Well that should be pretty much empty out the 2011 hopewagon for good. I know some fans were ready to (or already had started to) buy this team's playoff chances after the strong homestand, but reality has settled in once again with the Rockies back on the west coast.
Dodgers 7, Rockies 6 in 11 (boxscore)
Even the best Rockies teams struggle on this west coast swings. There should be little question how a not good Rockies team will do.
That's the bad news. Here's some good news that's also depressing news. When the Rockies two legitamite superstars are rolling, this offense is just one consistently productive and impactful bat away from being unstoppable.
Todd Helton has been good, but he doesn't fit that description anymore. That guy should have been Ian Stewart, or could have been Chris Iannetta,but they fell short. Could have been Michael Young, but that was never very realistic.
It's just so frustrating to watch (in today's case listen to) Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez playing out of their minds at the same time, and not getting any sort of help.
Of course a better afternoon from the bullpen would have rendered that point moot for today. Unfortunately, Matt Belisle wasn't at his best, and wouldn't you know Rafael Betancourt allowed his first run since July 6... and gets the blown save on the same day Huston Street returned to the mound.
I'm guessing that flip happens tomorrow since Jim Tracy prefers Street in that role, and we can't point to Betancourt's scoreless streak as an argument to keep him in the role anymore. I'm honestly fine with either, but Jim Tracy's logic on the situation will likely make no sense whatever he ultimately does.
I wish people didn't hate Jason Hammel as much as they seem to. That's all I'll say about that.
No TV of today's game here in Illinois, so this Recrap was more a quick rant than breaking down any specific thing that took place. I have to be honest, with some of my responsibles at over at Big League Stew expanding down the stretch, you may not get many thorough "Rock Solid" recaps. I'll try to keep them at least at lackluster to average. Which is perfectly fitting for this team.