With the completion of their four game sweep of the Nationals yesterday, the Rockies for the moment have MLB's longest winning streak. At four games. Whoopie. We've been at this point several other times this season but inevitably the fifth game ends badly. We'll find out tomorrow, when the Rockies visit the Giants at AT & T.
Meanwhile, we had a couple of debuts yesterday. Jeff Baker had a sketchy start to his 2006 MLB campaign, going zero for four, while Justin Hampson made his MLB debut out of the pen and earned the praise of Clint Hurdle. Renck at the Post reports that Hampson and Mike Venafro are auditioning to replace the unlikely to return Ray King. I'm generally in favor of trying out fresh arms from the minors like Hampson over known mediocrities like Venafro, but the good thing about being out of contention this late means we'll be able to give both a look both now and in the Spring, and their combined performances should give us a much better impression of who will be the best option.
Chris Iannetta was much more like we've come to expect from his minor league career yesterday, getting on base four out of five times and scoring a couple of runs. If he and Closser have big months, it should feed trade rumors for the offseason from clubs looking for catching help. I'd be inclined to laugh off all that speculation, unless of course Alvin Colina also shows himself ready, then we should just laugh off to the bank.
One final roster note, the underlying implication of the article RFNY linked yesterday about Jeremy Affeldt possibly converting back to a starter is that Byung Hyun Kim's option might not get picked up. At the very least it seems that the front office has decided that Josh Fogg's future with the Rockies is limited to the month of September. I don't think that's a bad thing to let Fogg walk, with Kim I'm still undecided.