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Rox Win 5 Straight Before Running Into Waino, Cards

by The Baseball Observer, May 19, 2015

Colorado got on a pretty impressive roll, including a sweep in Denver of the high-flying New York Mets. The streak began with a very unimpressive win over Arizona on Wednesday, May, 11, 2016, when the Rockies managed to eake out an 8-7 win over the sub-.500 Diamondbacks after leading 7 to 1 at the end of 6 innings.

After salvaging the last game of the three game set with Arizona, the Rockies took the day off Thursday. Then the fun began.

The reigning National League Champion Mets came into town playing well, having taken two of three from the Padres and splitting two games with the mighty Dodgers on the current road trip. The New Yorkers' starting pitching is widely acknowledged as the best in the game, so things did not look positive for the underperforming-as-usual Blake Street denizens.

The Rockies proceeded to out-hit, out-pitch, and out-field the visitors from the Big Apple, by scores of 5-2, 7-4, and 4-3. Naysayers may point out that only one of the pitchers used by the Mets, Matt Harvey, Friday's loser, could be described as belonging to the Premier variety, and that he hasn't performed at his usual level this year. But that would be sour grapes. Visiting teams almost always use their backup pitchers when they visit Colorado, saving their best for more competitive opponents.

Even so, they still usually beat the Rox. But not this time. After the unexpected sweep of the Champs, the triumphant Rockies stormed on the road to St. Louis and beat the Cardinals by a 3-1 score on Tuesday night. Colorado pitchers Chad "Betty" Bettis, Boone "Bolo" Logan, Carlos "Car-Est" Estevez and Jake "J-Mac" McGee held the heavy hitting Cards to just 6 hits, including no hits in 4 at bats by former Rockies slugger Matt Holliday, who usually pummels Rockies pitching at every opportunity.

Nolan "Tornado" Arenado and Dustin "Dusty" Garneau provided most of the offense with RBI singles, while "Betty" chipped in with an RBI groundout.

The bubble burst the next night, when Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright locked down the Rox bats and Holliday got his revenge by knocking in the only runs of the day with a two-run double as St. Louis ended the streak with prejudice with the 2-0 victory.

Colorado will try to start another winning skein tonight in St. Louis as the Rockie's new-found ace Jon Gray will go against the Cards' slumping Michael Wacha.

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