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Rockies’ stars need more days like this

(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

BY LESLIE MONTEIRO

Relief was the operative word after the Rockies finished their 10-game homestand yesterday afternoon.

The Rockies were relieved they salvaged a .500 homestand by going 5-5 in their 6-5 victory over the Brewers at Coors Field.

The hitters are relieved they played  a role in this victory for once after failing to get the key hits during this homestand.

It has been frustrating for the Rockies’ hitters. They received criticism for their poor performance, and they take it to heart knowing that they are trying with no results to show for it. It got to the point where it took a toll on them whether they want to admit it or not.

It’s natural for hitters to feel that way. They don’t want to waste great performances from their starters by being inept at the plate. That gets them to try too hard, and that becomes frustrating when it does not work out.

Hitting a baseball is easier said than done. There are so many good pitchers in the National League that the Rockies are facing, and it hasn’t worked out for the Rockies’ hitters.

Dexter Fowler, Michael Cuddyer, Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki haven’t played well, and that’s why the Rockies are having hard time winning games.

Fowler and Tulowitzki are still trying to get back in the groove after being on the disabled list.

Gonzalez has been nursing a sprained finger for awhile, and it has affected his performance at the plate. He did not play this weekend, and chances are good he will be on the disabled list since his finger continues to affect the way he is swinging the bat.

Cuddyer has grounded into double plays or flied out since the post-All-Star break.

When the stars don’t play like stars, it’s going to be hard to score runs.Yesterday was a different story. Everything clicked for Tulowitzki, Cuddyer and Fowler.

Tulowitzki hit a home run in the first inning, and he scored the tying run on Cuddyer’s double in the eighth inning.

Cuddyer tied the game couple of times in the game. He tied the game at 3 by hitting a home run in the sixth inning, and he tied the game at 5 in the eighth inning.

For good measure, Cuddyer scored the game-winning run in the eighth inning when Nolan Arenado hit a RBI single.

Fowler hit his 12th home run in giving the Rockies a 4-3 lead in the seventh inning.

To say all those four guys needed this performance is an understatement. It’s been so long since they created good moments for the Rockies like yesterday.

Tulowitzki hasn’t given the Rockies the spark that they thought he would give once he came back on the disabled list. He takes good at-bats, and he gets on base. That said, he is being paid to drive in runs and hit home runs. That hasn’t happened frequently.

It’s not surprising he hasn’t. It takes time for baseball players to get back to where they are after being on the disabled list. Keep in mind he might still be playing in pain. It takes an offseason to have an injury completely healed. For him to gut it out there while he is hurting, that should be commended.

Same can be said for Fowler, who is 6-for-35 at the plate.

Cuddyer does not have the disabled list excuse to explain his struggles. His problem is that he is such a streaky hitter. He can be great for a month as he demonstrated with his 27-game hitting streak, and he can go through a drought that last for a long time as he is doing now.

He knows he has to drive in runs, not ground into double play. One of the things he needs to do is grind out good at-bats for him to do that as he did yesterday. He hasn’t done that outside of yesterday.

The Rockies’ stars feel they are on the verge of breaking out. They can only hope yesterday will set the tone for good things. It has to happen for them with the Rockies starting a 10-game road trip tonight. If the Rockies want to win five or more games on this trip, the onus is on them to produce.

Yesterday’s offensive performance provides respite for the stars, but they know they have to sustain this.

That’s why it was more of a relief than a celebration in the locker room. They know one good game can only go so far.

It’s about doing it again.

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Hard to take Rockies seriously as playoff team

Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

BY LESLIE MONTEIRO

It’s a good thing the Broncos started training camp.

This gives Rocky Mountain sports fans something to watch now that the Rockies are playing their way out of playoff contention as always.

It’s hard to take the Rockies seriously when they lost three of four to a bad Marlins team at home.

This was a homestand that was supposed to help the Rockies stay afloat and give them momentum heading to August. Instead, the Rockies are 49-54, and they are five games out in the NL West heading to tonight’s game against the Brewers. They gained one game and lost two games in the standings.

Sure, the Rockies are five games out, but the bottom line is they have to be at .500 and be within striking distance at the end of the homestand.  It’s not happening. It wouldn’t be surprising if the Rockies lose two of three or get swept by a bad Brewers team this weekend to finish the homestand.

