Friday, April 15, 2011

Colorado Rockies: Hey Philly, See U in the NLCS!

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So far the Colorado Rockies are living up to some of the early buzz they received prior to the start of the season. Sports Illustrated picked them to go 90-72 and finish one game behind the San Francisco Giants and make the playoffs as a wild-card. I'm sure the Rockies would take that in a heartbeat because after all the goal is to make the playoffs and then take it from there. Just ask the defending World Champion Giants, who know better than anybody that the trick is to just get in and hope all your components are working on all cylinders during the playoffs.

The Rockies (10-2) are the first team in the major leagues to reach double-digits in wins and they've done it with great offense and super pitching. That formula will work every time, that's for sure. So for now, it is the Rockies not the Giants, who look like they're on a collision course with the mighty Philadelphia Phillies for NL supremacy.

Hats off to shortstop Troy Tulowitzki who is having a monster year thus far. If the season ended today, Tulowitzki (7 HR, 14 RBI, .364 BA) would no doubt be the NL MVP. Slugger Carlos Gonzalez, veteran Todd Helton, outfielders Dexter Fowler and Seth Smith are also getting the job done.

But make no mistake about it, the key to the Rockies early success is their pitching, particularly their bullpen. The Rockies are getting great starting pitching and their bullpen has been magnificent. They rank No. 1 in the major leagues in SAVES with 8 and No. 1 in HOLDS with 18. Closer Huston Street leads the major leagues with 6 SAVES and has 0 BLOWN SAVES and their 18 HOLDS in only 12 games are a phenomenal accomplishment.

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Often times a team's bullpen doesn't get the recognition that it deserves but if there's one thing that will always be true in the game of baseball is that where your bullpen goes, your team goes. And right now the Rockies bullpen is smokin'. So kudos to Street, Matt Lindstrom, Felipe Paulino, Rafael Betancourt, Matt Reynolds and the entire bullpen on a superb job so far.

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