The Colorado Rockies are starting to make a habit of beating NL West Division rival and defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants. Blanking the Giants in a fourth consecutive win, the Rockies’ first win in San Francisco in almost a year, allowed Colorado to maintain their top spot in the NL West.
The Rockies once again road the coat tails of young RHP Tyler Chatwood. Chatwood had another solid effort adding to his resume from the mound going six innings giving up zero runs. Chatwood brought up from Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Socks, when Jeff Francis went on the DL, remains unbeaten on the season. In his last 17 2/3 innings, Chatwood has offered up only a single run.
If this is not the exclamation point on a resume that should award him a starting spot in the Rockies rotation, there is a strong possibility Rockies’ fans will run someone in management out on a rail.
On the offensive side of the line-up card, the Rockies welcomed back right fielder Michael Cuddyer from the 15-day DL. Cuddyer contributed early and often to the Rockies’ scoring Friday, responsible for three of the Rockies five runs.
Bringing Cuddyer back from the DL created a fairly high profile transaction. Rockies second baseman Josh Rutledge, not the hot hitting DJ LeMahieu, was sent back down to Colorado Springs making room for Cuddyer’s return. LeMahieu is batting over .400 since being called up to the big club.
The Rockies continue to make a statement in the NL West Division. A stretch that came at the tail end of a 23-game disaster for the Rockies has been nothing short of spectacular for Colorado, defeating the Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks in Coors Field followed by Friday’s victory over the Giants.
The season is early, and it would be dangerous to get hopes too high. However, Colorado continues to build on their current momentum and should again be returned to the conversations as one of the best MLB teams in 2013.