The Merry Month o’ June

“I wonder what it’d be like to live in a world where it was always June.” L.M. Montgomery

Right now, that’s the question that’s been stuck in my brain. It’s been a wonderful month of June for the Rockies, and a warm welcome after the tragedy that was May.

Welcome Mat.jpgThe Rockies managed to really turn it around this month winning 20 of their last 26 games, a total 180 from May where they won 12 of 29.

Ryan Spilborghs46.jpgJason Hammel.jpgAaron Cook.jpgDuring that month it was tough to think, “it’s still early, they can turn it around.” It was a hopeful belief, but the way things were going, it was hard to find the confidence to believe such a thing. Well, the Rockies seemed to have no trouble proving the thought right and the doubt wrong. It’s beenJorge de la Rosa.JPG beautiful, three of the top four NL win leaders from the month of June are coming from the Rockies: Aaron Cook, the winningest Rockie; Jason Hammel, who posted a 1.99 ERA during June; and Jorge de la Rosa, who didn’t have a win until the month of June rolled around.

The only series of interleague play that didn’t really look spectacular was against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Rockies swept the Mariners, took the Tampa Bay series, lost the series to the Angels, and most recently swept Oakland.
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Matt Holliday.jpgThe Oakland sweep was bittersweet, while it was good to see Matt Holliday again, it was sad to see him sporting the green and yellow jersey. As much as I wanted to see him succeed at the plate, I wanted to see him fail. I wanted to see him hit that longball, but I wanted to see Carlos Gonzalez chase it down. I enjoyed Huston Street pitching (although I wanted him to have an off day before he headed to LA) but I wanted to see a match up between the slugger we lost and the essential closer we gained. While I missed Matt Holliday, the guys we got have proved themselves indispensable, well, at least the ones I’ve seen. I don’t know how Greg Smith is doing.

While in Oakland, Gonzalez had seven at bats, four hits, and two walks. While he is having so much success, it seems that Dexter Fowler has begun to struggle with a bat. Of Fowler’s nine at bats, he has five strikeouts and one run.
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Ryan Spilborghs47.jpgToday when Jim Tracy changed up the lineup, I wasn’t too happy. After the success that Ryan Spilborghs had the first game and Garrett Atkins the first two, I was a bit surprised not to see their names. But, who was I to question the skipper? Jim Tracy is 21-7 since he took over the Rockies and that 21st win came tonight. Well, it’s not like I haven’t said it before, but I’m still pulling for Atkins and Spilborghs.

As we approach this series against the Dodgers, hopefully the month of June will continue to stay kind to the Rockies who are now 7.5 games behind the Dodgers.

8 Comments

June has been great for the Rockies! I hope that July is just as successful!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com

Must be infuriating to see your team play so well all month and still be 7.5 out. Dodgers don’t look to be slowing down so one must hope that the Rox really go on a tear now.
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

The Rockies have been absolutely STELLAR. They are going to be a legit contender in the fall when the playoffs come around.
-Dillon
http://dillonm.mlblogs.com

Julia- I’m hoping that July is just as successful as well!! I’ll be there on the 4th and 5th!!
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Jeff- It’s a little frustrating, but when I think about where they were and where they are now, I’m pretty stoked. Hopefully the Rockies can bring a threat to the Dodgers.
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Dillon- If this keeps up, there’s no doubt in my mind that they’ll be a contender for the playoffs.

Well, the Rockies would certainly have an amazing record if every month were like June. The Phillies, on the other hand, will probably be happy to see this month end!
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

Sue, I have a friend who is always giving me crap about the Phillies, and recently I’ve been able to give him crap right back. I definitely know it’s been a rough time for the Phillies.

If only the damn Dodgers could lose a fricking game. Maybe to us.
I know exactly how you feel about watching Holly. Mostly I just wanted to kick Scott Boras in the bad place.
I love your “STOP… Hammel time” picture. I want to make a poster of that for Wednesday but I don’t think Dodger Stadium allows posters… or if they did I’d get beat up for supporting my Rox.
Kylie — http://kylie.mlblogs.com

Kylie- I really do blame Scott Boras more than I do Matt Holliday, but at the same time, Holliday kind of said that he was glad to be with a different club. I mean, not really in those direct words, but kind of like that.
When I took pictures of Jason Hammel at the Rockies game I went to, my friend commented on them and was like, “It’s Hammel Time!” And then I found that picture. I don’t know which came first, but it’s one of my favorite pictures.

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