The baseball movie MONEYBALL got shut-out at the Oscars recently.
Last year, the Rockies were shut out 8 times; 5 times by teams in the NL West.
Colorado shut out an opponent 7 times.
In those 7 wins, the starting pitcher went the distance twice.
UBALDO JIMENEZ got his 1st win of the season by shutting out the Dodgers in LA on June 1st.
And in April, JHOULYS CHACIN twirled the 1st complete game shut out of his career, when he blanked the Cubs at Coors Field.
JIMENEZ and JASON JENNINGS share the Rockies career mark of 3 complete game shut-outs.
The Rockies are counting on DEXTER FOWLER to be on the NL’s top center fielders in 2012; and here’s why.
Ya’ know who led the Rockies in hits, extra base hits, and runs AFTER the all-star break last year?
Yes DEXTER FOWLER.
And FOWLER played in FEWER games in 2011 than 2010 or 2009!
DEX has 39 triples in his young career…just 10 behind the club’s all time leader, NEFIE PEREZ.
8 different Rockies played at least an out defensively at second base in 2011.
Including catcher JOSE MORALES.
The only man to exclusively play 2nd? That would be current Dodger MARK ELLIS.
MARCO SCUTARO is in line to be TULO’S double play partner this year.
The last time SCUTARO started more than 100 games at 2nd was with Oakland in 2004.
And he led the AL in fielding percentage at 2nd base that season!
Recently acquired Rockie JEREMY GUTHRIE has been the Orioles opening day starter 3 of the last 4 years.
Two years ago the O’s opening day starter was former Rockie KEVIN MILLWOOD.
And GUTHRIE was Baltimore’s winningest pitcher in 3 of those seasons.
Colorado got GUTHRIE ‘cuz he has thrown at least 200 innings in each of the last 3 years.
And he pitched well in his lone career start against the Rockies on 6/9/07; throwing 8 innings and leaving with the game tied at 2.
No current Rockie had a hit off him in that outing in Baltimore.
Colorado won that game 3-2 with a 9th inning run.