, apologies. Enough of that, lets get to some baseball.
The Colorado Rockies have started the season just like last year, in a old fashioned, slow, hard to watch beginning. They have rolled out to a 5-11 record and hold last place in the NL West right now. However, they are doing a little better then the Nationals, who are 3-13. We do have the 2nd worst record in the majors and tons of people are looking down on us and here is why:
Our starting rotation has been terrible. Aaron Cook does not look like the man from last year or even spring training. Cook has walked too many people and can’t go deep into games yet this year. Ubaldo Jimenez looked good in his first start, however has struggled and can’t get past the 5th inning now. His arm slot is still off though he insists that they fixed it in bullpen sessions. Jorge de la Rosa is still mr. inconsistent and we can expect this from him the whole year. Jason Marquis is really the only one who has stepped it up and eaten some innings for us this year. Losing Morales is a blow for now, he was pitching very well, but we will see how Hammel fills in that slot.
Our bullpen has been atrocious as well, with Huston Street losing his job as a closer through the first week of games and Manuel Corpas not faring much better. Both guys really need to tighten up their stuff and Street needs to work on that leg kick. Jason Grilli has been by far the most suprising in my eyes, as he can’t find the plate for his life. Grilli seems to give up something everytime he enters the game, and walks are usually the culprit. Justin Speir on the DL is an issue as well, as he is needed for our middle innings relief corps.
The big downside of the Rockies last year was average with runners in scoring position. To this date, they still struggle with this, as they get men on base (like this series with the Dodgers, especially late in the game) and they can’t get anything past home plate. This is frustrating for not only us fans, but for the players and organization itself. Hawpe is really the only one that has stepped up, however Helton and Ianetta are showing some life and some hope of a turn around from their early season slump.
There are things to like however with the Rockies, such as young prospect Dexter Fowler. I don’t know if many people thought he would have success with his speed as such an early time in his Major League career, but he has. Also, Brad Hawpe is a like, and kind of a suprise for me, because of the injury in spring training. Hawpe always goes through that cold streak somewhere in the season, so I will be waiting for that sooner or later.
The Dodgers will NOT stay this hot, unless their pitching can really hold up, but with Stults and McDonald in that rotation, I say no way. They can hit however, which is a little worrisome. With the Padres and Giants coming up the next 10 games or so, the Rockies need to start winning.
Look forward to blogging again soon.