The Rockies needed to do well in this homestand. It won’t be easy when they play the next 20 games on the road. Considering how they are 20-29 on the road this season, it’s hard to think they are going to do much on long road trips coming up this month.

The problem with the Rockies is they can’t hit. That’s the frustrating part considering they have received better starting pitching.

The Rockies haven’t created a big inning in the last few months. All they do is ground into double plays or strike out. Their at-bats leave a lot to be desired. It’s hard to score runs or win games this way.

It starts with the stars on the team. Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez are not producing.

Tulowitzki has not been the player he was before he was on the disabled list. He is still finding his way at the plate after missing time. That should be expected.

Gonzalez has not been hitting home runs frequently since his finger has been hurting for weeks. He is currently 3-for-20 in this homestand.

It isn’t only just those two. It’s guys like Dexter Fowler, Michael Cuddyer and Wilin Rosario that are not doing their part.

Fowler hasn’t gotten on base.

Cuddyer has grounded into a lot of double plays since the post-All-Star break.

Either Rosario strikes out or ground out.

It’s hard to win games when guys are not doing well.

How bad is this lineup? They have failed to score more than three runs for the 14th in the past 20 games. It’s hard to believe the lineup will get better anytime soon. Hitting is mental, and the struggles may have gotten the best out of the hitters to point of no return.

This isn’t the first time the guys slumped as a team. It’s been going on all season.

The hitters are also gaining a reputation where they are only good when it doesn’t matter. That means maybe their hitters are not good enough.

If these guys can’t hit against inferior teams, how they are going to get better against better teams that the Rockies are facing in the next weeks? It’s no wonder why Rockies fans are giving up on them now.

It’s fair to wonder if the Rockies can ever win anything with these guys in a year they should win a winnable division. The talent is there, but it means nothing. Guys have to get it done, and the Rockies aren’t right now.

It’s up to them to surprise the fans now. It’s up to them to get the fans to believe.

With 59 games to go, the hitters have to show they have the reputation to step up in situational hitting.

With 59 games to go, they need to show they can snap out of it.

That remains to be seen. It’s hard to be confident when they haven’t showed they can get it done. Their track record isn’t the greatest.

If the hitters can’t feast on inferior teams, what makes anyone think they can do well against divisional teams later this year?

It’s a shame the Rockies are wasting good pitching from their starters this year. Their problems have always been starting pitching, so it would behoove the hitters for not getting it done.

It’s hard to believe they are a playoff team when they can’t beat bad teams.

It’s hard to believe they are a playoff team when they are 36-50 after starting the season with a 13-4 record.

The best the Rockies can do is now is finish at .500, but even that goal could be a reach with the way they have played for the last two months.

It’s another year of the team being irrelevant.

It’s another year of no September baseball.

In other words, it’s business as usual with the Rockies.

No wonder everyone is now focusing on the Broncos.

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Rockies must improve their hitting approach

BY LESLIE MONTEIRO

(Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

(Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

It was fitting Michael Cuddyer ended the game by hitting into a double play on one pitch last night.

That summed up the struggles by the Rockies at the plate, and that’s why they took a 3-1 loss to the Cubs last night at Coors Field.

The Rockies struggled to generate anything against a struggling starter in Jeff Samardzija, who gave up 19 runs in his last two starts prior to last night.

By only mustering five hits, they made Samardzija look like Mark Prior. That is pathetic.

This has been the norm all year. The Rockies have made inferior starters such as Chris Capuano, Ross Ohlendorf, Ryan Dempster, Bud Norris, Eric Stults and Wade Miley look better than they really are.

With Carlos Villanueva starting tonight for the Cubs, he should feel good about his chances of shutting down the Rockies.

At some point, enough is enough. This is getting old.

The Rockies have to start taking better at-bats. They haven’t, and that’s why their offense has struggled at times during the course of the season.

it seems these guys give in to the pitcher rather than create a big inning or foul off pitches. That defined what last night’s game was about.

It would be nice if guys like Wilin Rosario, Nolan Arenado and  Cuddyer would grind out at-bats rather than swing at the first pitch and ground out. That was the case last night.

Rosario and Arenado can use youth as an excuse to swing at a first pitch. They are learning the game.

Cuddyer has no excuse. He has been in the majors for a long time to know how to grind out at-bats. He has to be setting an example.

