Rockies Magic Number

Sunday, May 21, 2006

We swept an AL East team?!

Date: 5/21/2006
Position: 1st NL West
Games Back: 0
Elimination Number: 119

Sorry about the delay, I've been in a frantic process of moving to NM. Also, the best I can do to watch games is to listen to them online. So here's to hoping I can be effective and accurate in my writing.

The Rockies just swept the Toronto Bluejays to kick off the interleague play. Player of the series: I'd argue Garrett Atkins. He went 4-12 over the series, 2HR, 5R, 5RBI (including 3 today on a bases-clearing double to deep right center).

Clint Barmes went 3-10, tallying 6 RBIs. Despite this "improvement," Barmes has gone 5-for-36 in his last 11 games. Hardly numbers you'd expect from a starting SS. My opinion? Send him down, let him think about it, bring up Quintanilla. Down in CSprings, Quintanilla is batting .275 with an OBP of .347. Plus, anything Barmes can do defensively, Quintanilla can do better. Just a thought.

Helton continues to bat...well, for Helton, poorly. His season Batting average is .292 with only 3 bombs.

Hawpe got a day off today, but is continuing to bat well. In his last 10 games, Hawpe is 11-for-35, with 8 RBIs and 2 HRs.

Holliday also has been continuing to produce, going 17-for-36 (1 hit below .500, for those math whizzes among you), tallying 2 HR and 5 RBIs, and he has been driven in often for a total of 9 runs, and yesterday's game brought his OPS up to 1.012.

And for the pitching staff, Francis continues to be stellar, Cook is a dominating force, and Ramirez is the best thing to happen to the Rockies' pen since Fuentes started closing. As a team, Colorado's ERA is 4.05 after 44 games, the club's lowest ERA at any point after the first 10 games of a season.

Tomorrow is the battle of South Korea, as BH Kim (2-1, 4.62) faces Jae Seo (1-2, 5.31) in a vengance match between the Rockies and Dodgers in LA. Seo has been struggling this season, so hopefully Kim will have his game on and not have as rough of a 1st inning as he did Tuesday. Although if the rest of the game goes as swimmingly, I'm thinking Kim can do what he wants.

Anyhow, Rockies fans, that's the news. Hopefully I'll be able to give more updates more often, but we'll see what happens in the coming weeks. Until then, Good night, Good Luck, and GO ROCKIES!!!


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