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Rockies can buck trend, get off to a good April start

Jan 23, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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The Rockies are known more for late-season charges than they are fast beginnings.  In fact, they’ve had a losing record in April in each of the last four seasons.  But that could all change this year.

As Jack Etkin at Inside The Rockies notes, the club plays only three games in April against a team that had a record better than .500 last season.

The Rox kick off their 2011 schedule with a series against the Diamondbacks (65-97), then come the Dodgers (80-82), Pirates (57-105), Mets (79-83), Cubs (75-87), Giants (92-70), Marlins (80-82), Cubs and Pirates.  Only the World Series champion Giants finished in the black in 2010.

Baseball is a weird sport — hard to predict, at least — and anything can happen, but all signs point to the young and talented Rockies getting off to a healthy start this season.  It would be a refreshing sight for Colorado fans, who have watched the team go 189-221 in April since first forming 18 years ago.

  1. spudchukar - Jan 23, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    I used to believe an easy early season schedule was a boon. However, in recent years I have come to view it differently. Seems it takes awhile for the cream to rise to the top, and that it may be more advantageous to play a more difficult schedule early. Optimism still reigns in the early going, regardless of the talent level. The better teams make trades to improve their team once weaknesses are assessed and the poorer ones dump salaries, hoping to acquire future stars. And in September, the call ups occur once the sub-.500 teams throw in the towel.
    The counter argument is of course the momentum factor, which has its merits, but over all I believe most winning franchises adopt the theory that .500 ball in the first half will suffice, and after things have settled, and adjustments made, the winning thrusts will occur in the second half.
    As for the Rockies, I am sure their fan base would like to see some early success for a change. With their easy early opposition, for their sake, I hope they succeed. But that does present some additional pressure. Things won’t seem so rosy if they are at .500 at the break, knowing they have some tough sledding ahead.

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