Even Carlos Gonzalez is not immune from criticism. He tends to be swinging for the fences rather than settling for a walk or grinding out for a base hit.

That’s what makes last night’s loss frustrating.

It’s not about them not scoring much runs. It’s about their approach.

It’s easy to live with the losses if the Rockies were patient at the plate, but that’s not the case.

Blaming Rockies hitting coach Dante Bichette does not make sense here. It’s about execution, and the players are not getting it done.

Bichette has been preaching his hitters to take better at-bats. It’s up to them to apply whatever they learned from him when the games start.

The problem is these guys are not listening.

Watching Rosario and Arenado have been tough to watch for a month now after not watching them hit or drive in runs.

They have become rally-killers by grounding out or striking out. They tend to be out after one or two pitches, which was the case in last night’s game.

It’s one thing for both of them to struggle, but it’s another thing where they are not taking good at-bats.

Rosario and Arenado were taught about plate discipline in the minors. It’s why they were called up. It’s frustrating how they have regressed in terms of not giving out good at-bats.

It may get to the point where Rockies manager Walt Weiss  have to bench the both of them.

It sounds drastic, but both of them have to be held accountable if they are not taking good at-bats when they are batting. They can’t be out there if they are not doing the things that get them on base.

There comes a time where youth can’t be used as an excuse anymore for Rosario and Arenado.

It’s been going on for a good two months, and patience can only go so far.

The Rockies offense has to get better. There’s no question about it. Their on-base percentage is .283, which is not a good reflection about their approach at the plate. They are ranked last in the National League in runs scored.

It’s no wonder why they need to get a hitter during the trade deadline.

This is not going to cut it. For the Rockies to be a factor in the NL West, they have to perform well offensively. They need to generate big innings, and they have to beat up on pitchers they should be beating.

There are too many good hitters on that team to struggle.

It’s on them to make adjustments.

The least they can do is grind out better at-bats. If they can do that, maybe they can get something going offensively.

It can’t just be Dexter Fowler and Troy Tulowitzki taking good at-bats only. It has to be everyone in the lineup.

Improvements have to be made offensively if the Rockies are going to win games.

It has to be made soon. With three inferior teams such as the Cubs, Marlins and Brewers in this homestand, the Rockies have to improve offensively as quickly as possible.

If not, this could be the death march of the 2013 season for the Rockies.

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Winnable division is doable for Rockies

BY LESLIE MONTEIRO

It does not look good at first glance.

The Rockies finished the pre-All-Star break with a 46-50 record.

Despite being 4 1/2 games out, it would be hard to take any team with a losing record seriously as a playoff team.

That’s what logic tells us anyway.

With that said, the NL West is a mediocre division at best. Not one team stands out. That’s why the Rockies are contenders in spite of themselves.

It’s on the Rockies to take advantage of the opportunity to win in a division that is weak. They don’t get opportunities like that often. It’s hard to think this is going to be the case every year. The Giants, Dodgers and Diamondbacks are not going to be mediocre year in and year out.

Shame on the Rockies if they don’t win the division. This season would be a failure if they don’t win it.

The talent is there to win the division.

The Rockies have three good starters that produce quality starts in Jorge De La Rosa, Tyler Chatwood and Jhoulys Chacin. That’s a good foundation to win the division.

They are not in the class of Clayton Kershaw, Matt Harvey and Adam Wainwright, but they are efficient. Efficient can do this season in winning the NL West.

De La Rosa is 9-5 with a 3.21 ERA.  He could have won 12 games if he had run support this season, and if he had 12 wins, he would have been an All-Star.

De La Rosa has been consistent all season when it comes to throwing strikes and putting on a good performance. He makes pitching at Coors Field easy by getting out of jams and getting ahead of the count. He finds a way to get outs when he is in a jam.  He uses all of his pitches to get outs such as fastball, slider and curveball. He knows what he is doing out there.

Chatwood has been a revelation since he was called up in May. He pitched well in eight of his last 10 starts, and that should be enough of a sample size to say he is a legitimate starter.

He averages six innings a start, and his command has been a difference in him being a good starter. He worked on developing his slider to help him throw strikes, and it paid off for him this season in getting guys outs in the majors. He knows how to mix in a slider with a curveball to get hitters out. The 23-year-old starter has finally found the confidence and stuff that turned him into a better pitcher.

