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Saturday Rockpile: Attitude change in '09, Opening Day optimism, Examination of the Hammel trade, more

The Denver Post's Dave Krieger goes in depth on the Rockies' change of attitude to start this season. While it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the lowered expectations have helped ease the team, there's still something to be said about the way the guys have bounced back thus far. Injury issues or not - scoring 30 runs in four games against the likes of Brandon Webb, Dan Haren, Doug Davis, and Cole Hamels is no small feat - especially when you take into account the fact that the Rox didn't hit the 30 run mark until TEN games into the 2008 season. Not to mention, the starting pitching has been magnificent, outside of Aaron Cook's poor outing, thus far.

In a somewhat similar piece, Michael Booth's front page article talks about the wave of optimism that hit Rockies' fans on opening day (which usually happens every year). The only thing I have to add to this article is that from an outsider's view (not currently, or ever, residing in Colorado), I hope all of these self-proclaimed Rockies fans stick with the team throughout the entire season because if nothing else, there are few better, or cheaper, things for people to do than to go to a ball game - whether the team stinks or not.

This is a couple of days old, but Tyler Hissey from Around the Majors thoroughly examined the Jason Hammel/Aneury Rodriguez trade. He likes the "sound thought process" that took place on both sides of the deal.

Jorge De La Rosa faces the Phillies tonight for the first time since giving up 7 runs in 3 1/3 innings in a 20-5 loss in Philadelphia last Memorial Day. Thomas Harding says the outing does not bother Jorge. De La Rosa said it was nothing more than losing his concentration after giving up a bomb to Chase Utley. Hopefully, we'll see a more mature, less flustered JDLR this season. The game starts at 6:10 PM MDT and I'm again pumped to be attending. GO ROCKIES!