Rockies Magic Number

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Swept, swept, swept.

Date: 6/18/2006
Position: T-4th NL West
Games Back: 2.0
Elimination Number: 92

It's a darn good thing that the AL West just came in and stomped all over the NL West, or else the Rockies getting swept by the Cardinals might have done some damage in the division standings. As it is, the Rockies are 1 game under .500, coming back to Coors Field to face the Oakland Athletics. I might add that the A's just swept the NL West-best Dodgers.

This was a disheartening series for Rockies pitchers. Aaron Cook pitched 7 strong innings, allowing only 2 runs, yet still was slapped with the loss. Jeff Francis allowed 6 in 6, only the 2nd game this season where he has allowed more than 3 runs, and a late game surge still left the Rockies short. Josh Fogg pitched 5 innings, allowing 4 runs, 3 earned, and only a solo home run to show for the Rockies offense.

As said in the previous post, this seems to be the story of the Rockies season. Tonight, the heartbreak started in the top of the 1st. Bases loaded, 1 out (seems familiar, doesn't it), and Garrett Atkins flew out and Brad Hawpe struck out. Bottom of the same inning, Scott Rolen pounds one over the left field fence, putting the Redbirds up 2-0.

The only run for the boys came in the top of the third, when Matt Holliday singled to drive Cory Sullivan across the plate.

I'm almost convinced that Matt Holliday is the only player still fully committed to winning games for the Rockies. In Matt's last 10 games, he has tallied 8 RBI, 12 Runs, 1 homer, and went, overall, 19 for 41 (.463). We've started calling the Rockies "The Matt Holliday Show."

What this series is showing is that, while much better than previous seasons, the Rox are still not ready to roll with the big dogs. They'll take occasional wins from them, but they're clearly not ready to be beating them on a regular basis. With such streaky batting to match such solid pitching, this team will have trouble finding the postseason. As exciting as it is to watch the team improve and the young players develop, it still disappoints to see such losses.

The Rockies return to Coors to face the Oakland A's. Byung-Hyun Kim (3-4, 5.40) will face off against Dan Haren (6-5, 3.44) in the Rox second interleague matchup.

So Here's to improvements, may they come fast and timely. Until next time, sportsfans, Good night, Good Luck, and GO ROCKIES!!!


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