"That's baseball." I've heard the quote used ad nauseam in the Rockies' clubhouse over last few days as their slide begins to get serious.
For example, I asked Dexter Fowler about the irony of the Rockies' hitters turning ice cold while their pitchers continue to perform better than most of us ever expected.
"Well, that's baseball," he said. "This game runs in cycles."
True enough, but the Rockies had better get their cycles lined up pretty soon. If their hitting returns but their pitching goes sour, dreams of contending could slip away by mid-June.
Saturday, in another 3-0 loss to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, another Rockies starter kept his team in the game. Jhoulys Chacin allowed only two runs in his five innings, though he gave up eight hits.
Chacin played Harry Houdini twice. He escaped one-out, bases-loaded jams in the second and fourth innings, surviving both times by striking out Pete Kozma and Adam Wainwright. But Chacin couldn't extricate himself from another bases-loaded mess in the fifth inning.
Still, the Rockies' starters have pitched well enough and the bullpen has been brilliant. And yet the Rockies have dropped five of their last six.
Cuddyer update. Michael Cuddyer hoped he would wake up with his neck feeling better Saturday morning. It wasn't better. Now the right fielder and first baseman is headed to the 15-day disabled list as he deals with a bulging disc.
Outfielder Charlie Blackmon, hitting .336 at Triple-A Colorado Springs, will be called up. The Rockies are planning to have Blackmon available for Sunday afternoon's game against the Cardinals.