The Rockies have had great fan support from the very start. But it never hurts to win a few ballgames along the way.
Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) June 01, 2013
It may come as a surprise to some, but the 2013 baseball season is already two months old, and teams have begun to separate themselves in the race for the postseason.
One team surprisingly still in the mix is the Colorado Rockies, who have gotten off to a great start this season. Widely picked as one of the worst teams in the National League, the Rockies boast a 28-26 record through the last day in May, and are currently locked in a fierce three-way competition with San Francisco and Arizona for control of the NL West.
First-year club skipper Walt Weiss has done a great job of re-energizing his players, and that excitement has rubbed off on the fans as well.
“There’s definitely more interest in Rockies tickets now than there was a couple weeks ago,” Amazon Tickets and Events marketing manager Brent Larsen said. “If the team can stay with the Giants and D’backs for the rest of the summer, the crowds will continue to grow.”
Despite the teams’ lack of success in recent seasons, the Rockies’ faithful have still done a terrific job filling the stands year-in and year-out.
“The Rockies have had great fan support from the very start,” said Larsen. “But it never hurts to win a few ballgames along the way.”
Of course, putting wins on the board is a lot easier when the team’s two best players are healthy and productive. Few teams in the league feature a more dangerous one-two offensive punch than SS Troy Tulowitzki and LF Carlos Gonzalez. Tulowitzki, who missed the majority of the 2012 season with a hip injury, is back at full strength and in the midst of an MVP caliber season. The slugging shortstop is batting .335 with 12 home runs and 43 RBIs, and is playing his usual terrific defense.
Gonzalez was not quite up to his usual standards a season ago, but appears to be back on track as well, batting .309 with 13 homers, 34 RBIs and 12 stolen bases as well. Tulo and CarGo are getting solid help up and down the lineup, with CF Dexter Fowler, C Wilin Rosario, 1B Jordan Pacheco and RF Michael Cuddyer all off to solid starts as well.
The biggest change from 2012 to 2013, however, is the transformation of the pitching staff. A season ago, the Rockies had the worst team ERA in the majors at 5.22, and only got 27 quality starts out of the entire pitching staff as management experimented with an ill-fated four-man rotation.
This year, Rockies pitchers have been much improved, with a respectable team ERA of 3.84. LHP Jorge De La Rosa and RHP Jhoulys Chacin have been fantastic in 2013, and each sports an ERA below 4.00. If RHP Tyler Chatwood can continue pitching as well as he has to start the season, Colorado could have the makings of a solid starting rotation.
Many teams start hot and fade, and it is going to be tough for the Rockies to hang with the best teams in the NL West. But with their two stars performing well and their pitching staff much improved, Colorado is far more dangerous than anyone thought they were going to be just two short months ago.
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