The stats are probably there for those none-to-lazy to look them up, but the sense that the Rockies tend to “fizzle” come May usually coincides with an extended road trip. This could be complete and utter bollocks, but for longtime fans the art of optimism is usually laced with a heavy dose of road-trip-skepticism.
The only good to come out of Wednesdays afternoon loss to the Royals with a final score of 2-3, is the fact that the team has a six game home-stand coming up, beginning with non-other than their own personal punching bag: the Padres.
For the third game in a row the Rockies played like they had never seen a pitch in their life. Swings were lethargic, attitudes were defeated. Not to discount the Rangers, Reds and Royals and their current teams makeup and standings, but the Rockies should be better than this, at least from the box next to the dish.
Pitching is another aspect all together.
But, this should be a team that isn’t reliant on a perfectly pitched game from our staff. The fact that we didn’t get our first hit until the fourth and our second hit until the sixth puts a ton of pressure on your starter. The you get to watch Tulo get tossed for arguing balls and strikes and you have a mini-meltdown in the making.
Chacin gave up three runs over seven innings, which an April Rockies would have easily capitalized on. In this scenario it only made for a depressing L on his forehead.
CarGo did have two singles and Stubbs put the Rox on the board with a two-run shot in the seventh, but other than that the offense was nothing to write home about. Runners at first and second in the ninth with one out would be cause for optimism, but the feeling that the boys were gonna lose this one overtook any and all hope of a key hit. That and a low called third strike on Stubbs to end the game.