Every sport has its frustrations for the participants and their fans. In basketball, nothing seems more bothersome, especially in the NBA, than when a team misses free throws. Those “gift” opportunities that are not cashed in have ruined too many chances for a victory. Similarly, in football, the dropped ball by a wide-open receiver — or a defensive back with nothing but green grass in front of him — sends the crowd into a tizzy. Or when a team does everything to put itself into position for a victory only to have a miss a chip-shot field goal.
In baseball, opportunities are most often reflected in those situations with runners in scoring position. It must be kept in mind that the success for most teams with RISP opportunities is below a 30% success rate, but those missed chances eat away at a team and its fans. The past two games for the Rockies have seen such angst caused. The Rockies have been among MLB’s top teams with RISP success, but just 5-36 and only 5 runs scored in the games with the Giants and the Astros have hurt. Perhaps, we have become too expectant of offensive success from this club, and when they don’t come through like the past 2 games, the pain seems greater. This offense should be strong, if it stays healthy. We’ll just have to bear with the periodic downturns. Besides, if the pitching keeps performing like it has in the first two months, then the final four months of the 2013 season should be quite interesting.
A little different CHECK IT OUT today ... more like an opinion poll. My wife is a chocoholic, but I’m into the chewy snacks. There is nothing better at a movie than a box of Dots, but my question today deals with Twizzlers and Red Vines. Someone told me once that the preference is geographical; that Red Vines are more popular to the west and Twizzlers to the east. I did grow up in Ohio, so perhaps that fuels my opinion, but there is no contest ... Twizzlers kick butt. Do you feel the same way? Let me know.