Monday’s First Pitch


Yet another rough weekend for the Rockies.

After a 16-hit offensive barrage on Friday, the Rockies dropped two of three to the NL West bottomdwellers,and fell to a game and a half back behind the division leading Giants, who by the way come to Coors for two starting tonight. Unfortunately for the Rockies, Tim Lincecum takes the ball for the Giants tonight.

He took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in his last visit to 20th and Blake.

The offense actually looked very good this past weekend. The middle of the order was untouchable.

Carlos Gonzalez hit another home run, plus hit a triple on Friday in the Rockies 12-7 win, their lone win of the weekend. CarGo hit .272 for the weekend, not bad for someone barely hitting above .230 before the start of the Padres series.

Troy Tulowitzki also hit better, hitting his tenth home run of 2011, and going a combined 8-for-15 this past weekend.

Todd Helton hit three doubles and two home runs this weekend, and Helton continues to be the only Rockies starter hitting above .300.

The bullpen was what really hurt the Rockies this weekend. Both Franklin Morales and Felipe Paulino continued to struggle, and even Huston Street gave up another long ball. The bullpen allowed the Padres to score 8 unanswered runs to come back from a 7-1 deficit to win 9-7. The Rockies need to get their bullpen issue straight, or this next week could put the Rockies in a bigger hole than they are now.