If I’ve learned anything in my 28 years in baseball, it’s that you cannot predict anything. Not for individual games, sometimes not for an entire season. The same Rockies team that takes 3 of 4 from the Giants, loses three of four against Houston. They win both series played so far against the Dodgers but lose a series in Chicago to the Cubs.
Those above examples can be interpreted in two ways: 1) the Rockies are true contenders. Or 2) they don’t have enough and they’ll fade as the season progresses. I think the true answer is: 3) nobody, including the Rockies, really knows. Still nearly three weeks away from the midpoint of the season, the only real interpretation is to enjoy what has happened to this point and anticipate what might be in the months ahead.
Here is some perspective to appreciate what has happened already. Coming off their worst season in franchise history, none of the so-called prognosticators predicted the Rockies would even finish at .500. Keith Law of ESPN.com even went so far as to say that the team would win only 53 games, 11 worse than their 2012 total, and have the poorest record in baseball. Again, we have to be cautious because of our appreciation that anything can happen in baseball, but without any significant injuries, this team has an opportunity to contend in the NL West for the rest of the season. Here’s another fact that can make you feel good about what has happened through the first 10 weeks of the season. Yesterday’s win against San Diego was the club’s 34th of the season. Last year, the Rockies did not win their 34th game until July 13th.
My CHECK IT OUT is “Game of Thrones.” I am not normally someone who gets into fantasy, like “Lord of the Rings,” but this HBO series has grabbed my interest. I was still trying to digest what had happened in the penultimate episode of this third season when the finale played out last night. Do you notice that I am not giving anything away here...I don’t want to spoil it for those of you who might have missed it last night. If you haven’t done so yet, you might want CHECK IT OUT with Netflix or DVD sets to catch up. I think you’ll like it.