If the Rockies manage to rebound to respectability in the final third of the season the key could very well be the bat of center fielder Dexter Fowler.

In April when the Rockies streaked to a 16-11 record Fowler hit .305 with a .411 on-base percentage. Eight of his 12 homers came in April percolating All-Star Game talk.

In part because of right-wrist injury that has lingered since June Fowler cooled off dramatically. Still at the all-star break he was hitting .284 with a healthy on-base percentage of .381. But he has been mired in a deep slump since the break hitting .162 with a .310 OBP. After hitting a career-best .300 in 2012 his season batting average was .259 entering Saturday's game.

Yet manager Walt Weiss believes Fowler is poised to finish the season strong.

"Dexter is fine" Weiss said. "It's just the ebb and flow of the season that players go through.