RealClearSports
Advertisement

The Coors Effect


June 13, 2010 10:21 PM

Bats wake up in 10-3 win over Jays

For such a potent offense, the Rockies don't seem to have a lot of offensive outbursts like they had today.  This afternoon's game was the first time since May 29 -- and only the sixth time all season -- that the Rockies have managed to score ten runs in a game.

The Rockies gave Blue Jays starter Jesse Litsch -- making his first appearance in the big leagues this season, and only his third since 2008 -- a rude welcome back to the big leagues, torching him for seven runs on nine hits before Litsch departed in the third inning.  That was more than enough to hold up behind Jeff Francis (who, you know, was making only his sixth start since the 2008 season), who wasn't great, but was good enough to hold the Jays to just three runs in seven innings.

The biggest contribution came from Ryan Spilborghs, who went yard twice -- both times off right-handed pitchers, by the way -- and also had a triple.  It was a simple way for Spilborghs to say, "Why the hell am I in a platoon?  Look what I can do against righties!"  But Spilborghs wasn't the only one; seven of the nine players in the starting lineup had a hit, with only Francis and Brad Hawpe failing to get at least one hit.  Carlos Gonzalez had two hits, including his tenth homer of the season, and three RBI, while Todd Helton -- rejuvenated since moving up to the number two spot in the order -- went 3-for-5.  Even struggling players like Chris Iannetta and Clint Barmes each had a pair of hits and two RBI.  Yeah, it was a great day for the Rockies offense.

And now, the Rockies have an off day before heading to Minnesota to take on the AL Central-leading Twins.  Let's hope this three-game sweep of the Jays is the start of a nice midseason run.  The NL West race is shaping up to be a good one: according to coolstandings.com, four teams in the West have a better than 10 percent chance of making the playoffs.

Rockies Top Three for June 13

1.  Ryan Spilborghs
: You hit two homers, you go to the front of the line.  Way to show that you can hit righties, Spilly.  Now, the bigger question (aside from why Spilborghs has started three games in a row; I haven't heard anything about Seth Smith being hurt) is whether or not Jim Tracy will start giving more starts to him over the next few weeks.  And when Dexter Fowler will be back with the team, of course.

2.  Carlos Gonzalez: I know, this is probably only temporary since Tulo missed the last two games with a groin injury, but the Rockies have got to figure out a way to keep Gonzalez in the middle of the order.  The Rockies offense seems to be much better with his run-producing ability in, well, a run-producing spot instead of going to waste in the leadoff spot.

3.  Todd Helton: Best of all is seeing Todd finally seem to be breaking out of his season-long slump.  Since moving to the second spot in the order, Todd is 7-for-16.

A Member Of