As I was talking about in this morning's game thread, before a comeback can even be considered, the team has to show that it's even capable of winning more than it loses. While this seems self evident when I say it like that, it seems to often get overlooked by fans who only see the games behind column in the standings. If you pay attention to the column that's usually pretty close to that games behind column, the one which represents a team's record in its last ten games, you may have noticed that the Rockies haven't once this year had a winning record in any given ten game stretch. The closest they came was April 13-24, when they went 6-5 over eleven games, but both ten game runs within that had our record even at five.
With a 5-1 record in our last six, we have four games to change that dubious aspect of our overall performance thus far. I suggest we don't wait.
Another dubious aspect of our overall performance would happen to be our record against the division's top flight starters. So far, NL West #1's or #2's have run up a 10-4 record against us. Real contending teams will usually be closer to .500 against the top starters while beating up on the little guys. Lincecum just happens to be the first 1 or 2 we beat this season when Aaron Cook pitched a dandy of a game on April 29. Tiny Tim came back to beat Aaron on May 20 in a rather forgettable contest. Tonight we don't have the luxury of Cook starting, so we'll have to resort to other methods for winning. I suggest we follow the lead of Agent Sidney Bristow from the TV show Alias and use cheap wigs, flirtatious banter and choreographed stage fighting, that should do the trick.
Or maybe we can just pound the heck out of the ball.
06/11/08 7:05 PM MDT
|San Francisco Giants||Colorado Rockies|
|Fred Lewis - LF||Willy Taveras - CF|
|Ray Durham - 2B||Ian Stewart - 2B|
|Randy Winn - RF||Matt Holliday - LF|
|Bengie Molina - C||Todd Helton - 1B|
|Aaron Rowand - CF||Garrett Atkins - 3B|
|Jose Castillo - 3B||Brad Hawpe - RF|
|Omar Vizquel - SS||Chris Iannetta - C|
|Tim Lincecum - P||Omar Quintanilla - SS|
|-||Ubaldo Jimenez - P|