If you're nervous about this upcoming series against the Blue Jays and fear that their gargantuan home run totals will bury the Rockies sputtering offense, there is hope for you. Not only have the Blue Jays overachieved this year with unsustainable offensive numbers and a soft schedule, but they also could be exactly what the Rockies need right now. Here are a few reasons why.
1) The Blue Jays are not as Good as Their Record Indicates.
They Jays have played a boatload of games against the O's, Royals, White Sox, and Indians (20 to be exact) while they have only squared off against the three big dogs in the AL East 18 times. In fact, in the 20 games against the O's, Royals, White Sox, and Indians, the Jays are 16-4; but when facing the Rays, Red Sox, and Yankees they are only 6-12. Don't be surprised when their record comes crashing down as they are pretenders in every sense of the word.
2) The Power May be a Mirage
Sure those 98 home runs look frightening, but how many of them came against the bad teams mentioned above? In addition, the Jays may be coming into Coors Field trying to hit home runs not realizing that Colorado no longer has a home run park. I still constantly hear media here in the AL East talk about how much a home run park Coors is so maybe the Blue Jays will show up with the wrong approach since they almost never play here.
3) The Rockies will not Play as Poorly as they have the Last Two Series.
Even though they lost yesterday, the Rockies showed signs of coming out of the recent funk they have been in. Helton had a big day, Giambi had a good at bat in the 8th with men on (even though he ended up popping it up), and Cargo nearly tied the game with the ball he hit in the 9th. I think they break out of this soon. (It's also important to remember that the Rockies are playing these games at home where despite losing three straight, they still sport a .571 winning percentage this year.)
4) The Pitching Matchups Break Well For Us
Not only do we miss two of the Blue Jays top three pitchers in Shaun Marcum and Brett Cecil, but we also get Ubaldo to suck up the Ricky Romero start. (By the way I hope Tulo pounds Romero tonight and makes the Jays continue to lament picking Romero over him with that 6th pick in 2005. Thanks again J.P. Ricciardi for that; maybe the best present ever) Anyway that means that the Rockies get Brandon Morrow and his 5.48 ERA on Saturday and Jesse Litsch who hasn't started a major league game in over a year on Sunday. I don't think I could have arranged this more perfectly myself.
5) The Luck Bank Theory
The Rockies have made some major deposits at the luck bank recently as it seems like they pay for every little mistake they make with an RBI bloop hit or something else ridiculous like that. I understand that they have not been playing well and haven't deserved to win most of these games, but they have been extremely unlucky as well. Couple this with that torture chamber of a series in 2007 when the Jays swept the Rockies and we are do for some serious withdrawals from the Luck Bank. (Yes I know I'm reaching a little bit here but I went with it)
How will the Rockies fare against the Jays this weekend?
Sweep (Payback for 2007) (32 votes)
Take two out of three and get back on track (17 votes)
Lose two out of three and continue their awful play as of late (2 votes)
The outcome that shall not be named (4 votes)
55 total votes