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.
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.
Renck notes the excellent effort put forth by the starters during the 17-1 streak (15-1, 3.40 ERA).
Dave Krieger reexamines the Holliday trade and looks at the Rockies' needs for the rest of the season.
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
|San Francisco||38||32||.542||0||Won 1|
|New York||35||34||.507||2.5||Lost 1|
|San Diego||31||38||.449||6.5||Won 2|
(updated 6.24.2009 at 8:06 AM MDT)
Recently fired manager Clint Hurdle likes the Rockies' chances, predicting a World Series victory (of course).
Not that any Rockies are serious candidates for Hall admission at this point, but it is interesting to see some of the names on the ballot. Larry Walker will be the Rockies' first serious candidate for the Hall, but he won't have eligibility until next year, I believe.
I know how some of you feel about power rankings, but the Rockies are ranked fourth--worth at least skimming.