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MLB Colorado Rockies

Colorado Rockies Draw Within a Half Game of Lead in NL West

Jhoulys Chacin Colorado Rockies

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The starting pitcher for the Colorado Rockies shut out the Philadelphia Phillies for 26 outs. Unfortunately for Jhoulys Chacin you need to get all 27 to get credit for the shutout. Those two runs he was charged for in the ninth inning do not take away from his dominant performance however. Neither do they take away the progress the Rockies made in the National League West over the weekend.

With the series win over the Phillies coinciding with the Arizona Diamondbacks getting swept by the San Diego Padres, the Rockies find themselves only one half game behind the Diamondbacks in the West. The next assignment for the Rockies is the Toronto Blue Jays which won’t necessarily be easy but it gives them their best chance yet to regain first place.

That’s right. In case you are just joining in on this 2013 Major League Baseball season the Rockies have been the class of the NL West already this year. Many said that they were coming down to earth when they fell out of first place but if you watch this team you know they are better than that. I knew this team wasn’t finished and they clearly are not.

The loss of Troy Tulowitzki is a blow to be sure but they are also a deep team. They need him but he’ll be back. Wouldn’t be a great sign for Rockies fans if they were in first place by the time Tulo made his way back from the DL?  It just might happen.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+.