The Colorado Rockies are 10-9 and have won four of their last five. Not only have the Rox been the hottest team offensively so far this season, they have climbed to third place in the NL West. Yes it is early, and yes the Colorado Rockies were one of the hottest teams in baseball early on last season only to finish last, there are signs that the Rockies might just be in thick of things for a while.
The Colorado Rockies lead the league in runs scored and batting average. It’s good old fashioned Rockies baseball. Charlie Blackmon is hitting over .400, Justin Morneau has been a pleasant surprise hitting .333 with three home runs, and there are ten Rox hitters who have at least 10 RBI already. It is this steady attack from a number of players that boasts well for Colorado. A steady mob of offense protects big time hitters like Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez. It also means opposing pitchers are having to work hard batters one through eight, and that any part of the Rockies lineup is capable of striking. The Colorado Rockies may just be one of the best offensive clubs in baseball, and their proving it quietly.
Yes the Rockies will feel the effects of Brett Anderson’s injury at some point in the next 4-6 weeks. But while the injury to Anderson is frustrating, the Rockies have found a reliable starter in Jordan Lyles. Through his first four starts, Lyles as gone 3-0 while averaging nearly 6.0 innings per start, and posting a 3.04 ERA. The Rockies went into this season hoping Tyler Chatwood, Juan Nicasio, with Brett Anderson could carry the Colorado pitching staff. As Jorge De La Rosa searches to find his rhythm, and Anderson’s finger heals up, the Rockies know that Jordan Lyles is going to give them a solid outing every time he takes the mound.
A “BULL”PEN MARKET
Last season the Colorado Rockies never found stability or reliability out of their bullpen. In the offseason, they worked to remedy that futility by bringing in Logan Boone and LaTroy Hawkins. While the Rockies bullpen is 3-3 this season, they have a collective 3.38 ERA. LaTroy Hawkins has successfully closed all five of his save opportunities this season. And more importantly, the Rockies bullpen record is not indicative of their potential; their 1.16 WHIP is. While few expect this bullpen to become the strongest part of the Rockies, there is definite potential to become a bullpen with great output and reliability; two things Colorado bullpens have been missing for years now.
Here we are Easter Sunday, and the Colorado Rockies are hanging around. The coming weeks bring series’ against NL West foes. San Francisco comes to Coors Field tomorrow for a three game stint. Then the Rockies head out to a three-game series with the NL West powerhouse Dodgers, and three more in Arizona in eight days. These next nine games are big for Colorado. They present a chance to compete with divisional foes and see just where they stand in their division. While these games are still in April, the Rox have a chance to set a tone for the month of May.