The Rockies home opener on April 6 was one of the coldest games ever played in Denver with the thermometer bottoming out at 28 degrees. Ironically, the record for the coldest home game was also against the Braves on April 13, 2013 with the first pitch temperature at 23 degrees. The Rockies lost this year’s game 4-0. Actually in 2013 they had worse luck losing both games of a double header on that date in which Atlanta’s Freddy Freeman went an amazing 8 for 8 with 20 RBIs.
As of April 8, with a 5-win, 5-loss record, the Rockies are definitely not hot, but neither are any of the other teams in the Western Division. The Diamondbacks are at 7 wins and 2 losses. The Giants have 4 wins and 4 losses. The Dodgers are struggling at 3 wins and 6 losses. And the Padres trail the pack with 2 wins and 8 losses.
In the early going of any season, it’s difficult to judge whether patterns are emerging – either for individual players (on offense or pitching) or teams. In the most general terms, the Rockies starting pitching has been erratic. Their new bullpen has been impressive. And the team’s offense, which has averaged only 3.7 runs per game so far, has not been enough to offset the hiccups of the pitching staff. I’m confident those numbers will change for the better in the next month.
This week the Rockies will host the Padres for three more games then head for the East Coast for a weekend series with the Washington Nationals followed by a three-game series in Pittsburgh against Clint Hurdle’s hot Pirates club. When we check back in on April 19 we’ll know a lot more about who’s hot and who’s not. firstname.lastname@example.org
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