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What Is Going On With the Rockies?

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On Monday, the Colorado Rockies were coming off a three-game winning streak against the Washington Nationals, and sitting at a game above .500. And MLB.com declared that the Rockies’ best is yet to come, and things were starting to improve. Then, the team arrived in Chicago to take on the Cubs and reverted to the error-prone, offense-deficient team that fans have seen too often this season. On Tuesday night, the Rockies dropped their second straight game to Chicago, 6-2. The Denver Post documents an all-too-familiar scenario: shaky starting pitching, a “leaky” bullpen, and a lack of hitting from the Rockies. Starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin gave up five walks and three runs, and reliever Rafael Betancourt was tagged for three runs late in the game. Among the positives is the performance of Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, whose seventh-inning home run is his first in 130 at-bats stretching back to last season. Also, outfielder Carlos Gonzales has extended his hitting streak to 12 games. Rockies manager Jim Tracy keeps things concise when discussing the loss and the team’s shortcomings with The Denver Post. “If we aren’t going to hit, then we have to do everything else perfectly,” Tracy tells the Post. “Bottom line is that right now we aren’t doing enough to win.”

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