Alright, I should have expected this, but suddenly the Rockies are a hot item. Everybody seems to want to say how they knew all along that this team was capable of pulling these feats of strength off. Mark Kiszla, who encouraged fans to boycott the team early in the season, now says our chase is "too real to be called luck."
Similarly joining the party late, the official stance at Baseball Prospectus seems to be that the Rockies are a .500-ish team just riding a well timed hot streak to contention in a weak NL. This article by Christina Kahrl at the NY Sun being a good example of that. Two key points to remember: when the Rockies began this "hot streak" they were already a few games above .500, and because of it, they have overtaken the rest of the field for best run differential in the league. In other words, this isn't just a "decent team gets lucky" scenario, it's a "good team plays up to its capability" story and Kahrl and Joe Sheehan would be wise to recognize it.
Maybe what makes me go off a little on Kahrl here is her sudden praise of Kaz-Mat in the article:
Which kind of puts a burden of wrongness completely on Mets fans rather than taking some on herself, too. From her analysis of the Rox call-up of Matsui from the Springs last year:
She's not done yet, this from her final roster analysis of the Rox before this season:
In fairness, a couple of the writers at BP do seem to get it. Bryan Smith wrote an excellent subscriber only article lauding the trio in charge of the Rockies draft and player development, Dan O'Dowd, Bill Schmidt and Marc Gustafson. My only beef with the article would be that in the limitations of the publishing biz, it has to leave out several important behind the scenes people who have made our success possible, from the scouts on the ground and our Latin guru Rolando Fernandez, all the way up to Bill Geivett, who works closely with O'Dowd and Gustafson on the development end.
At the other end of the spectrum from those late arrivals to Planet Rox, Dave Krieger at the Rocky Mountain News gets props for recognizing before the season started that this team was better than a lot of people were giving credit for. He praises Hurdle's handling of the bullpen in last night's win.