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Monday Rockpile: Be wary of Seth Smith...

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Especially if you're an opposing pitchers. :)

No seriously, like I mentioned and got lashed for yesterday with Yorvit Torrealba, Seth Smith's tear is also unsustainable, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't enjoy the awesomeness while it lasts. And the good thing with Smith is that when he does come back down to earth, he will likely still have a very valuable bat for the Rockies.

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Meanwhile, I think fans tend to think that both good and bad stretches represent new "normals" for players, when normal will probably be closer to what it always has been. Just as Smith's or Yorvit Torrealba's hot stretches are almost certainly unsustainable, so too are unusually extreme cold streaks, such as the one being experienced by Brad Hawpe:

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Sunday gave the Rockies the best possible outcome it could, and the separation from the other wild card contenders is a relief. Let's continue that trend with the Reds series.