A familiar face was in left field on Thursday night at Coors Field as the Colorado Rockies hosted the New York Mets. A recent New York addition via a trade from the Rockies, Eric Young Jr., was dressed in the traditional blue and orange of a Mets uniform. The sight was surreal.
EY would finish the night with a single in five at-bats but more importantly for the former Rockies mainstay, the Mets left Colorado with a one-run victory courtesy of another Matt Belisle relief train wreck. That came after another superb effort from Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood, who surrendered just four hits and one run in six innings of work.
The Rockies loss put a damper on a record-breaking night for the red-hot Michael Cuddyer, who extended his current hit streak to 24, setting a franchise record. The previous record holder, Dante Bichette, Cuddyer’s hitting coach, was in attendance.
The game marked the 14th that the Rockies have played without shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who is currently on the DL with broken ribs. Of the 14 without their star shortstop, the Rockies have won just four.
Since his injury, it has been widely popular within media outlets to declare Tulo an overrated player. Reading with a level of frustration and an inability to keep from shaking my head in disbelief, I ask: if what they write is true, why do the Rockies struggle so horrifically without him?
It makes no sense. There is no dispute about the unfortunate number of injuries that have plagued Tulo’s career, but to say his services are over rated is an inexcusable statement carrying no factual proof. The Rockies simply are not the Rockies without Tulowitzki – period. And right now, the Rockies are missing Tulo.
Thankfully, NL West division foes ahead of Colorado are currently not faring much better than the 20th and Blake crew. Despite losing 10 of 14, the Rockies find themselves a mere four games back of division leading Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Rockies will host the San Francisco Giants beginning Friday as part of a seven-game home stand. Obviously, the Rockies need to find success at home, more so with the understanding that a second 10-game road stretch follows prior to the All-Star break.