I told you they still weren't good. Did you listen? No, you didn't listen. You started checking the ESPNews crawler to see if the Padres and Dodgers had won. That makes this your fault.
What did I say after the Rockies swept New York? Many things, but the one that was supposed to get across was that Colorado doesn't have enough starting pitching to contend in the NL West, and it has been starting pitching that has been the principal motor of the current six-game losing streak. Although the Rockies do put something of an emphasis on groundball pitchers, they were due for a correction when it came to how many homers they were allowing. And once again, why were we so excited to get Jason Hirsh? Hirsh is an extreme flyball pitcher. He always has been. He fits in at Coors Field like an aluminum bat.
Can we find relief if we look to the schedule? Well, it's not as if the Blue Jays and Cubs were particularly good before they were playing the Rockies. After a four-game series in Houston which will be highlighted by Jason Jennings' first start against his former team, Colorado comes home to play the Mets and Phillies. The Mets have been in a protracted slump but are still qualitatively better than the Rockies are, and the Phillies are having one of their signature midseason relevance teases. Will the Rockies continue booming and busting for the rest of 2007, or will they just settle down and play consistent .460 ball like they're supposed to do?