After a rough start, Chacin turned his season around by pitching well in his last seven starts. He figured it out after a June 11 start against the Nationals where he threw strikes to get the Nationals out after he gave up a 2-0 lead. Since then, he found a way to throw strikes and not create a big inning. He is working faster, and he knows how to protect leads.

If Juan Nicasio or Drew Pomeranz can get it going, the Rockies are going to be in great shape where they can trot out four good starters every fifth day.

Good starting pitching sets the tone in winning games, and the Rockies have that.

They also have a great bullpen where they can protect leads after the sixth inning. The Rockies expect their starters to go six innings, and after that, they give the ball to Matt Belisle, Rex Brothers and Rafael Betancourt.

Belisle, Brothers and Betancourt have been reliable in protecting leads. They throw strikes, and they throw zeroes when they are on the mound. It’s a good feeling for Rockies manager Walt Weiss to have.

Pitching may have been the Rockies’ bugaboo for a long time, but this is not one of those years. This is actually their strength.

The hitting has been up and down for the Rockies, but the talent is there to win games.

As long as Troy Tulowitzki is healthy, the lineup should be good.  Michael Cuddyer and Carlos Gonzalez will benefit with the Rockies shortstop being in the lineup as they will see more pitches to hit. That wasn’t the case when the Rockies All-Star was on the disabled list.

Nolan Arenado and Wilin Rosario have to play better than they have showed. They have done okay, but okay should not be good enough for those two that are capable of being great hitters.

The Rockies are in the top 10 in runs scored as they are ranked 10th in runs scored by scoring 426 runs. Still, they can do better. They have to stop making inferior starters look better than they are as they demonstrated against Chris Capuano last week.

The lineup is good enough to perform. The output can be better. The Rockies are banking Tulowitzki’s return will be the difference.

Not only do the Rockies have talent, but their competitors are not good.

The Diamondbacks leave a lot to be desired with their pitching. Their starters have not pitched well, and their bullpen leads the majors with 19 blown saves.

The Giants have struggled to score runs, and their pitching has been inconsistent.

The Dodgers have played well, but their pitching is a question mark outside of Kershaw.

The Padres are not good enough to win the division. Their pitching is a question mark, and their hitting is nothing to write home about.

When comparing the Rockies to other teams in the division, it would be a shame if they fail to make the playoffs.

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Getting Tulowitzki back should give Rockies much-needed boost

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

BY LESLIE MONTEIRO

Much has been made nationally about Derek Jeter’s return to the Yankees yesterday after being on the disabled list to start the season.

Troy Tulowitzki made his return to the Rockies after being on the disabled list last night. Even though it did not make news nationally, it was a big deal in Denver.

Tulowitzki is the difference between the Rockies staying in the race and being out of the race.

His return should give the Rockies an edge that they have been lacking since he was on the disabled list.

It’s not looking good now obviously after the Rockies put on an uninspired performance in a 6-1 loss to the Dodgers last night, but it’s going to happen eventually once Tulowitzki heats up.

After going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, it’s going to take time for Tulowitzki to get back into the groove. Most times, no baseball player steps up and hit home runs right away after being on the disabled list. It does not work that way. Even if he hits a home run in his first game back, he would struggle in the next game.

The important thing is Tulowitzki is back.

The Rockies certainly miss him after going 9-16 without him.

It’s hard to replace a hitter who is hitting .347 with 16 home runs and 51 RBIs.

It’s hard to replace a player that knows how to make double plays or rob base hits.

It’s hard to replace a player who is batting .333 and driving in 33 runs with runners in scoring position.

Tulowitzki is a guy the Rockies trust when it comes to getting key hits, and the Rockies missed that when he was out for awhile.

The Rockies knew Wilin Rosario and Nolan Arenado would not help them overcome the loss of Tulowitzki. That was unrealistic. They are still young players that are still learning how to be good hitters in the majors. It will take a few years until they can be elite hitters.

Plus, they are not as good Tulowitzki when it comes to intangibles and great hitting.

Tulowitzki does things that no one can teach. It’s hard to teach a player to rise to the occasion when it comes to being a great situational hitter. Either a player has it or he doesn’t.

Tulowitzki is also one guy that does not accept losing as an option. He’s not afraid to get on guys who are going through the motions. He’s a player that backs it up when it comes to knowing how to win.

