The Colorado Rockies exploded out of the starting blocks this season, setting expectations a mile high. Sure, the season was young but the sticks were hot, the bullpen rock solid, and the starting rotation efficient enough. At one time the Rockies had the best record in all of baseball, an endless script of feel good subplots and the celebration of the teams 20th anniversary. The sky was the limit.
The last couple weeks, the mile high expectations have been deflated. Things absolutely could not get worst, right?
On Thursday night, the Rockies hosted the NL West-leading, not to mention heated rival, San Francisco Giants. Earlier in the year, the Rockies first blew an early four-run lead in game one, followed by the Giants sweeping the Rockies.
Being swept by the Giants seems to be old hat for the Rockies, having lost nine straight to the defending World Series Champions.
Thursday night felt different, and it certainly started differently. Facing the reliable Matt Cain, Rockies sluggers jumped out to an early six-run lead. Three Colorado players went yard: Todd Helton, Nolan Arenado and Wilin Rosario. Starter Jhoulys Chacin seemed in control — the Rockies were rolling.
Colorado had seven hits for six runs through three innings, but they would only get one more hit on the night after that. Chacin who rolled through the first three innings, was lit up for five runs in the fourth and three more in the sixth. In the end, Thursday wouldn’t be different — and, yes it could get worst.
When the dust cleared, the Rox blew another big lead and lost their 10th consecutive game against San Francisco.
Despite the recent slide, the Rockies are still very competitive in the NL West with three games left in the current series against the Giants. These are a pivotal three games for the Rockies. Not only can they close the gap in the NL West, the Rockies have an opportunity to send a message to their home crowd that they are legitimate contenders this season.
Contending teams have confidence and an identity, and right now the Rockies are trying to find theirs.