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Way to go, Rox!

The heart and soul of the Colorado Rockies   

The heart and soul of the Colorado Rockies

Every spring, Denver sports fans ask one thing of the of their teams, “…  just try to keep it interesting until Broncos training camp starts.” The Nuggets got us half way there with a late season surge and a trip to the Western Conference Finals. Now, it looks like the Rockies might actually be able occupy our minds until Kyle Orton’s first snap at QB.

After suffering six different losing streaks of three games or more, the Big Purple has quietly put together an 11-game winning streak, tying a franchise record for consecutive wins. It’s not quite as catchy as the 2007 slogan, but “Rock-une” is positively upon us.    

In the big picture, though, the Rockies’ streak really has only served to remind fans of their existence. 

 

Todd Helton

Todd Helton

At 31-32, Colorado is still 10.5 games behind the Dodgers for the NL West title, and LA has been without Manny Ramirez for a substantial chunk of the season. The Rox just lost relief pitcher Taylor Buchholz for the remainder of the season. And, realistically, this streak can’t go on forever.

 

But it has been certainly fun to watch. The pitching has been outstanding, they’re manufacturing runs left and right, and everybody seems to be having a blast.

 

What has been most fun to observe is the transformation of roles on this team. This isn’t the same squad as the 2007 NL Champions, but it does have a similar cast of characters. Brad Hawpe has turned into a consistent, legitimate bat this season, filling the void of Matt Holliday. Dexter Fowler and Ryan Spilborghs have replaced Willy Taveras and Cory Sullivan as leadoff men and base stealers. You’ve got the new kid, Carlos Gonzalez that plays the 2007 rookie Troy Tulowitski. Huston Street, 2009 = Manny Corpas, 2007. And the list goes on.

Now that people like Drew Soicher are paying attention to this sizzling hot streak, it probably has run its course. Either way, new manager Jim Tracy has this ballclub 3.5 games out of the NL wildcard, and that’s exciting.

It’s nearly July, and baseball matters in Colorado.

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