Sep 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the New York Mets during the eighth inning of a game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
You SHOULD be riding high after the Colorado Rockies swept the San Francisco Giants in AT&T Park this week. Here are the takeaways from Wednesday’s game, and the sweep as a whole…
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Boy, how good did that feel to sweep San Francisco at their place?
The Colorado Rockies are 7-2. They lead the NL West. They are undefeated on the road (6-0). And maybe best of all, the team now has a lights-out bullpen that’s helmed by a closer who, in my humble opinion, will probably never allow another base runner all year.
That’s obviously an exaggeration, but deal with it. So sue me! I’m happy! The Rockies are, like, good! And the season is 5.56% of the way over! Let’s just hold on for 153 more games, guys!
Observations from Wednesday night’s game in San Francisco:
Beware the road bust.
The Rockies swept San Francisco and that’s great; they’re in the middle of a major boom right now. But the last time they swept a series in San Francisco (last June), Clayton Kershaw no-hit the Rockies three days later.
And the last time the Rockies swept a series in San Francisco (last June) they followed that up by finishing their road schedule a whopping 6-39, sooo…..
All I’m saying is, as fun as this is, let’s not count our road trip chickens before they hatch, mmmkay?
I had a Michael McKenry vision.
Michael McKenry was 2-for-4 with a stolen base (the first of his career!!!) so, maybe I should dream about the Rockies more. He wasn’t like, Arenado-level amazing, but 2-for-4 ain’t bad, ok?
Speaking of Arenado…
The dude mashed a three-run home run – on an 0-2 pitch – early in the game Wednesday night that would turn out to be all the Rockies needed.
He also turned a crucial double play on a Buster Posey ground ball late in the game that got the Rockies out of a big jam. All the guy does is figure out a way to help the team.
Nice rebound, Tyler Matzek.
Here’s the line: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 92 pitches (53 strikes).
He threw nearly 50 pitches through his first two innings, and then he really settled down. Nice rebound, not only from his underwhelming start in the home opener Friday against Chicago, but also from his first two innings in San Francisco tonight which were really rocky and could have turned very ugly, very quickly.
Matzek went the magic 18 outs and gave the bullpen a chance to get a breather, with another one coming Thursday with the off day.
Brooks Brown! Brooks Freakin’ Brown!
Another 1-2-3 inning, and this time, he’s doing it late in the game (seventh inning) in a hold/save situation (three run lead). He hasn’t allowed a run since early August. He’s the man.
And, seriously, if Walt Weiss can more or less trust everybody in that bullpen to throw valuable innings with small leads, the Rockies will be able to go further than anyone can imagine this summer.
Brown, Christian Friedrich, hell, even Christian Bergman are underrated for what they might be able to bring to this team in middle relief in crucial mid-game situations. Keep. It. Up.
Is this good?
Is that a good thing? I can’t read very good, and numbers confuse me. Is that OK? Do we like that? Plz halp.
Rockies. Dodgers. Friday night, in Los Angeles. Some chick named Klayton Cershaw (sp?) is going against the Rox. Never heard of her.
Hey, seriously, I live in L.A. and I will be at the Friday night game, so if you’re in town, too, and you’re reading this, pop me a tweet @BobbyDeMuro, maybe we can meet up at the game!