14-7 1st Place NL West by 3 games
Record for the Week
It was a rough week to be a Rockies fan losing 2 of 3 to both the Giants and Marlins and nearly being no hit twice. The first by Tim Lincecum and the second much closer by Anibal Sanchez, who appears to get close to a no hitter once a year much like Punxsutawney Phil. It's okay though, every team has a down week and the Rox still have the second best record in the majors. What is the old saying? Every team wins a third of their games and loses a third of their games. The difference between a good team and a bad team is that final third.
Most Valuable Rockies Batter of the Week
This was a tough category to fill because with the exception of the win vs. the Giants, the Rox offense took the week off. Fowler tied for the team lead with six hits, including the only hit off Sanchez. The Rockies have been no hit twice in their history, once by Hideo Nomo of some SoCal team and once by Al Leiter of the Marlins. Dexter kept the Marlins from getting their second and in my book that makes him very valuable.
Least Valuable Rockies Batter of the Week
CarGo had a bad week going 1-20 with 1 BB, including 0-17 in the last 5 games. He did have a sacrifice fly in the final game at Florida, but hopefully he can get back on track this week. He has suffered from the flu in the beginning of April and should get back to regular form shortly.
Most Valuable Rockies Pitcher of the Week
I could have chosen either of the two winning starting pitchers this week, Jorge de la Rosa and Jason Hammel, and still had a good choice. Instead, I am choosing Mortensen who pitched in two games this week. He pitched two perfect innings in relief of Ubaldo on Sunday, but it was his performance in relief of Esmil Rogers last Monday that made him stand out to me. He pitched six relief innings of two hit shutout ball against the Giants. Unfortunately, Rogers had given up 8 runs before he departed and the Rox lost 8-1. Either way, it was nice to be able to see a good week by a Rockies reliever.
Least Valuable Rockies Pitcher of the Week
Speaking of Rogers, he is the recipient of the LVP this week. I didn't have high hopes for his getting a victory since he was matched up with Lincecum, but I expected more than 8 runs in 3 innings. Also having a bad week was Ubaldo Jimenez who started twice after his DL stint, but I didn't pick him because he only gave up one hit in five innings to Florida, granted it was a 3 run triple after he walked the bases loaded, but it was still just one hit.
Next on the Horizon
3 games @ the Cubs and 3 games vs. the Pirates
This will finish off the season series with both clubs. That seems odd to say in April, but it is a fact of life in modern baseball. I am thrilled to get the opportunity to watch one game on WGN on Tuesday, but it will be the last Rockies game I will be able to watch until the end of May at the earliest. I really wish I could get MLB Network on my cable, but that's life in a small town. You get what they give you and don't have many other options. Enough whining, I am predicting a 5-1 week with the loss probably coming in the game I will be watching hehe.