Rockies looking to get back in to NL West race

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Emma Carroll writes, Coming off a spectacular 2007 season, fans had a lot of expectations for the 2008 season.

Coming off a spectacular 2007 season, fans had a lot of expectations for the 2008 season. It was disappointing when they dismally failed to reach them and fell into last place for a notable amount of the season. The team was not producing and by July, were not over .500. The magic of Rocktober faded away quickly and the Rockies hit a a long, extended slump.Their only hope was the All Star Break. The All Star Break marks the mid point of the season and the All Star Game itself marks the game’s best players as determined by the fans. Matt Holliday was the only Rockies player sent to the All Star Game (He played left field.) and hit a solo homer in the beginning of the game.Though the National League lost, that homer might have been the spark that lit the fire.Post All Star Break is looking good. The Rockies are 9-1 in their first 10 games, having swept the Pittsburgh Pirates at home, winning the series verse the Los Angeles Dodgers but suffering one loss at home, and sweeping the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Impressive, since the Rockies had the worst away game record in the majors.The Rockies claim they are tired of being asked why they are not producing, and the only way to stop those questions from being asked is to start producing.The problem is they set off on the 10 game road trip directly after the winning the series against the Pirates and the Dodgers. They have proved they can win at Coors Field, but can they do it at other team’s ballparks? Considering a large amount of the remaining games this season are on the road, it is of the utmost importance that they are able to perform on the road if they are going to re-enter the race for the NL West.On that note, getting back in the race for the NL West would be the right thing to attract fans’ interests again. Another playoff run would be more than magical, but October is still a while off and the Rockies have yet to show they can pull something like that.They have everything they need. Big time hitters like Garrett Atkins, Matt Holliday, and Brad Hawpe and good pitchers like Aaron Cook, Ubaldo Jimenez, Jorge de la Rosa, and Brian Fuentes. Their superstar shortstop, Troy Tulowitzki is back and Jeff Baker has secured the infield as second baseman for the time being. In Todd Helton’s absence, Atkins has done well at first and Ian Stewart has done fabulously at third, while showing he has a little barrel to his bat. It’s a question why they haven’t prospered in the first part of the season.Their only hope is to catch the NL West train, post All Star Break. Let’s hope they carry through.