Rockies’ rookie pitchers ‘learning together’ as they keep team in playoff hunt

After losing the first two games of a weekend series against the Mets by a combined 23-5, Rockies manager Bud Black was very matter-of-fact about how important the team’s pitching will be if it hopes to reach the postseason for the first time since 2009.
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It’s very hard to win games consistently when you’re always trying to outscore the other team, Black said. For me, the state of the team will be determined by our starting pitching.

Limited Womens Tavon Austin Jersey Outscore is exactly what the Rockies did Sunday, chasing New York starter Steven Matz after seven quick runs and cruising to a 13-4 win with rookie Jeff Hoffman going six innings for the win. Hoffman, 24, is one of four rookie starting pitchers — Kyle Freeland (24), German Marquez (22) and Antonio Senzatela (22, who’s expected to be recalled from Triple-A shortly) — who have logged significant innings for a Colorado team that’s 53-41 and holding a 5 1/2 game lead in the race for the second wild card.

But that’s skipping steps. This bunch is playing better lately, and with 15 games remaining, he’ll welcome a strong finish to set up this summer. There was some worry within the organization that the preseason attention the Wolves got went to their collective head, a worry that seemed borne out by early-season struggles. Thibodeau wants to keep the Wolves focused on the habits they’ve learned this season.

Know your opponent well, he said, have your routine established and don’t get lost — whether it’s praise, criticism, what’s ahead, what some people may view as something that is daunting. It doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks.

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