Wednesday Rockpile: Rockies Should Move Forward After Tough Loss

Rockies' record road streak falls in shaky eighth - Renck

Well, the Rockies certainly had their chances last night--truly a game they should have won.Those games sting for me more than those of the blowout loss variety.

It all really came down to the fundamentals of playing bunt defense (we're looking at you Ian Stewart)--that and Clint Barmes went 0-4 with RISP (three times failing to execute with a runner on third and less than two out!) and Brad Hawpe was 0-3, failing to give the Rockies some sorely needed insurance runs.

In all, the Rockies were an abysmal 0-10 with RISP! Even a mediocre showing in that category would have won the Rockies the game last night.

As a result, Ubaldo Jimenez took the hard luck loss and the Rockies fell to 17-2 in their last 19. In other words, some market correction is probably in order for the Rockies, who have won a few of these games themselves during the streak. It doesn't make suffering such a loss any easier though.

A positive sign was the fact that the Rockies were seeing a bunch of pitches--chasing starter Sean O'Sullivan after five innings with over 100 pitches after consistently going deep into counts on him. Usually such an effort will lead to a victory, but alas, twas not to be last night. 

Tulo stands tall, hits homers - Renck

Colorado wasted a stellar night from shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who used a new upright stance to mash two HRs and provided all of the Rockies' three RBIs. Within the article are updates on Manny Corpas and Greg Reynolds.

Rotation helps put fuel into remarkable run - Renck

Renck notes the excellent effort put forth by the starters during the 17-1 streak (15-1, 3.40 ERA).

O'Dowd trades places - Krieger

Dave Krieger reexamines the Holliday trade and looks at the Rockies' needs for the rest of the season.

Resurgent Rockies reliving 2007 glory under new leadership - Miller

CBSSports' Scott Miller looks at the Rockies' run, crediting in large part Jim Tracy's tenure as manager and the lineup moves he made.

Postseason Odds--BP

The Rockies didn't lose much off of their playoff odds with the loss (38%), as the Brewers and Cubs both also lost, and remain 1.5 GB in the wild card.


 

National League Wild Card Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
San Francisco 38 32 .542 0 Won 1
Milwaukee 37 33 .528 1 Lost 4
Colorado 37 34 .521 1.5 Lost 1
New York 35 34 .507 2.5 Lost 1
Chicago 34 33 .507 2.5 Lost 2
Florida 36 36 .500 3 Won 3
Cincinnati 34 35 .492 3.5 Lost 3
Atlanta 34 36 .485 4 Won 2
Houston 32 36 .470 5 Lost 1
San Diego 31 38 .449 6.5 Won 2
Pittsburgh 31 39 .442 7 Lost 5
Arizona 30 41 .422 8.5 Won 1
Washington 20 48 .294 17 Lost 2

(updated 6.24.2009 at 8:06 AM MDT)




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