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Rockies are winning in April -- and on the road

Posted on: April 11, 2011 8:04 pm
Edited on: April 11, 2011 10:40 pm
NEW YORK -- The teams that lose early say it's only nine games.

The Rockies have been there. The Rockies have said it.

It's only April.

And this April, the Rockies have started 7-2, after Monday night's 7-6 win over the Mets. This April, the Rockies have even won on the road.

"Sitting at the top of the standings," Troy Tulowitzki said Monday afternoon. "To see us there [in April] is weird for me."

This is Tulowitzki's fifth full big-league season, which means he hasn't been around long enough to see the Rockies have a winning April. It also means he has been around long enough to understand why that matters.

He and other Rockies players said they spent this spring talking about how significant a fast start would be, and also about how important it was to reverse the Rockies' traditionally bad road record. So if the 7-2 start matters, so does the fact that four of the wins came in the Rockies' first five games on the road.

"We really did concentrate on that," Tulowitzki said. "In spring trainings in the past, I don't remember talking about April. But this year we were always saying, 'Let's play well in April. And let's not care about where we play.'"

They did all that talking at their beautiful new spring training complex in Scottsdale, Ariz. And the Rockies believe that complex is also part of the reason they had a better-than-usual first week.

"Yes," bench coach Tom Runnells said. "Absolutely. I added it up, and when we were in Tucson, we spent a full week's worth of time on the bus every spring. Now, being in [the Phoenix area], you play your main players more.

"So when we got to opening day, it didn't even feel like the first game. It was just another game."

Tulowitzki said that because the Rockies drew so well at the new facility, their spring games had a little more intensity than in prior years. He thought that helped, too.

The Rockies talked about April, and they talked about the road. For whatever reason, they believed that they took different offensive approaches on the road and at home, and they were determined to change that.

So in the early days on the road this year, they say they've spent more time in the cage, and more time in meetings.

"If we just play well on the road, we have a chance to make the playoffs, because we play so well at home," Jason Giambi said.

And if they just play well in April, they won't need the kind of late-season comebacks they've been noted for in the past.

They're not there yet. It's only nine games.

But that's what teams say when they lose in April.

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