Let’s just put it out there. Colorado has a good team believe it or not, but their current record reflects a losing season. Mind you they have six superstars that could shine on any team. But what’s the problem? They have young talent all over the field not putting forth any effort. They went through last week like The Walking Dead. The lost to the Rangers, A`s, Angels and Diamondbacks over the past couple of weeks. We now see the Jekyll and Hyde side of the Rockies. They broke out the “Whoopin’ Sticks” and lit up the Reds by 10 runs. Final score 17-7 with a 10-run barrage in the third inning of Sunday’s game. It was the best $10 I’ve spent since I’ve been in Denver. You have to remember the pitching and bats this team has on the roster. Every hitter in the lineup reached base, and seven of the eight position players had hits in the third, which was Colorado’s highest-scoring inning since putting up 11 runs in the fifth on April 27, 2012 against the Mets. The Rockies tacked on five more runs over the next three innings and finished the day with five homers, which was the most Cincinnati has given up in a game this season. Like any other team they can go cold. Is it the motivation? Is it coaching or that these players can’t coexist?
Bright Spots for the Rockies
Nolan Arenado is one of the best 3rd basemen in the Majors. He has hit safely in the last six games and carries a .348 slugging average. Center fielder Charlie Blackmon added a homer, 2B DJ LeMahieu had two homers, right fielder Carlos Gonzalez homered two times, 1B Ben Paulsen had a pair of homers on Sunday. Starting pitcher Kyle Kendick survived five innings with three strikeouts and allowed one homer but he gave up seven hits and six earned runs.
Watching the team grab a huge lead put the fans on edge. The team has jumped out to huge leads only to lose in the 7th, 8th and 9th innings. We can talk about how poorly the team played on average but it feels good to see the team, fans and organization end the week on a high note. They can build from here and keep the streak alive.
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