After a horrible start to the season, it seems that the Colorado Rockies have figured something out and are on their way to turning things around.
Coming into this season the big question mark for the club was how will their starting pitching keep them in the game? Well, at the beginning of May the Rockies had a record just under .500 at 11-12 but their weakness began to take center stage. Through May 22, the Rockies record had plummeted to 15-27 and their losses were plagued with poor pitching performances from their starters. In many of the ball games, the starting pitchers would not get past the 6th inning and then the bullpen would get overworked furthering the poor pitching cycle. The offense would have its good games and was for the most part consistent but it’s hard to come from behind game after game.
With that said, something has clicked in the clubhouse and the Rockies have gotten it going. To finish the month of May, Colorado went 6-2 highlighted by a four game sweep of the Houston Astros and quality wins over the Cincinnati Reds and the Miami Marlins. Wins over the Astros are not much to brag about but losses to them would be worse and the Rockies got it done when they needed it the most. After that series Colorado went on to take two of three from the MLB leading Los Angeles Dodgers. Since May 22 the Rockies are 8-3 and have made up five games in the NL West and have inched closer in the wild card standings.
There has been some casualties along the way with Jamie Moyer getting optioned to the minors, Troy Tulowtizki going on the 15-day DL and Juan Nicasio suffering a sprained knee. The club has persevered up to this point so what’s another bump in the road? To get through the next few weeks they will have to rely on Carlos Gonzalez’s power surge and their resurgent offense which is averaging over seven runs per game during their 8-3 stretch.
Who knows if the Rockies will be able to sustain this momentum but they are certainly turning things around after an awful start to the season. With another wild card spot up for grabs this season the Rockies still have hope to make the postseason but there is a lot of time between then and now so we will see how the rest of this month plays out.