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Don’t fret, Colorado, the Rockies still have hope

Casper's Corner
Jeff Caspersen
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Take a deep breath, Rockies fans.

We’re fewer than 30 games into this 2008 season, and I’m seeing all sorts of worry about the team’s lackluster start.

There are more than 130 games left on the slate, people. Don’t give up.



How can you jump ship on the darlings of Rock-tober? Like their AL brothers in underachievement ” the Tigers ” this is a team that’s crafted to win, one that won’t be dwelling the cellar for long.

I know it’s in a fan’s nature to overreact. After all, until last year, Rockies fans didn’t have the richest of histories in which to revel.



But, I’m telling you, things will get better. Colorado is hitting just .251 as a team so far in 2008. That ranks 10th in the National League. With all their sluggers, the Rox rank 10th in home runs (20) as well. Worse yet, Colorado’s 109 runs rank above only the Giants, Padres and Nationals.

Yikes.

But do you really think the Rockies, historically known for their offensive potency, will remain so inept offensively?

I don’t.

Do you really think Troy Tulowitzki will continue to hit at a .156 clip, or that Brad Hawpe will stay at .247?

I can’t imagine either of those things happening.

Once the offense turns the corner, those devastating 3-2 losses will morph into 5-3 wins and all will be right in the Rocky Mountains. Of this I’m convinced.

Upgrading its pitching from terrible ” the Rockies’ team ERA of 4.67 ranks 15th in the NL; only Aaron Cook (3-1, 2.91) looks halfway decent ” to serviceable would also help the Rox out quite a bit.

It also helps that fans will no longer have to endure Manny Corpas’ adventures in closing. I’d rather accompany Hillary Clinton on a trip to Bosnia than that.

It will get better, Colorado. You can’t count out a team that went on one of the most impressive late-season runs in baseball history last fall, winning 20 of 21 games to make the World Series.

It will turn around.

Then again, I’m a bit of an optimist. I’m still convinced that, if just a few things fall their way, my San Francisco Giants still have a shot at the wild card.

On second thought, you might be better off discounting everything you just read.

Contact Jeff Caspersen: 384-9123

jcaspersen@postindependent.com


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