Sweep, sweep, sweep!
Position: T-3rd NL West
Games Back: 2
Elimination Number: 95
4 game winning streak? Atkins with a 14 game hitting streak? 73 runs scored in the last 9 games?
Bring on the Cardinals.
Jason Jennings started tonight against the floundering Nationals, pitched a solid 8 innings, allowing 1 unearned run on 6 hits. Ray King came in for the ninth, and after allowing a leadoff walk, struck the next 3 batters out to end the game.
The bats were turned on again for the 4th night in a row. Helton went 2-2 with 2 runs and an RBI. Hawpe went 2-3 with 4 RBI, 2 runs, and a 2-run shot in the top of the 2nd. The rest of the lineup, with the exception of Jennings and Sullivan, added at least one hit. And Sullivan laid down 3 sacs.
4 fun games, resulting in wins and a whole load of runs scored.
However, I'd like to bring up a glaring stat:
The Rox left 33 men on base, as a team, over the last 4 games.
This stat, I guarantee, will come back to bite the Rockies in the weekend series against St. Louis. Unless the Rockies can get some more efficiency out of their baserunning, I fear that St. Louis will run away with the weekend. With runners in scoring position, St. Louis is batting .297; the Rockies: .259 . However, 35 runs scored in the past 4 games gives me hope that the Rox might still be able to hammer the ball off of St. Louis' pitchers enough to take the winning edge. And with Albert Pujols out of the lineup, you never know.
Colorado has won 7 of their last 10. They swept the Nationals, took 1/3 against the Dodgers, and 2/3 against the Pirates. St. Louis took 2/3 from the Pirates, 2/3 from the Brewers, and were swept by the Reds. St. Louis is 5-5 through their last 10.
An interesting note is that in the past 2 series, StL' starters have taken a lot of damage in early innings and have not lasted long in the game at all. If the Rockies can start to muster some early-game action, they might be able to take advantage of the slumping Cards' starters and perhaps knock a pitcher or two off of the hill.
To lead things off on Friday, Aaron Cook (5-6, 3.75) will lead the series off against Jason Marquis (8-4, 4.88). Both pitchers have been pitching decently of late, yet Marquis holds the career advantage against the Rockies (Cook: ERA - 10.80, BAA .317; Marquis: ERA - 5.14, BAA .268). However, Marquis' last start against Colorado resulted in 6.0 IP with 6 ER and a win for the Rockies. Cook has not pitched against the Cards this season.
So here's to continuation of a hot streak. Until tomorrow, Rockies fans, Good night, Good Luck, and GO ROCKIES!!!