This weekend’s rollercoaster series between the Colorado Rockies and the Atlanta Braves showed signs that the lofty predictions bestowed on this year’s team during spring training may have been overblown. Colorado opened up on Friday with a 9-5 loss to the Braves, but on Saturday, Rockies pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez set a record by throwing the first no-hitter in team history (recap via The Denver Post).
The Braves went into Sunday’s game with a chance to win their first road series since 2005. The Rockies played mostly solid baseball, taking a 3-2 lead into the ninth inning, but then the wheels came off (game recap via MLB.com). The Denver Post points out that Franklin Morales was visibly angry after umpires blew a call on what would have been a game-ending double play.
Despite all that, Purple Row finds some bright spots in the Rockies so far, such as Jimenez, the stellar play of Carlos Gonzalez, and the increased contact of third baseman Ian Stewart. Indeed, Jimenez’ feat has biased Rockies fans hoping the young pitching stud will earn a Cy Young award sometime during his career. Still, other things–like batting poorly with runners in scoring position—aren’t going well at all.
The three-game series against the generally bad Washington Nationals starts today and should be a good way for the Rox to get back on track.