Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Rock Solid Recap: Francis, Colvin Continue Carrying Rockies

Rockies 3, Cardinals 2 (boxscore)

Winning Player #1: Jeff Francis — 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 77 pitches (49 strikes)

Francis continues to pitch like a veteran that has reached the mountain top, hit rock bottom, and is hungry to make that long, exhausting climb back to where the view is best. He's really providing a huge boost to Dan O'Dowd pitching gimmick. In fact, he's completely unfazed by it.. and dare I say, it might actually suit him perfectly.

It's just unfortunate the Rockies don't have a real rotation and there are no healthy, productive arms around him right now, because this Jeff Francis as a 4th or 5th starter gives you a huge advantage over most of the National League in those slots.

Winning Player #2: Tyler Colvin

Dan O'Dowd did win one trade this offseason. He won it big. Tyler Colvin has been a wonderful addition so far, and his three-run homer on Tuesday was just the latest large contribution he's made.

I was cautiously optimistic when the O'Dowd acquired him over the Winter Meetings. My conclusion being: He'll need to hit to matter. Well, he's hitting (his .810 slugging percentage was the highest in baseball since June 9 entering Tuesday's game), and I'm flat out ecstatic he's a part of the organization now and should remain a big part of it for the foreseeable future.

Turning Point/Highlight of the Night

What's Next: It's the 4th of July in St. Louis and one should expect plenty of fireworks at Busch Stadium. That's mainly because the Rockies will be rolling Jeremy Guthrie (3-7. 6.56) out on the mound. Then again, Adam Wainwright (6-8, 4.75) hasn't been all that effective coming off Tommy John surgery. This could be a fun one. First pitch is 5:15.

Final Thoughts: Please read David Martin's post after Monday's game that breaks down the Rockies continued mismanagement of their pitchers at pretty much every level. It's one of David's best pieces to date, and really gets to the core of what's wrong with the Rockies organization under its current leadership.

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