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The Colorado Rockies Have a Big Weak Spot

May 2nd, 2015 at 10:05 PM
By Joe Lemere

Another day, another loss for the Colorado Rockies. The past few weeks of the schedule have exposed a flaw in the team. Unfortunately for all Rockies fans, it is a deadly flaw. It goes beyond the fundamentals of pitching, fielding and batting, but is just as simple. The Colorado Rockies simply can't beat the NL West.

All but two series the club has played this season has been against intradivision foes. They're 4-2 outside the division, 7-10 inside of it. Whichever way you slice it, that's not good when you play about half your games inside the division.

11 of those games have been out on the West Coast and down in Arizona, but Coors Field hasn't been all too kind to the Rox, either. They're three up and three down at home in the division and 4-7 away from the friendly confines.

The pitching staff has given up tallies of seven runs three times, nine runs, 12 runs and 14 runs twice against the West. At the same time, the most runs they've scored in any game against the same opponents is six. The mighty defense hasn't even been all that steady as they put up an almost unimaginable three errors in Friday night's game in San Diego. When it comes to playing the Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Giants and Padres, the whole team is having a hard time figuring things out.

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Will the Colorado Rockies Get It Back?

May 1st, 2015 at 9:32 PM
By Joe Lemere

The Colorado Rockies just keep on losing. After starting the season at 7-2, the team is now plummeting towards .500. They just don't seem to have any answers. They are lost in the wilderness of the NL West. But the baseball season is long and no long-term guesses can be properly made after just twenty-something games. A trend can start in the first month of the game that hangs around the neck of the team for months at a time, though. Is that the case for the Rockies or can they get back to the form they showed the first week or so of the season?

The losing has no distinct cause, either; every facet of the game except defense is a struggle for the buys in purple pinstripes. The pitching has been just plain bad. Since the 7-2 start, they are giving up an average of 6.67 runs per game. Starting pitchers and the bullpen are both responsible for the poor effort and they need a big time turnaround if the team expects to fight for a playoff spot.

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The Colorado Rockies are Who We Thought They Are

April 29th, 2015 at 5:26 PM
By Joe Lemere

After a hot start to the season, the Colorado Rockies have regressed to only two games over .500. The Rockies should be around a .500 team over the course of a whole season, and the first twenty games seemed to have proven that quite nicely. But more than that, the Rockies are winning and losing games exactly the way we thought they would.

How well will the Rockies play? Depends on their pitching. This is said every year about every game the team plays, but this year it seems truer than ever. All 11 wins the Rox have this year have come when they've allowed just four runs or fewer. When they've allowed more than four runs, their record stands at 0-9. The offense, it seems then, can't overcome the deflating affect of poor pitching.

Even the players are all falling in line. As for the pitchers, Jordan Lyles is pitching consistently well, Jorge De La Rosa is starting slow yet again, Tyler Matzek is just alright and Eddie Butler is wild. The bullpen is improved over last year, but still not great. Just as expected.

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Colorado Rockies are Winning the Giants Way

April 13th, 2015 at 10:06 PM
By Joe Lemere

After leaving Denver with a sour taste in their mouths after Sunday's heart-breaking loss to the Cubs, the Colorado Rockies arrived in San Francisco for an afternoon affair with the Giants. Winning an ugly game to move to 4-0 away from Coors, the Rockies are road warriors early this season. The odds say that won't last, but how the Rox are winning games could. They're winning games the way the San Francisco Giants have won three of the last five World Series titles.

Eddie Butler was effectively wild against los gigantes — walking six, hitting a batter and allowing five hits, but giving up no runs.Then the bullpen came in and shut the game down, allowing not a single baserunner in their 3.2 innings of relief. Then-and-once-again closer Rafael Betancourt picked up the save as LaTroy Hawkins has been removed from that position.

The starting pitching has been good but not great to start the season, having just enough to get by. The bullpen, on the other hand, has been spectacular except for the afore mentioned Hawkins. Point is, the Rockies are winning games with their pitching and their defense. They're winning the Giants way.

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Can LaTroy Hawkins Still Close Out Games?

April 12th, 2015 at 10:34 PM
By Joe Lemere

Getaway day at Coors was going swell for the Colorado Rockies. Starting pitcher Jordan Lyles gave up just three runs — only one earned — and the offense had given the boys in purple and black a two-run lead heading into the ninth inning. Swell indeed. Then LaTroy Hawkins came out of the bullpen looking to lock down the game for his second save of the season. That's when things went not so swell for the Rockies.

After already blowing one save up in Milwaukee, Hawk repeated that feat against the Windy City visitors. An RBI single allowed to Wellington Castillo was followed up by a two-run shot to former Rockie Dexter Fowler. All of a sudden, the Rockies went from being ahead 5-3 to trailing 5-6, all thanks to the venerable LaTroy Hawkins.

He's only appeared in three games this season, but his numbers are poor. Hawk has a WHIP of 3.00, a batting average against of .467 and an ERA of 16.87.

Obviously three games is a small sample size, especially when compared to LaTroy's exemplary career, but the time has already come for the Rockies to start trying different guys out in the closer role.

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