In unexpected fashion, the Colorado Rockies are just half a game out of first place in the always competitive NL West. MLB pundits across the globe didn’t give the Rockies a chance before the season began, so their 37-33 is incredibly impressive.
When Walt Weiss took the job as the Rockies’ manager this offseason, I chalked it up as a desperate move because prior to the 2013 season Weiss had only coached at the High School level. Believe it or not, the rookie skipper has done a great job with a pitching staff that features some of the weakest talent in the league. Not only does the staff lack talent, but Colorado’s depth has also been an issue since day one and the Rockies just keep winning.
With only 60 games in the books, it’s far too early to give Colorado the divisional champs nod, but the wins in the mile-high city are piling up.
Troy Tulowitzki will be out for 4-6 weeks with a broken rib, yet injuries have not slowed this team down all season. In fact, the Rockies have played without their opening-day closer for the entire month of June, but Rex Brothers has done a fantastic job stepping in for the injured Rafael Betancourt with three saves already.
It has always been difficult for pitchers to perform well at Coors Field, so Brothers’ success on such short notice is admirable.
Even still, the Rockies have another storm to weather as Tulo’s absence will loom larger than Betancourt’s brief stint on the 15-day disabled list. However, Colorado has been proving us wrong all year long, so don’t be surprised if the NL West crown winds up at Coors Field for the first time in franchise history — the Colorado Rockies became an organization in 1993.