It’s anyone’s guess what you’ll get each time the Colorado Rockies suit up. One night the explosive offense racks up double-digit runs whereas other nights they simply rack up double-digit K’s. The Jekyll and Hyde persona the team has adopted this season has once again been on display during their first four games in July.
In two games, the Rockies offense scored 17 combined runs. In the other two, they scored zero.
Friday night had to be considered a low point for the Rockies offense. Not only were they shut out after reaching base a mere four times and recording only three hits, the Rockies never had a single runner in scoring position. Not one.
Of course, credit cannot be taken from Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Tyler Skaggs, because his effort was nothing short of exceptional. And the timing for an inspirational outing by the Diamondbacks could not have been better as they honored the 19 fallen firefighters of the Northern Arizona wildfires wearing black uniforms and patches in memory.
And you can absolutely point out the absence of Rockies’ sluggers Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez and Dexter Fowler on Walt Weiss’s lineup card. They are the catalyst of the pop in the Rockies lineup.
But consistency is a true mark of a champion, or at the very least a competitor. Right now, the Rockies are falling short. If they have long-term plans of NL West Division contention, consistency is key. Actually, consistency is vital.
With the loss, the Rockies find themselves tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers for second place 3.5 games behind the Diamondbacks in the NL West. They are most certainly in striking distance. Of course, they are also well within the realm of falling 5.5 games back in the next two nights.
Simply depends, does Jekyll or does Hyde show up on offense?
It is never my intention to be repetitive or to beat the proverbial dead horse… but the Rockies need the All-Star break. They need some time to mend, regroup and refocus. Halfway through the season, they remain competitive and well within striking distance. An unlikely probability when the season began.
The laws of probability dictate someone has to inevitably step up and take the NL West Division. However, Murphy’s Law dictates anything is possible and we just may be in for an interesting and unpredictable ride in the second half of the 2013 MLB Season.