Denver, CO – 40 runs scored in a 4-game sweep of the Houston Astros. For any Rockies fan, that was a fun series to watch. Plenty of offense, lots of balls landing in the outfield seats, and coming out on top at the end of each game. Kind of took me back to the days of the Blake Street Bombers, actually. Our pitching was not great by any means, heck the pitching has been truly brutal all year. But it was fun baseball for all local fans and it may have kick-started Colorado as they are now on a four game winning streak. Carlos Gonzalez has looked like Mickey Mantle, and guys like Cuddyer and Fowler are cranking it up a notch as Troy Tulowitzki will be out a few weeks with a groin strain. These last four games have been a nice thing to see, as the Rockies showed some life and may be waking up a bit after a terrible start to 2012. But the real test is now really here, as the month of June looks to be an absolute meat grinder for Colorado.
It starts tonight. The Dodgers are in town for a three game set, as they are in first place and lead the Rockies by 10.5 games. After that, it’s a series at Arizona, who is typically very tough at home. Then we get to face the Angels, who are hot and were a preseason pick by many to go very deep in the playoffs. Oakland then comes to Coors Field, and hopefully the A’s provide a brief chance for the Rockies to breathe a bit. Then comes one of the toughest road trips I can ever remember on any Rockies schedule….at Detroit for 3, at Philadelphia for 3, and at Texas for 3. That trip could end up being what defines the 2012 season for Colorado. If the Rockies get beat up and go, say 2-7 or worse on that trip, any chance of a playoff run could be history by the all-star break. If they make it out of that nine-game road trip alive, they come home to face Washington for four games. Washington currently sits in first place in the N.L. East, by the way.
This upcoming month will be truly fascinating. I believe it will define this season for the Rockies, as they have a chance to stay hot and do some damage to get in the hunt, or crumble under a ridiculously tough schedule. The road games worry me a ton, as that has typically been when the bats go cold and the pitching is even worse, if that’s even possible. By the time the 4th of July rolls around, we should know where our Rockies stand for the second half of the season. We will find out if this team can dig deep and continue the fun fireworks show, or end up just being a 2012 dud.
Denver Sports by J Simp