Hope and expectations. Two things that can be so fleeting and volatile.
Coming into the 2013 season, the Rockies had no expectations, and any Rockies fan who told you he or she had hope for this season would be lying. The best case scenario predicted by all the experts was flirting with .500 if everything went right.
Basically, the best we could hope for was “not sucking.”
Funny how quickly hope and expectations can change.
The Rockies started the year off on a tear, winning five-of-their-first-six before winning eight straight and leading the NL West with a 13-4 record. There was hope for this team. The pitching was actually decent, and the offense was killing the ball.
Since then, the Rockies have gone 11-17 and fallen back to the pack, undone by faltering pitching and a stagnant offense.
Before the season started, if you had told any Colorado fan that the Rox would be 2 games back of the division lead and above .500, they’d have taken that in a heartbeat. Yet, frame that after such a wonderful start, and the team becomes a disappointment.
You know what they say, timing is everything.
The one thing that this team has shown consistently, however, is the confidence and ability to bounce back. Time after time, they have refused to spiral, something that was frequent a year ago.
After their sterling start, the Rockies were swept in San Francisco. Rather than going into a tailspin, they reeled off eight straight wins. Another big series loomed against the Giants, and after blowing a 6-0 lead and losing 8-6, the Rockies rebounded to win the next three and end a ten-game losing streak to San Francisco.
It’s a start.