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Nothing Lasts Forever for the Colorado Rockies

June 12th, 2015 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere

After what's been quite an eventful week for the Colorado Rockies, they went down to south Florida just to stink up the joint. The offense was completely shut down and shut out by the Miami Marlins and Chris Rusin couldn't keep up the pace he's set during his first few appearances. The Rockies fell to the Fins 6-0.

As far as the offensive struggles go, all the credit for that goes to Marlins starting pitcher David Phelps. Phelps went eight innings strong, allowing only four hits and one walk while striking out six.

In terms of the Rockies players go, only DJ LeMahieu and back-off-the-DL Corey Dickerson were able to manage any sort of offense. Each player chimed in with two hits, accounting for all but one hit which went to Troy Tulowitzki. Even on the road, the Rox should be able to count on their mighty bats, but this was clearly not the case.

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The Colorado Rockies Lose, but are Pitching Well

June 11th, 2015 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere

The Colorado Rockies weren't going to keep on winning forever. They took the loss Wednesday against the St. Louis Cardinals, but the close game can still give the Rockies some confidence moving forward. For the fifth straight game, the team was the beneficiary of a good starting pitching performance. They're only 3-2 during that stretch, but pitching always wins out in the long run.

In Wednesday's game, Chad Bettis only went five innings, giving up three runs, but he did strike out six. Bettis was much maligned when he first started this season for the Rox, but he's pitched to a 3.05 ERA on the season with a 1.174 WHIP and 3.0 K/BB ratio.

Before Bettis, it was Jorge De La Rosa's turn to impress. He went seven innings, struck out eight and allowed two runs on two walks and three hits. De La Rosa is continuing his Coors Field brilliance for the first time this season, as he's struggled so far this year, posting a 5.53 ERA and a WHIP of 1.451. Wesley Snipes always bet on black in Passenger 57, and Rockies fans will always bet on De La, so no worries about those numbers yet.

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Another Good Day for the Colorado Rockies

June 10th, 2015 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere

Coming off what was probably their best day of the season, the Colorado Rockies followed it up with another good day. They loaded up on pitchers on the second day of the MLB first year player draft, which is still considered the early rounds in baseball, and while that was going on in the wings, the stage was occupied by the team's 4-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Rockies once again got another standout pitching performance at home, from Jorge De La Rosa this time. He went seven innings while giving up two runs on three hits and two walks and striking out eight batters. The Cards had a good performance from Michael Wacha, but his 10 strikeouts weren't enough for his team to take the victory.

The offense was carried by a two-run home run from Nolan Arenado in the sixth inning and a go-ahead RBI double from DJ LeMahieu in the seventh. Carlos Gonzalez added an insurance run later in the inning.

That added run came in handy when Boone Logan gave up a first-pitch home run to Peter Bourjos in the eighth. That was the lone run scored in the inning, though, and John Axford came in to close things out, his eleventh of the year.

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Colorado Rockies Have a Good Draft Night

June 9th, 2015 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere

Monday was a very good day for the Colorado Rockies. Yes, indeed. Not only did they score double-digit runs in a win over the St. Louis Cardinals, they also picked up four young, high-ceiling prospects in the first year player draft.

As for the event that actually impacts the team right away, the Rockies beat the Cards 11-3 behind the power of Troy Tulowitzki and the arm of starting pitcher David Hale who went seven innings and gave up only three runs. With the victory. the Rox move to six games back of the LA Dodgers and four games back of .500.

Any win is a good win, but all of the on-field action was overshadowed by the 2015 MLB Draft. With the third pick of the draft, the team selected Brendan Rodgers, a high school shortstop from Florida. Besides sharing a name with the manager of Liverpool FC, Rodgers was considered the top high school prospect in the class and if all things go as planned, will supplant Tulowitzki when the time comes. If Trevor Story isn't already ensconced at the short by that time.

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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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