Sunday, April 25, 2010

Rock Solid Recap: Mr. Late Night Wins The Afternoon

Rockies 8, Marlins 4

Winning Player: Seth Smith

2-for-3, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

Not bad for a fill-in, eh?

How good is life when you can lose an All-Star like Brad Hawpe and not miss a beat offensively?  What a luxury. The Rockies will be relying heavily on Smith, and why not? He can handle it, and about 25 teams would be estatic to pencil him in on a regular basis.

Not only will the Rockies rely on Smith, they'll also rely on Ryan Spilborghs. Again... why not? He's as good as they come for a reserve outfielder. Also, the more ABs they each get now the better chace they'll be clicking offensively come the summer time.

It just works.

-- Jorge De La Rosa wasn't exactly rolling at any point today, but he was throwing 0's until a blister shortened his afternoon. I'm guessing this is going to cause an issue for his next start in San Francisco, which would be Saturday. We should have a good idea on the outlook when he's due for his bullpen session mid-week.

In the meantime, I'm putting Esmil Rogers on standby.

-- Are opponents going to keep throwing Miguel Olivo fastballs? I hope so!

-- Continued excellent work at the top of the order by Dexter Fowler. Three more times on base. Two more runs scored. Instant offense.

-- All in all a very good series for the Rockies. I knew the first game would be a struggle, and it was. But the bounce back to take the final two is huge heading into 12 straight division games and then three with Philadelphia. Excellent work.

-- The Snakes are the first of the NL West opponents. More on them tomorrow. Enjoy your last few hours of the weekend.