There is a saying, “it isn’t how you start but how you finish” that might be great for someone who didn’t fall down and break their leg in the middle of the race. Sadly, the Rockies didn’t start well, got worse and then finished (at least here at home) on a little bit of a high.
Well, that is if you take your high with a sprinkling of 2nd to last place Cubs that is.
This afternoon’s game featured excellent starting pitching, excellent fielding, excellent hitting and nary a spot of rain to be found.
But, don’t be fooled by the happy high-fives afterwards, the Rockies still finished their season at home with the worst record in Coors history: 35-46. They did, however, really put a damper on those hoping for a 100 loss season to hold over ownership’s head in the chant for change.
Jhoulys Chacin pitched well, going five innings and only giving up three earned on seven hits. He picked up his third win of the season. Who would have guessed coming out of spring training that Rex Brothers would have more wins than any of the starters and he only had 8. Chacin does have a chance to pick up his fourth win come Arizona, but none of the starters will make it to eight, let alone 10 wins for the season.
What isn’t sad is the excellent hitting the Rockies put on for the home crowd against the Cubs. Over the three games the team put up 21 runs, with Wednesdays six spot coming in a rain shortened game.
Some of the hitting hero’s included DJ LeMahieu, who was robbed of the cycle by the rain-out, having hit a triple, double and single before the game was called. His first at bat saw him “complete” the cycle with a two run shot in the bottom of the second.
Rosario and Nelson continued to get their hits in, both coming up with two apiece in today’s win.
The real hero happened to be Jordan Pacheco, who went 2-4 with three RBI’s, crushed a three-run home run to left in the first inning and made some nice plays at first, one where a wild throw pulled him off the bag so he got the tag in the air and the other to end the game, getting a nice pick at first to seal the Coors season. He was very humble about the game ending play afterwards.
Rutledge did an amazing job. He gets to a lot of balls, especially up the middle, so I knew he had a chance at that ball. He threw it over there, and I kind of just closed my eyes and was hoping I got it.
If the season was only measured on the success of hitting at Coors, the team would be on the way to the post season playoff’s. The team hit a combined .306 at Coors, becoming the first team to break .300 in a season since the Angels (.305) and Yankees (.300) did it in 2007.
Not bad for a bunch of rookies.
But it isn’t all just hitting. Hitting is nothing if you don’t have pitching, and the Rockies were the epitome of a team that lacked pitching. Those that should have succeeded, like “Ace” Jeremy Guthrie and future “Ace” Drew Pomeranz, failed spectacularly. And those that were expected to fail, Moyer and Francis, had a measure of success that was unexpected.
While there are still a handful of games on the road to “look forward to”, one thing is for sure. Betancourt is still MONEY and Matt Belisle needs to take a long long long nap.