If one has been paying attention to the Rockies this year, it’s been very tumultuous. It’s as if the Rockies have a Jekyll and Hyde complex. On the one hand, the Rockies are a good offensive team, hitting base hits and runs, and home runs. And on the other, the pitching can let the team down, igniting a forest fire on an extremely dry forest and hoping home is still alive. Nothing is more prevalent than this weekend.
I went to the Rockies game on Thursday vs. the San Francisco Giants. Bear in mind that the Rockies had a dry spell recently. But that day was supposed to be different. The bats came out early for a total of 6 runs in 2 innings. Our starting pitcher, Jhoulys Chacin is one of our better pitchers. But alas, he came unglued in the 4th, allowing 5 runs to cross in the 4th, and 3 more in the 6th to be what was a changing momentum. Nothing could be so frustrating to Rockies fans as much as that one game. In fact, we had lost our previous 9 games to SF before this one. So it was understandable that Rox fans would be so confused as to what to expect from our team for the rest of the year. Would we compete, or just write it off?
In many ways, this team had the same image as last year’s Rockies team. Last year, the team had a wonderful April, and then May was the worst in history. In fact, there were records set for losses on a certain day, and in general. Injuries piled on, and pitchers like Jeremy Guthrie failed. Players were traded, and then showed success on their respective teams–more than they did in Colorado. I would rather want to forget about that year. Although it’s usually too early to consider games or series being a “must win”, this one had that feeling from many fans–even from objective writers like David Martin (@RockiesReview). If the Rockies could not win the next 2-3 games with SF, it would be a sign not to take the team seriously.
The next two nights, Rockies seem to answer that question. For Friday’s game, a team that is up 10 runs with their opponent having 4 errors are two signs that a team should win. Of course, this is Coors Field, and anything can happen–and has happened before. The team did win by a score of 10-9, though it was nearly subject to throwing it away in the later innings. And now tonight, it was a clear 10-2 victory for the Rockies.
So while tomorrow is nowhere near the end of the season, it has a lot of feeling. Juan Nicasio has been flat out terrible in his last few starts, and this is our worst rival (if we had one). Now would be the perfect time for the Rockies to try to capitalize on the other team. I do believe that it’s not necessarily the score that determines it, but more on the play of the game. If Nicasio cannot pitch, he should be optioned ASAP. If the team makes errors, or has many batters going hitless, this is a concern. But if the Rockies can show some effort of competing, we do have a team worthy of watching. And it’s always better with a win. Go Rockies