I mean it really matters. That's what gives the Rockies such a huge advantage over all the other beat up squads come September.
Think about it. This team has released Brad Hawpe. They lost Ian Stewart to a ribcage injury. They lost Clint Barmes to major suckage. Aaron Cook takes one off the lower leg (which turned out to be awful news). Melvin Mora needs a nap. Todd Helton needs a couple innings off.
The Rockies just keep finding guys to plug in the holes.
Seth Smith in RF -- HR (highlight)
Johnny Herrera in for Mora who was in for Stewart -- Clutch 2-run single to start the Rockies scoring. (highlight)
Eric Young at 2B -- 2 hits, 2 RBI, good defense, pain in the opponent's ass. (highlight)
Esmil Rogers relieves Cook in the 6th -- Gives the team a couple innings. Had some traffic, but limited it to only one run. Now we'll have to see if it's Rogers or Jeff Francis who takes Cook's place in the rotation. I'm betting on the latter.
Chris Iannetta plays a little 1B -- With the Rockies up 9-1 in the 6th, I suggested tonight could be the night we finally see this happen. I honestly didn't think it would happen, but every now and then the blind squirrel finds the nut.
Other contributions came from Manny Delcarmen, Samuel Deduno, and Jay Payton even reached base. None of those guys were officially on the roster 10 days ago. We even saw Michael McKenry make his ML debut. Quality 7-pitch AB that ended in a popout.
Of course there were contributions from old faces as well. Namely a guy known as Tulo. Two bombs for him tonight (HR #1 & HR #2) And one can't overlook the five solid innings from Aaron Cook before the unfornature injury ended his night, and possibly his season.
I have so much respect for Aaron Cook and everything that he has overcome in his career. It just makes me sick that he comes back looking mentally recharged and physically refreshed, only to have another bout of bad luck. Real shame. Get well soon, Cookie.
Could the Rockies sweep yet another first place team?
Jason Hammel vs Travis Wood
I have to tell you, this Travis Wood can do some things. He held the Rockies to one run over six innings back in July. A game the Rockies won 1-0 behind Cook. Wood also hit his first ML HR in his last start. He's an all around player with a quality arm.
But I'm thinking Hammel gets this job done and seals the deal.