The Rockies got a stellar start from Yohan Flande, a few key hits and a dramatic sliding catch in right field by Carlos Gonzalez in the eighth to defeat the Nationals.
Rockies first baseman Ben Paulsen wore a bushy mustache when called up last year, and this year he doubled down by growing a thick beard. However, he showed up at Coors Field clean-shaven Thursday before Colorado's 3-2 win.
We rate how miserable recent events have been and turn that into today's Rockies Misery Index, measured in Rockies mascot Dinger's tears.
Word is Rockies stars Gonzalez and Nolan Arenado are upset by the loss of Troy Tulowitzki, and frustrated by the team's ongoing pitching problems. "They're trying to have guys learn at the major-league level, and that's not going to work, not in Coors Field, one scout said. The day Tulo was traded, in fact Arenado told the Rockies media, "I was shocked, we all were, by Tulo getting traded. I'm hurt. Tulo's been the one guy who has been by my side ever since I was in (single-A) Asheville. It's disappointing. That is not the guy I wanted to see go." ... Jorge De La Rosa's mastery at Coors field really is remarkable. His lifetime mark at Coors is 56-25 where his ERA is a practically heroic 4.63 (it's 4.56 on the road) ... It turns out Dan O'Dowd actually had a chance to stay on as GM, if he so desired, so long as he agreed to certain things. Word is, he had a five-year offer on the table, but decided instead to step down after 15 years on the hardest job in baseball.