Jack Etkin, Forbes.com: Things Looking Up for Rockies in Return to Coors Field

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By Jack Etkin

Forbes.com

Maybe the worst is over for the Rockies. They began the season with a 15-game nosedive, one that not surprisingly caused sky-is-falling angst for some skeptical fans.

The goal is always to avoid a losing road trip. The Rockies did that on a 3-3 jaunt to San Francisco and San Diego that was positively uplifting when it ended. That’s because the trip concluded with three straight wins, giving the Rockies a modest season-high winning streak that improved their record to 6-12 after a ghastly 3-12 start _ the worst ever in franchise history _ but more importantly enabled them to exhale.

The Rockies are winless in five games this season at Coors Field where they are scheduled to play the next seven games _ four with the Phillies starting tonight followed by three with the Nationals, both formidable opponents. It was during that first forlorn homestand when the Rockies were outscored 44-23 and on their way to an eight-game losing streak and defeats in 12 of 13 games that veteran catcher Chris Iannetta offered the reasoned perspective of a player in his 13th season in the big leagues.

“If you get caught up in all the negative stuff, that's when things spiral for us,” he said. “There may be negative things swirling around the perimeters. We don't take that in. You hear it, because a lot of people bring it in from the outside. But for us, we just try to focus on the positive things and fixing it and know that we're going to get better. It's a long season. If you play this game for more than a year, you know how many times you go up and down over the course of the season.”

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