Patrick Saunders talks about the new culture in the Rockies organization, saying the team has a tougher attitude. The Rockies are off to a solid 7-4 start and the players believe that they can win now. When talking about the clubhouse, Carlos Gonzalez said, "There is no messing around right now, not with this group, we are here to win now. We are not here to be patient."
Whether you believe the Rockies are legitimate contenders or not, these are great things to hear from your star outfielder. Saunders also touches on the Rockies making tough decisions sooner, rather than later. After a poor spring training, the Rockies cut long time Rockies pitcher Jhoulys Chacin. Another example would be the demotion of LaTroy Hawkins from the closer role after he blew two saves in a row. Moves like these didn’t happen often in the Rockies recent past, as the Rockies let Rex Brothers pitch with the big league club all year even though he carried a 5.59 ERA over 74 appearance. Brothers, who struggled in spring training, is now with the Albuquerque Isotopes trying to earn his way back to the team.
It’s frustrating when you like a player and you find out they’re a big jerk. It’s good to know Tyler Matzek is not one of them. Justin Solomon, a former Rockies draft pick, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2011. Solomon’s wife had set up a Facebook page for him, and Matzek’s wife happened to see it. Matzek decided to invite Solomon and his wife out to spring training. Matzek covered all of their expenses for the trip, including their hotel, rental car, and their flights. Not only did he invite them to the games, but also took them out to dinner three nights during their trip. Matzek is not only a great pitcher, but an even better person.
The Rockies started 2014 with a 16-12 record and then went on to only win 50 more games. It’s not a surprise to see the Rockies off to another hot start. The question is will they tank again? Jordan Wevers touches on the Rockies pitching that he says Rockies fans shouldn’t trust for long, as pitchers like Eddie Butler have an ERA 1.69 but a FIP of 6.07. Not a whole lot of new information here for Rockies fans, as we know all about the home and road struggles. It's clear that the NL West will be tough. We can just all hope the Rockies can avoid the usual May through September slump.