I feel like the Rockies haven’t played a game in weeks. They were off yesterday after being rained out on Wednesday in Chicago. Reportedly, that game should’ve been played. The conditions for game one of the series were much worse, but Starlin Castro made three errors that night. Also, the Cubs’ starting rotation is a disaster. It seems that the Northsiders were a little too happy about calling it off.
Now the Rockies will have to make a one day Chicago pit stop in late June. They are losing their last off day before the All-Star break. Not to mention, Wednesday’s pitching matchup was heavily in the Rockies favor. It’s a safe bet that the Cubs will have a stronger rotation when June rolls around. But, there is nothing to be done. Poor April weather is just part of the game.
The good news is that the Rockies return home tonight against the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates. As of this morning, they have a 4.5 game lead. The last time they led the NL West by that many games was 1995. In addition, if they win tonight, the Rockies will be a franchise best 17-7 after 24 games.
Also, it appears that Todd Helton has truly returned to form. The Toddfather revamped his off-season routine by doing P90X and he benefited more than anyone from the Rockies new spring training locale. On Tuesday he hit two homeruns. The second was an absolute bomb to dead center. We haven’t seen Todd hit a ball that hard in years.
Ty Wigginton had his best game of the season on Tuesday, but he strained his oblique. The Rockies are hoping that he won’t have to go on the DL, but that’s where he’ll probably end up. It takes a little time for baseball players to get over oblique strains.
Alfredo Amezaga will likely be called up from Colorado Springs to take Wiggy’s spot. Amezaga is hitting .364 with Colorado Springs, but that’s not saying much. Their entire lineup is hitting over .310. It’s time someone introduced the Sky Sox to a humidor.
Eric Seidman at Fangraphs takes a look at Chris Iannetta. Seidman points out that Iannetta has been unlucky in terms of BABIP, but he’s been solid at getting on base. I think it’s time we all accept the fact that Iannetta is never going to be an offensive force. He strikes out far too often and his low BABIP is a product of him consistently making poor contact. However, his .388 OBP is more than acceptable for a solid defensive catcher and a number eight hitter.
The Rockies have one of the better bullpens in baseball. I agree with Thomas Harding here. Their bullpen is one of the biggest reasons for their early season success. It’s easy to take the Rox solid relief corps for granted, but they’ve made a huge difference this year.
David Schoenfield takes on MLB’s attendance problems and points out that attendance is down for most forms of entertainment.