Too bad. Too bad the Colorado Rockies can’t play 100 home games. Too bad there are only 30 days in April. If things were different, the Colorado Rockies might just be considered a Major League powerhouse.
For the second year in a row, the Colorado Rockies have been one of the best teams in Major League Baseball….in April. They are a game and half behind San Francisco for the top spot in the NL West and have the third best run differential in baseball. While these numbers and a glance at the standings should arouse excitement for the coming months, those of us who follow the Rockies aren’t holding our breath. And for good reason.
The Colorado Rockies and Coors Field are a match made in heaven. Hitting .346 and averaging 7.4 runs per game at home has led the Rockies to their 8-4 home record. Home games are looking more and more like batting practice for the Rockies. But that’s nothing new. They’ve always been known for their prowess at home. Once again, the Rockies’ Achilles heel appears to be the road. How rough is the road for the Colorado Rockies? Try hitting .254 and getting only 4.6 runs per game.
While Justin Morneau is following up Michael Cuddyer’s 2013 resurrection with a return to glory stint of his own (which has me seriously considering moving to Denver and reaping the fruits of their water), the Rockies have still been unable to figure out how to win on the road. And it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that current road woes plus a historically poor road record equals status quo for the 2014 Colorado Rockies.
Yes, Troy Tulowitzki’s on an MVP-esque tear (hitting .364 with seven home runs) and yes Jhouyls Chacin, arguably the Colorado Rockies best starting pitcher is gearing up to come off the DL later this week, and yes Jordan Lyles has been a pleasant surprise for a Rockies rotation that is finally seeing Jorge De La Rosa find his footing. Hell, I have quickly become one of Charlie Blackmon’s biggest fans, and Nolan Arenado is quickly living up to the offseason expectations so many had for him. It is an exciting time to be a Rockies fan. Yet while these are all great signs for the Rockies and their fan base, the fact of the matter is that baseball is a marathon, and they’ve got to play 81 games away from Coors Field.
As great as the Rockies are at home, they aren’t going to win 60 home games this year. Which means they’ve got to pad their wins column with games on the road, a task that haven’t been very successful at for nearly half a decade. My advice, enjoy Colorado Rockies baseball at its finest. Get to Coors Field before mid-May and watch Tulo, Cargo, Morneau, and Blackmon spray the ball all over the place. Because once the summer sun is high in the sky, and the Colorado Rockies spend more and more time on the road, away from their backyard, they will slink into the shade of the NL West standings.