Colorado Rockies: 3 things we have learned so far on this road trip

May 18, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Alexi Amarista (2) throws to second base in the eighth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
May 18, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Alexi Amarista (2) throws to second base in the eighth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 18, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Alexi Amarista (2) throws to second base in the eighth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports /

After a season-long 10-game homestand, the Colorado Rockies hit the road for a season-long 10-game road swing through Minnesota, Cincinnati and Philadelphia. After Sunday’s 6-4 win over the Reds, Colorado has just one more stop on the road trip before heading back to Coors Field.

In Colorado’s first two stops of the road trip, the Rockies jumped on the host team to win the first game. That makes them 11-3 in the first game of a series this season, a big reason why the Rockies have a 28-17 overall record and two-game lead in the National League West.

There have been good points of the trip so far (like the Rockies jumping on Minnesota’s Ervin Santana for five earned runs in a 5-1 win on May 18) and not-so-good points of the trip (like Saturday’s 12-8 loss in Cincinnati where Colorado’s 2017 bullpen looked like the bullpen of years past).

So after seeing the Rockies post a 6-4 homestand before hitting the road for this 10-game quest through the Central and Eastern time zones, what have we seen? Plenty that makes us believe this Colorado team isn’t just a fluke. Ian Desmond said it best when the Rockies were in Minnesota, right? Wins any time of the season matter.

What are three things we’ve noticed on this road trip so far, heading into the City of Brotherly Love? Let’s take a look.

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