Rockies First Half Recap

Troy Tulowitzki Colorado Rockies
Troy Tulowitzki Colorado Rockies – Photo Credit: Baseball Schedule (Flickr Creative Commons)

As the fireworks die down, and the All-Star break draws near, The Colorado Rockies find themselves once again a lengthy distance away from the division leader.  Marred by injuries, and below average pitching The Rockies have a long uphill battle just to get back into contention. Here’s a look month by month of the team’s success and failures.

April saw the Rockies surge to a 16-13 record. With the unveiling of the new “Rooftop” bar and OF Charlie Blackmon playing out of his mind, the ball club gave fans plenty of reasons to be optimistic. Aside from The Wilton Lopez experiment which saw the right hander exposed for what he is and optioned back down to the minors. The team was moving in the right direction winning 6 out of the months 9 series and splitting a 4 game series with The San Diego Padres. Troy Tulowitzki was named NL Player of The Month.

The month of May has arrived and so has the road struggles. In the month The Rockies posted a 12-14 record with 11 of those losses coming on the road. With OF Michael Cuddyer on the DL and Carlos Gonzalez struggling at the plate the club needed somebody to step up. That somebody happened to be 3B Nolan Arenado, and SS Tulowitzki. Highlighted by a new franchise record Arenado hit safely in 28 straight games and Tulo remained hot hitting .341 with 7 HRs, 15 RBI’s and 3 2Bs. Manager Walt Weiss earned his first ejection in 216 games as manager and The Rockies ended the month 28-27 overall.

Oh June. June-swoon. This has described The Rockies month the past 20 years. With rich history of dramatic fall offs and untimely losing streaks 2014 was no different. A month in which highly anticipated prospect Eddie Butler made his MLB debut only to quickly be placed on the DL, CarGo’s tumor ridden finger and Arrenado also making his way to the over occupied DL. June was a nightmare. 8-20. The worst month in franchise history….EVER! The Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw no hit the Rockies on June 18th only to be followed up by a wild pitch scoring 3 runs against The Milwaukee Brewers just a couple of days later. Throw in a couple of lengthy losing streaks and The Rockies escaped the month with an overall record of 36-47.

With July arriving and showing no signs of improvement The Rockies seemed destined for another 90+ loss season. The All-Star break is a week away and only two Rockies got invited to the game. SS Tulowitzki as captain and starter and Blackmon getting in as voted on by the players as a reserve. More clamoring for the Monfort brothers to sell the team and the firing of Walt Weiss are growing louder and louder. At least we still have The Rooftop.

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