With Three Wins-Someone To Believe In

Day 118

 

First and foremost I want to send a shot out to get well to Rockies RF Brad Hawpe, who took a ball to the neck in last nights game. It was a freak play where no ill will was intended and a ball from Padre catcher Nick Hundley thrown to second base hit him. He’s expected to fully recover and even play tonight, but I’ve taken a ball to the head and I know how it hurts! Onto regular scheduled programming..

 

It happened in 2007.

Aaron Cook was supposed to be the rock of the Rockies pitching staff. Coming off a good 2006, everyone thought it would naturally carry over to 2007. Not so much. Jeff Francis would step up and be that guy in ’07.

In 2008, after coming close to winning 20 games and tying the season record for wins with the Rockies in ’07, Jeff Francis faltered from injury. He was supposed to be the rock, but came up short. Aaron Cook would step up and everytime he took the mound, no matter how bad the losing streak, the Rockies felt like they had a chance to win in ’08.

So naturally, 2009 people would think Cook is going to be the rock. Mediocre outings and some bad outings have left that door wide open. Too early in the season to say he won’t, but I’m not thinking the guy is going to get to the 20 win mark. Jeff Francis is out for likely the whole season and in steps this guy…the lone wolf

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                  Jason Marquis by Tom Walsh

With three wins already in the season, Jason Marquis has been a bright spot in an often shady pitching staff for the Rockies.

He’s scrappy, he’s tough and he’s a baseball player. I even like to say he’s a batter who happens to pitch. He’s batting .500 in his eight at bats. He’s helped his cause when he could, driving in 3 RBIs. The guy just plain does it all.

Last night, in a route of the San Diego Padres, Marquis was called on to pitch run after the injury to Brad Hawpe at second base.

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                  Jason Marquis by Tom Walsh

How can you not love a guy who’s willing to do it all? He’s quickly becoming one of my favorite Rockies players if not for anything but his love of the game. A competitor in every aspect, it doesn’t hurt he and I are from the same area in NY either!

In the same route of San Diego last night, another bright spot and newbie to the bigs, Dexter Fowler tied the team record for steals in a game with five. He also set the record for steals by a rookie. Way to go Dex.

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                  Dexter Fowler by Tom Walsh

8 comments

  1. taleoftwoleagues

    I saw that when i was browsing around MLB.com yesterday. That’s a great sign. I actually live in Boulder, I’m gonna be attending a Rockies game next week with the little league team I coach. I think we’re doing a pre-game parade on the field as well.

    Do you worry about Tulo at all? His current numbers are very very bad.

    -Mike

    A Tale of Two Leagues

  2. raysrenegade

    Great win last night.
    I know Jason Hammel did not have his best stuff on the mound, but in the third and fourth innings you put it to the Padres with 4-runs in each frame.
    Awesome to know your team might also be getting used to this winning thing and might be on a good roll.
    Dexter Fowler is going to be a force in Colorado for a long, long time. Glad to see the kid is getting his reps and showing he can be aggressive on the base paths.

    Rays Renegade

    http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

  3. Kaybee

    That was pretty funny when Marquis went out to run. I was freaking out because there was a runner on second, and I kind of missed when they said that he was going to pinch-run, so I thought for a minute that he was going to be hitting! That would have been weird. But what a great game for the Padres last night! I loved it. Hopefully, we will be able to take the series today. GO PADRES!!! (great pictures BTW)
    http://kaybee.mlblogs.com

  4. rockymountainway

    Julia- It was pretty scary but all is well. Just a contusion and some soreness but nothing permanent.
    Melissa- The guy is an all-around athlete and fun to watch. I think it would be sad if he was in the A.L. and not able to show his talent with the bat.
    Mike- Not too worried about Tulo. He’s a pro and I think he learned from last year and pressing too much at the plate.
    King- He’s a five tool player and with time I see all of his attributes coming together.
    Sue- Opposing pitchers better have a good pick off mood!
    Rays- Nobody expected him to be in the bigs this year, but he is making the most of it and it’s good to see.
    Kaybee- Thanks on the photos. I try! Looks like the Rocks are putting away the series this time around. Maybe next time eh?!
    -Tom

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