Saturday, April 30, 2011

Rock Solid Recrap: Bats Cold. Fans Cold. It's Too Cold.

It's always frustrating to drop winnable games against inferior competition. Even more frustrating when the reason is an ice cold offense, and when the fans in attendance are sitting in uncomfortably cold and snowy conditions.

Friday was one of those nights for the Rockies and their fans.

Cold. And frustrating.

Pirates 3, Rockies 0 (boxscore)

It was cold for the Pirates too, and cold for pitcher Kevin Correia. But he handled the cold just fine, throwing strikes and keeping Colorado off balance with his usual assortment of not very special pitches.

Correia located. He located well. But he doesn't throw overly hard. That should play into the Rockies hands, especially in the cold, where power pitchers are death, and especially at home. But for whatever reason, they couldn't catch on to his patterns or catch up to his low 90s fastball.

It wasn't until the 7th inning when Todd Helton lined out to the wall and Seth Smith singled that they had two good swings in an inning. Of course that was after he hit 100 pitches.

It's weird to see the offense struggling collectively as it is now. I mean sure, we've seen this offense struggle many times before. But with Carlos Gonzalez mired in his funk. With Troy Tulowitzki failing to gain traction. And now with Fowler and Herrera cooling off at the top, the offense has nowhere to turn for a spark.

I don't expect it to stay this way for long though. Someone will break through. And then one or two more will follow. It's just tough to see that light at the end of the tunnel after the past 7-10 days of bleh.

But just imagine how panicked we'd be if the record was 8-16, not 16-8. Wouldn't this blog be fun then?


-- Jhoulys Chacin pitched plenty good. He gave up a pair of solo homers and then a third run in the 7th. Most nights that's going to leave him in line for a victory.

-- The Hell?

I don't know. It was just a weird, cold and bad night at Coors Field. Sounds like tonight could be even colder. Hopefully it doesn't get any weirder or uglier on the field.