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Old 05-31-2013, 02:14 PM
 
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The season is now 1/3 over (54 games played out of 162); amazing how fast a season can go by.

Our Rox lost 3 of 4 to the second worst team in baseball (Houston), scoring only 12 runs in 4 games.

Now just two games above even at 28-26 or .519 and 2.5 games behind AZ.

Giving away leads with what seems to be poor pitching does not bode well for the rest of the season.
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Old 06-01-2013, 05:33 AM
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Well, the Rockies will wrap up the month of May on a three game skid and sitting at a 28-27 record overall. They lost 3 of 4 to the worst team in baseball, then lost one to the hated Dodgers last night. This team needs to take a deep breath and hit refresh because May is over. May is always a lousy month for the Rockies and they got out of it still sitting over .500. During this skid, the pitching has still be solid, it's the offense that has gone quiet. These things happen in a baseball season. It ebbs and flows.

Tonight is a chance to open a new chapter on the season. I can't think of a better opponent against whom to do it.
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Old 06-01-2013, 11:30 AM
 
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Well, the Rockies will wrap up the month of May on a three game skid and sitting at a 28-27 record overall. They lost 3 of 4 to the worst team in baseball, then lost one to the hated Dodgers last night. This team needs to take a deep breath and hit refresh because May is over. May is always a lousy month for the Rockies and they got out of it still sitting over .500. During this skid, the pitching has still be solid, it's the offense that has gone quiet. These things happen in a baseball season. It ebbs and flows.

Tonight is a chance to open a new chapter on the season. I can't think of a better opponent against whom to do it.
That game last night, where they lost 7-5 to the Dodgers in ten innings, had me screaming. Again. For the same reason: Betancourt.

In the bottom of the 9th, the Rox were behind 5-3, with one out, one on base and Helton batting. Helton, who'd been the target of a "time to retire" article in a local paper earlier that day, promptly slammed a pitch into the second deck for a game tying home run. Crowd went wild. So the inning ends with scored tied at 5-5 and I click off to watch another channel so I can avoid 2 minutes of commercials.

I come back to the game, and it's the top of the 10th, Dodgers at bat. When I saw what was happening I just groaned. My "favorite" reliever, Betancourt, was on the mound, having given up a single to the Dodger's lead-off batter. I turned to the wife and said: "Oh No, Betancourt's going to do it again, going to blow another game, he let another lead off batter reach base, and in extra innings it almost always is what beats you. If you're a reliever, tied score, extra innings, you NEVER let the lead-off hitter reach base." Well, Betancourt did his thing, giving up not one, but TWO runs.

The Rockies are 28-27, but only 2.5 games out of first as the NL West is the weakest division in the NL. If we were in the NL Central we'd be sucking wind in 4th place, 8 games out.
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Old 06-01-2013, 06:09 PM
 
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Nice Dex walk-off win in extras today.
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Old 06-03-2013, 02:57 PM
 
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Okay, the Rox managed to win 2 of 3 from the last place Dodgers, even after Friday night's Betancourt debacle. Betancourt was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Saturday with a right groin strain, which may have something to do with his recent slump as the closer.

Rox are 30-27 at .526 (same as Giants) and 2.5 behind AZ.

Playing the 35-22 Reds in Cincinnati tonight which will tough for the Rox as the Reds are 20-7 at home.
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Old 06-04-2013, 09:14 PM
 
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The Rox won tonight, 5-4, on a strange HR by Tulowitzki and other oddities....

Rox pitcher Escalona BALKED in a run in the 7th to give the Reds a 4-3 lead. Balked in a run? Geeesh.

Tulo hit a HR shot to left field with one on base in the 8th, and for a while it looked to have been snagged by a fan and maybe only go as a double. The umps looked at it on replay and decided the ball was over the yellow line and therefore a home run. Looked iffy at first since the momentum of the ball pulled the fan's glove down below the yellow line which would have bounced off the wall for a double. The HR gave the Rox a 5-4 lead.

In the bottom of the 8th, Reds player Lutz singled and was on 1st base when Hanigan hit a monster fly ball to death valley in deep center. Lutz must've thought it was a HR, or would fall into for a hit, so he ran flat out, BUT, Dexter Fowler caught up with the ball for out #2 and there stood Lutz the Putz on 3rd looking like a doofus. The ball was thrown back to first for the double play, eliminating a possible Cincinnati scoring opportunity.

Ninth inning was uneventful, but these oddities made tonight's game unique.
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Old 06-05-2013, 04:40 AM
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Tulo hit a HR shot to left field with one on base in the 8th, and for a while it looked to have been snagged by a fan and maybe only go as a double. The umps looked at it on replay and decided the ball was over the yellow line and therefore a home run. Looked iffy at first since the momentum of the ball pulled the fan's glove down below the yellow line which would have bounced off the wall for a double. The HR gave the Rox a 5-4 lead.
Man, you're right, that was a close one! I'm glad they determined it to be the HR. If the ball hits the yellow line it's a HR, but that play was close. The Reds have the best home record in baseball, and the Rockies are sub .500 on the road, so to have put themselves in position for the series win in Cincy is solid. The Rox aren't going away. They've had a couple setbacks this year and have battled through them. I'm really liking what this team has been able to do this year and hope they keep it up.
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Old 06-05-2013, 07:56 PM
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Cargo belted three home runs tonight, Tulo had two of his own, and Helton added one for safe measure. Not too shabby. As I write it's 12-4 Rockies in the top of the 8th. Impressive night!

So the 12-4 score holds up and the Rockies take 2 of 3 from the Reds, who had the best home record in baseball going into this series. With the win the Rockies improve to 32-28 on the season. Next up, a 4 game set at home against the Padres. The Rockies are 6-0 against the Padres so far. The Padres had a dismal start, but have shown signs of life throughout May. I don't expect the Rockies to sweep this series, but it would be really cool if they did.

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Old 06-05-2013, 09:02 PM
 
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Amen! Six HRs in one game, off of 5 Reds pitchers. Although AZ won, the SF Giants did lose; which helps a bit.
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Old 06-06-2013, 06:31 AM
 
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Tulo is probably the best shortstop in the league right now.
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