His leadership and his play are why the Rockies made the World Series in 2007. That attribute also played a role in the Rockies making the playoffs in 2009.

The Rockies need Tulowitzki’s leadership more than anything right now.

They have played bad baseball, and most of the players seem to accept losing rather than being upset about it. They seem defeated as soon as they get on the field. They would rather get this game over when they are behind instead of grinding out good at-bats.

That’s why it’s not an accident the Rockies are 9-16 without him in the 25 games he was out, and 124-161 without him in the games he has missed in his tenure with the team.

The losing was difficult to bear for Tulowitzki, and that’s why he made his return now rather than wait for the All-Star break. If he had his way, he would have played two weeks ago, but the Rockies did not want to rush him.

For Tulowitzki’s part, he was happy to be back.

It wasn’t fun for him to be shut down after his injury. For all the criticism he receives for being hurt, it hurts for him to not do what he loves.

Tulowitzki knows nothing can be taken for granted with his injury history.

Like the Rockies, he will be hoping he can find a way to stay healthy the rest of the season.

The Rockies are at a crossroads. They have to play better this month or else this season will be a lost cause. They are hoping Tulowitzki is their trump card to get them back in the playoff race.

They also hope Tulowitzki is all they need to win the division. It’s obvious since they are not going to make moves to improve the team this offseason.

That’s why he came at the nick of time with 69 games remaining in the season.

He is the Rockies’ last chance in a season that is about to slip away.

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Now’s no time for Rockies to give in

BY LESLIE MONTEIRO

The Rockies have five more games to play until the All-Star break.

The break couldn’t come soon enough for them based on the way they have played the last few weeks.

The grind has gotten the best out of them as they are not playing with an edge that we are used to seeing. They are making mental mistakes that they have not done in the first three months of the season. The pitching has not been great, either.

It adds up to the Rockies being 43-48. Their bad play has had an effect in the standings as they are 4 1/2 games out of first place.

The Rockies have had a rough go of it playing without Troy Tulowitzki, who is on the disabled list. They haven’t hit well, and they haven’t pitched well, either.

It does not mean all is lost for the Rockies. The NL West is mediocre, so they are going to be in this race.

It’s up to them to be in this position. That means they can’t finish the pre-All-Star break trending downward. That means they can’t enter the break with the idea this is a lost cause.

The next few days are going to be crucial for this team. There has to be hope.

The Rockies have to show they have it in them to handle adversity. They have done a good job of it for the most part so far, but now is the true test.

They have to find ways to win games and get that confidence back. They have to execute better. If they can do that, they should be okay.

It’s easier said than done, though.

That’s where they have to dig deep. This is where they need to grind out good at-bats. This is where they have to get good pitching. They have to do everything that wins games from now until Sunday.

The goal is to get to .500 by the All-Star break. It’s feasible by winning five in a row.  If they can do that, they are in good shape heading to the break.

Anything can happen in the NL West. From handicapping the NL West teams, there is no team that is going to dominate the division from now until September.

The Dodgers are the hot team right now, but that’s what they are. It remains to be seen if their pitching is good enough to propel them to the playoffs.

The Diamondbacks have good young talent, but their pitching is nothing special. Their bullpen has blown 19 saves, and their starting pitching has been medicore at best.

One would think the Giants would get hot, but they haven’t gone on a tear. They haven’t hit well, and their pitching has been inconsistent.

The Padres are a young team that will go through ups and downs. It’s hard to think they are good enough to win the division this year.

The Rockies have a chance. They have the offense to win games, and they have three good pitchers that give them a chance to win in Jorge De La Rosa, Jhoulys Chacin and Tyler Chatwood. Their bullpen is good enough to protect leads. They showed they have the talent to win games earlier in the year.

This team was good enough to be a .500 team if the team can avoid having injuries.

Being .500 is good enough to win a lousy division this year. It would be a shame if the Rockies blew that opportunity. It’s hard to make the playoffs every year, so it would behoove them if they don’t make it in a year that is feasible to qualify.

One thing going for the Rockies is Tulowitzki is going to be back after the post-All-Star break.

That is huge for so many reasons. He makes the offense better, and he is a great fielder. He brings intangibles to a team such as having a mean streak, leading by example and making others better with the lineup.

