Tuesday Rockpile: Snow, Todd Helton and Jason Heyward

Doug Pensinger

The Rockies and Braves are scheduled for a doubleheader on Tuesday. Will they get it in?

A lot of you already know this since you live there, but the weather in Denver is putrid right now, begging the question of whether or not the Rockies and Braves will be able to get in one game of their doubleheader on Tuesday, let alone both.

Regardless of whether or not the snow clears, one thing is for certain: It's going to be ice-cold at Coors Field, with the high temperature slated to barely crack 30 degrees. Thought the attendance was bad during the doubleheader against the Mets last week? It's probably about to get worse.

Fortunately, the Rockies' record has nothing to do with that; Colorado is off to a 13-5 start, despite Wilton Lopez blowing another lead on Sunday, prompting Baseball Prospectus' Geoff Young to write about the Blake Street Bullies' surprising start ($). Meanwhile, Fox Sports' Jon Morosi provides his own take on the Rockies' resurgence, crediting the offense and Jon Garland.

Todd Helton won one of those 13 games almost singlehandedly for the Rockies with a pinch-hit homer in San Diego. Helton is off to a decent start to the season, propelled by a recent string of nine hits in 20 at-bats. Helton has been bothered by a sore forearm as of late, but some unanticipated days off may keep him off the disabled list, writes Troy Renck.

The Braves are dealing with some unfortunate injury luck of their own. Jason Heyward will hit the DL after undergoing an emergency appendectomy on Monday night in Denver. Softening the blow of Heyward's loss is the return of perpetual Rockies killer Freddie Freeman, who has been activated from the DL and will bring his career .351/.433/.877 line and eight home runs against Colorado to Coors Field. Jose Constanza is the favorite to take Heyward's roster spot, notes David O'Brien.

Neither of these two teams are slumping offensively to start the year, but several key members of the Rockies' High-A affiliate, the Modesto Nuts, are wondering where their power stroke has gone, writes our own Charlie Drysdale over at Minor League Ball. The Nuts' home ballpark could be partially to blame; Modesto's home run park factor ranks dead-last in the California League.


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