Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN featured the St. Louis Cardinals hosting the Colorado Rockies. It was a great chance for Colorado to play well in front of a national audience; an audience who may not understand the team’s record in relation to their roster. Furthermore, the Rockies had an opportunity to win on Sunday for the first time in 17 attempts.
The game got off to a great start when Colorado scored 2 runs in the top of the first to give Pitcher Esmil Rogers an early lead. Unfortunately, the lead did not last long.
You might have heard of a guy named Albert Pujols. He’s a pretty good baseball player. At this rate, Cooperstown is already creating a plaque for the guy (if they haven’t already) because he is putting up ridiculous numbers every year. Even so, 2011 has been a “down” year for Pujols. His version of a down season is a career year for almost any other player. Every year of his career (10+ years), Pujols has hit at least .310 with 30HR and 100RBI. This season he is only hitting .288 with 29HR and 75 RBI. He’s been heating up lately and barring an injury, he should be able to hit his usual numbers by the end of the season. Regardless of this season’s stats, he is a once-in-a-lifetime player.
I got a little off-track from the story of the game. Albert Pujols quickly tied the game with a 2-run bomb to left-center field. Recorded as a 465-foot home run, Pujols launched the furthest home run in the history of the current Cardinals stadium (albeit a short history). And just like that the Rockies’ lead evaporated, and three hours later, so to the chance of breaking a unique streak of Sunday losses.
Record this past Sunday’s loss as the 17thin a row for the Rockies playing on Sunday. They now own the record for most consecutive Sunday losses in the modern era (since 1900) with 17. It makes you wonder…who came up with the idea of keeping these types of statistics?
Besides it being an interesting, although depressing, record to hold, it also illustrates how the season has been going for Colorado. Sunday is usually the last game of a series with an opposing team. It could mean the difference between winning the series or losing the series. Because Colorado keeps losing Sunday ballgames, they typically end up losing the series. Of course this makes it tough to build on any momentum built during the week.
The Rockies play at home against the Los Angeles Dodgers this coming Sunday. It will be interesting to see how long this streak goes on for and if this Sunday can be the first one since April where the Rockies record a win.
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Written by Steve Folsom
Sports has always been my passion in life. I enjoy all sports but baseball is by far my favorite. I bring an analytical perspective to my sports consumption. Follow me on Twitter @Steven_Folsom.