The Rockies clearly missed him while he was on the disabled list. It showed by their lousy offense. It also showed when they went 8-16 without him. It’s not an accident how valuable he is when the team has gone 123-161 without him.

Tulowitzki would give this team a huge boost if he comes back. The important thing is he has to somehow be healthy the rest of the season. That won’t be easy when one realizes he is always injury-prone.

It’s hard to count the Rockies out when he is coming soon.

This is why the Rockies can’t give up now. They have to find a way to win some games from now until Sunday.

With Tulowitzki doing all he can to play next week, this should inspire the Rockies to somehow toughen up and get wins.

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Filling void in Tulowitzki’s absence hasn’t been easy

BY LESLIE MONTEIRO

With Troy Tulowitzki on the disabled list, this road trip would present a challenge for the Rockies.

They are in the East Coast for nine games as they are playing three good teams in the Blue Jays, Nationals and Red Sox.

So far, everything has gone wrong for the Rockies in this trip. They haven’t played well, and they are winless in this trip after taking a 2-1 loss to the Nationals last night at Nationals Park.

From watching the Rockies this week, it’s clear they miss Tulowitzki.

The offense has been scuffling in this road trip. They scored a total of seven runs, and they scored a total of two runs in the last two games.

The Rockies are taking poor at-bats, and they are not creating a big inning when they are hitting. The hitters go down meekly once the other team is taking a lead.

The Rockies have stranded 35 men on base, including 10 on Wednesday night and eight on Monday night.

It’s been tough to watch. It shouldn’t be surprising this is happening when their best player is not playing.

Carlos Gonzalez is supposed to lead the way, but his struggles summed up the Rockies’ problems in this trip. He has three hits, and he has one home run and one RBI.

Nolan Arenado and Wilin Rosario were supposed to pick up the slack with Tulowitzki being absent. That hasn’t happened.

Arenado has two hits with no home runs and one RBI in 19 at-bats this week.

Rosario has three hits with no home runs and one RBI in 14 at-bats.

It’s hard to win games when the offense can’t make it happen.

This road trip certainly showed why  Tulowitzki is valuable for a reason. That’s why fans get frustrated when he is hurt every year.

Tulowitzki is one guy that embraces pressure. He always gives it his all when he is out at the plate or when he is fielding.

The Rockies shortstop is such a great hitter. He makes everyone around him better. He does things that no one can teach.

Tulowitzki is a difference maker at the plate by hitting .347 with a 1.048 OPS, 16 home runs and having 51 RBIs.  He is hitting .333 with runners in scoring position, and he is hitting .302 with eight home runs and 26 RBIs on the road. Those numbers play a role in the Rockies scoring 4.89 runs per game.

He always makes plays at shortstop. He is a guy that will make the pitchers work. His job makes Gonzalez’s job easy as pitchers can’t pitch around him. This also does not undue pressure for the Rockies outfielder to perform.

From reading Fangraphs, he is listed as the best shortstop in the National League, and for good reason.

It isn’t a coincidence the Rockies are 117-151 without Tulowitzki.

It was wishful thinking to think Arenado and Rosario can do what Tulowitzki is doing.

As good as those two are going to be, they have so much to learn to be good players in Major League Baseball. It’s been obvious in this trip by their poor at-bats.

Maybe they can get it going in the next few weeks, but that remains to be seen.

Gonzalez, Arenado and Rosario have to start stepping up sooner or later. They have to deal with it since Tulowitzki will always be hurt every year.

It’s a shame the offense is struggling. The Rockies are getting good pitching performances from Jorge De La Rosa, Roy Oswalt and Tyler Chatwood in this trip.

Anytime a starter is throwing well, that performance can’t be wasted due to poor offense.

The only way the Rockies can make folks stop thinking what could have been if Tulowitzki is healthy is if Gonzalez, Arenado and Rosario produce offensively.

This road trip has given a glimpse how bad it could get while Tulowitzki is out for a while.

The Rockies are playing the Giants and Dodgers at Coors Field after the road trip, and they finish the pre-All-Star break by going on a 10-game road trip to play the Diamondbacks, Padres and Dodgers.

It could get ugly soon if the hitters can’t figure out how to do well without Tulowitzki.

With the way things are going, it’s going to get worse before it gets better for the Rockies.

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