Rockies need
refill at Coors

Jun 6, 2006 3:43 AM

There are a probably a dozen available reasons why fortunes have turned sour for the Rockies — matching their worst stretch of games this season.

Colorado has had separate five-game losing streaks during a horrible 2-10 span that entered a midweek home series with Pittsburgh that began Monday at Coors Field. This decline dropped the Rocks from a first place tie with Arizona to the cellar, seven games behind the sizzling D’backs in the NL West.

Colorado hasn’t been the same since sweeping three from Toronto in interleague play. From that point, the Rockies have gone from a 25-19 ballclub to 27-29 and losers of four straight series.

If you think Pittsburgh is a remedy, guess again. The Pirates are 5-2 in their last seven outings, which coincided with the return of 1B Sean Casey from a two-month stretch on the disabled list.

Cutting to the chase, what’s basically wrong with the Rocks is offense. The gambling stats paint a painful picture, unless the wiseguys figured on a return to earth and cashed with the offensive fallout both home and away.

Matt Holliday (.330, 12 HR, 39 RBI) has been the most consistent of the Rockies hitters, but the team has basically slumped together. What makes the plunge all the more painful is that three of the dropped series were within the division — LA Dodgers, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants. Of course, Arizona going 10-3 against the NL East and Central, including a four-game sweep at Atlanta poured salt in an ever widening wound.

Back to the offense, or lack thereof. In a five-game stretch that began the 12-game nightmare, Colorado scored an anemic three runs. Only in Sunday’s 4-3 loss to Florida have the Rocks managed to notch more than two runs in their losses. They scored 6 and 5 in consecutive wins at San Diego. That’s it.

The Rockies were 2-7 on their last road trip, dropping the overall mark away from Coors Field to 14-16. Even the most optimistic Rockies fan would concede that winning on the road was a must in order for Colorado to entertain any thought of winning what figured to be a weak division.

It remains to be seen if Arizona at 34-22 can continue to be the NL’s biggest surprise. Two weeks ago, we thought it was the Rockies.