There are two leads to the story about the Rockies' win today over New York: Aaron Cook's continuing greatness and Colorado's eye-popping lineup.
Let's do the second one first. Look at this lineup card:
Six of the eight players from the Rockies' Opening Day lineup don't appear there. What happened to all of them? Troy Tulowitzki, you probably know, is on the disabled list. He's now been joined there by Clint Barmes, who hurt his knee on a play at second base in the first game of the series. Additionally, Brad Hawpe is on the DL with a hamstring injury. Wait, one more: Matt Holliday has a hamstring problem, too. Oh, and Garrett Atkins and Willy Taveras couldn't play today with injuries of their own, although they remain on the active roster. Things are not going so well for the Rockies.
Other than the fact that they did indeed win this game started by six bench players, thanks to a four-hit, one-walk, complete game effort from Aaron Cook. He's pretty excellent, right? One wonders what might have happened if he'd been healthy all down the stretch last season, asserted himself as the team's true ace as he is doing now, and gotten the start in Game 1 of the World Series. Might he have handled things better than Jeff Francis? Now that Colorado is mired in the situation they're in, such wishful thinking is kind of all their fans have going for them.