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Thursday Rockpile: So... let's all pretend last night was the home opener.


At least the Rockies did it better in the do-over. The issue now will be to show that they can still hit when not facing a weak pitching opponent's bottom of the rotation scrub at Coors Field. The Rockies 22 hits did do wonders for what were a few pathetic batting averages heading into the game as Todd Helton, Dexter Fowler and Chris Nelson all used three hit nights to go from hitting below .100 to above the Mendoza line. All three could still use a couple more games like that to get into the MLB worthy category. Patrick Saunders posted several more amusing nuggets from last night's hit parade.

More notes from the Denver Post include stuff about how old Jamie Moyer is and Jeremy Guthrie's inspiring long toss partner prior to yesterday's game. Much as the ancient historians of victors would marginalize their sides' flaws, Guthrie's rough start last night in general will likely get glossed over as the season progresses, but there's a disturbing trend of back to back homers allowed in each of his first two starts. Guthrie has allowed four of the seven homers given up by Rockies starters this season.

While the starting pitching aside from Juan Nicasio has started slow, the same can't be said of the Rockies bullpen, which sports a 2.70 ERA in 16.2 IP on the season thus far. While both starters got shelled in last night's contest, the difference for the blowout came down to a Rockies long pen that allowed just two more runs to score in 5.2 IP versus a Giants bullpen that allowed eleven in the same span. Over the course of the season, the difference between these two teams' mop-up crews might not be as stark, but for right now, it seems the Rockies are in decent shape when it comes to long relief.


Even as Jeff Aberle wisely advises Rockies fans not to worry based on what could turn out to be just a short bad spell to start the season, I'm going to concern troll Giants fans and point them to all the articles that say they should be worried about Tim Lincecum.

Like Grant Brisbee's, which shows the disturbing trend for their ace...

or Henry Schulman's recap, which has a bunch of other factoids that say this isn't the same Lincecum we've been used to getting beat up by.

All that Schadenfreude aside, the Rockies and Rockies fans maybe ought to be concerned that one of their own young starting pitchers, Jhoulys Chacin, has shown no progress going on almost a full year now in improving his command to where he avoids the "three walks and a bunch of runs inning" issues he faced Monday. Jim Tracy seems to be plugging his ears and pretending there's not a situation there, but given how many relapses Chacin has had over the past ten months, I think it's hard to overlook.