The Rockies can say that they're a .500 team after their nine game homestand. They went 5-4 against division rivals, and improved their record to 6-6 on the season.
Week 2 Notes:
Jamie Moyer, at the age of 49 years and 150 days, became the oldest pitcher in Major League Baseball history to record a win. He obtained the record by pitching seven strong innings on April 17 against the San Diego Padres. Hopefully he continues to break his own record throughout the season. Moyer is now 1-2 on the season with an ERA of 2.55 and a WHIP of 1.30. He is scheduled to start the first game in Pittsburgh on Monday, April 23.
Juan Nicasio recorded his first win since breaking his neck last season with a decent start against the San Diego Padres on April 18. He pitched 6 1/3 innings while giving up four runs on seven hits and no walks. He struck out five, but also allowed two home runs to Chase Headley. It wasn't a great start for Nicasio, but he did a good job of giving the Rockies a chance to win with their bats. He looks to continue to improve on Tuesday, April 24 when he starts the second game in Pittsburgh.
Troy Tulowitzki has committed six errors this season, which ties the total number of errors he committed all of last season. Tulowitzki admits that it's mental, and hopefully the off-day that he received on Wednesday night allowed him to regroup and relax. His fielding percentage is currently .905 and he's on pace to commit 88 errors on the season. This is the first time the Rockies have ever had to worry about Tulo's defense, so hopefully it's a fluke and not something that will continue to cripple Tulowitzki and the Rockies.
Todd Helton had back-to-back nights with game winning hits against the Arizona Diamondbacks. On April 13, Helton hit a two out double down the left field line to drive in a run and give the Rockies the go-ahead lead in the bottom of the eight inning. The Rockies won 8-7. On April 14, Helton delivered in the bottom of the ninth inning with a towering walk-off home run. Of course, he got the off day on April 15, and the Rockies lost 5-2.
Michael Cuddyer continues to lead the team in pretty much all of the offensive categories, and it's safe to assume that he feels comfortable hitting at Coors Field. He currently has a .370/.396/.696 line with 2 home runs, 8 RBIs, 8 runs scored, and 17 hits. He's currently day-to-day with a bruised toe.
Chris Nelson enjoyed the Rockies' first homestand of the season, going 11 for 25 with 3 doubles and 4 RBIs, which propelled his average up to .306 on the season. His stellar defense at third base coupled with his surprisingly strong showing at the plate is a sigh of relief after the third base controversy leading into the season.
The bench players, specifically Jonathan Hererra, Tyler Colvin, and Eric Young Jr., continue to produce and have been crucial to the Rockies' 6-6 record. Combined, they're hitting .409 with 2 home runs, 9 RBIs, 7 runs scored, and 18 hits in 44 at-bats.
Week Two Thumbs Up: Jamie Moyer
Week Two Thumbs Down: Troy Tulowitzki
Shout Outs: Ramon Hernandez and Esmil Rogers
The Rockies embark on a six game road trip to visit the Milwaukee Brewers and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Both teams are coming off series wins against NL West teams. The Brewers took two of three from the LA Dodgers, and the Pirates took two of three from the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Rockies will be reunited in Pittsburgh with their former manager, Clint Hurdle, and former infielder Clint Barmes. This is also a homecoming for Jim Tracy, who spent two seasons in Pittsburgh as their manager.