Just when we were all feeling a sense of doom and gloom, the Colorado Rockies pulled off a sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates at Coors Field this weekend. They are well out of the race and have to go on a tear just to reach the .500 mark, but these wins were still significant. Here’s what else is happening with the Rockies.
As for Weiss, he has told me repeatedly that he still enjoys the job, particularly once the game starts. He’s clearly made mistakes in his first year. He’s been late on some bullpen maneuvers and he erred by not intervening in Atlanta to prevent Troy Tulowitzki from getting ejected. But there was always going to be growing pains.
“Evaluating Weiss with the same rubric as a veteran boss is unfair. The players respect him, listen to him. He’s instilled a toughness that was sorely lacking. Still, these final six weeks are important. If the Rockies roll over and finish with 90 losses, that’s an indictment of both the roster and Weiss’ leadership.”
Rock’s first sweep of a first place team since Atlanta in August of 2010
— Tracy Ringolsby (@ROOTSPORTS_TR) August 12, 2013
Right hander Eddie Butler (#3 PuRP) made his ONEOK debut and recorded his fifth consecutive shutout. Going back a month to July 11th, Butler has thrown 26 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run to cross the plate. The Virginia native carries a 0.00 ERA in two Double-A starts after allowing just three hits in five innings, walking none and striking out six.”