Chad Bettis Is (Kinda) Perfect For The Colorado Rockies


Jul 7, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Chad Bettis (35) in the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field. The Padres defeated the Rockies 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Chad Bettis was perfect into the seventh inning today, and while he didn’t finish perfect, the Colorado Rockies sure did (well, kinda).

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Consider this your late night, half-thought-out analysis on the Colorado Rockies. So… if it doesn’t make total sense, just know that I’ve just came back from the beach and I’m listening to my roommate and girlfriend debate Catholicism. Be jealous.

Aaaaaaaaanyways, I’m still thinking about tonight’s Colorado Rockies game. Chad Bettis was perfect into the seventh inning, and while he eventually lost the perfect-o, and then the no-no, he was still pretty perfect. Indulge me:

The Rockies (very broadly) need to do two things to be successful: pitch well enough, and hit when it matters. And as a corollary, you can add “stars need to play like stars” on their to-do list. Friday night had all three.

Bettis was obviously the highlight of the game, but for the first time in a long time, Troy Tulowitzki looked like one of the best players in baseball, and the guy we all knew existed, somewhere, amongst the strikeouts and trade rumors and lack of walks.

The Rox faced a great pitcher in Cole Hamels – and he threw extremely well – and Colorado still got the best of him.

There were bad spots (strike outs, stranded runners, CarGo still isn’t hitting that well all things considered, etc., etc.), but the Rox went on the road against a very tough pitcher and got a more-than-solid start and huge production from their superstar.

No, the Rox pitching staff won’t throw eight scoreless innings every night, and no, Tulo isn’t going to go 4-for-4 with two home runs every night.

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But to see the two things happen in the same game was a refreshing change of pace to remind us all how good this team can be, especially after a tough couple of weeks.

Life ain’t bad.

Rockies and Phillies go at it again Saturday afternoon. Be there. We will.*

*well, not there there, but online talking about it on Twitter.