Eric Young Jr. Stays Hot As Rockies Sweep Brewers


The Colorado Rockies defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6 this afternoon and completed a 3 game sweep. They rode the continued hot hands of Eric Young Jr. and Carlos Gonzalez to yet another high scoring victory in a game where the team had to overcome another shaky appearance by spot-starter Guillermo Moscoso. They won with drama today, as Tyler Colvin knocked a walkoff double in the bottom of the 9th inning. If nothing else, it is nice to see this team change from finding ways to lose to finding ways to win.

As I noted yesterday, right fielder Michael Cuddyer will return to the Rockies tomorrow. If Jim Tracy knows what’s best (fingers crossed!), then he will not even consider inserting Cuddyer in the outfield with the way Young Jr. is playing. More and more it looks like Tyler Colvin, today’s hero, will be the victim of a suddenly crowded situation. If nothing else, this whole development shows what an easy decision it was to shut down Todd Helton this season. Imagine how complicated things would be if he was still on the active roster.

Young Jr.’s speed has always been enticing (see today’s winning run for proof). The more he looks like a consistent professional hitter, the more we all have to wonder if he can actually turn into an everyday player. With a home run in back-to-back games, his is looking more and more like a repeatable professional swing by the day. The idea of he and a more consistent Dexter Fowler batting in front of Gonzalez and a healthy Troy Tulowitzki is a salivating prospect on paper. If Tulo can return to the lineup for part of the rest of this season, perhaps we can get a look at that lineup.

Now the Rockies turn their attention to the Miami Marlins, who rival their level of disappointment in 2012, albeit for far different reasons. The Marlins provide a great opportunity for the Rockies to continue playing good baseball and maybe even start to build some hope moving forward.