The Rockies have won five straight, just finished sweeping the Mets , and are 12 of their last 17.
If only they weren’t so far out of play-off contention.
Because there is no hope for a winning season, let alone a post-season, these wins must be self-containing. The joy of current Rockies baseball is finding joy in the moment with no thought for tomorrow.
Today’s joy came from completing a sweep of the Mets (for the second time in a row at Citi Field). The joy came in holding the Mets to only 5 runs over four games, with today’s shutout putting a cherry on the top.
The same exact pattern of waiting out the starting pitcher, something that was the key to all four wins, was especially true in today’s game. The Mets had rookie pitcher Collin McHugh on the mound for his major league debut. He pitched brilliantly, showing a hook that vintage Barry Zito would have buckled at, and made his parents proud with his final line of 7 ip, 2 h, 0 r, 1 bb and 9 k’s.
If only he wasn’t up against the powerhouse pitching of the Colorado Rockies.
Sure, the Rockies have the worst ERA in the majors. But that was then, this is now. And it isn’t like the Mets can’t hit, sitting eighth in hits in the NL. There was just something in the air in NY this week and the Rockies overall pitching, starters and bullpen, won the battle every time.
Today it took five pitchers to combine for the shutout. Chatwood’s magic number was three: innings, hits, walks and strikeouts all coming in threes. Coming out so soon seemed a bit strange, especially sitting at only 65 pitches after three. No word if he was hurt or only if he was pulled because he wasn’t as sharp as his foe across the field. Nevermind the reason because his replacement Ottavino and the rest of the relievers (Brothers, Harris and Belisle) were masterful. They combined to go six innings of four hit, three walk and five strikeout baseball.
Harris was particularly impressive in his pitching out of a jam. With Tejada getting a two-out double in the eighth, Harris struck out Thole on three pitches to end the inning.
The one run for the Rockies came in the top of the eighth. Tyler Colvin lead off with a triple that was misplayed by center fielder Valdespin. Chris Nelson then came up and hit a single up the middle, scoring Colvin.
The 1-0 shutout was the third shutout in the last 17 games the team has played. Not bad for the worst pitching staff in the bigs.