Colorado Rockies Can't Focus On Tough April Schedule

Nic HalliseyCorrespondent IApril 1, 2009

DENVER - APRIL 06:  Todd Helton #17 and Matt Holliday #5 (R) of the Colorado Rockies wait in the dugout  before taking the field for the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field on April 6, 2008 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

It seems like the most recent trend in Colorado sports is to complain.


We all are aware of the Jay Cutler saga, but now the Denver sports pages are beginning to be filled with articles about how the Rockies got the short-end of the stick in scheduling in 2099.


It’s true, April will be a tough month for the Rockies.


Twelve of their first 15 games are on the road, something that does not come easy to the team.


They will have to travel to Arizona on two separate occasions, face the defending NL West champs in Los Angeles, and battle against the Cubs, who posted more regular season wins (97) than any National League team in 2008, at Wrigley. Their lone home series is against the defending World Series champion Phillies.


It seems like a rough start, sure.


And to add to the Rockies’ misery, the team is known for slow starts.


Through 30 games last year, the Rockies were already in last place, 10 games out of first, with an 11-19 record. The year before, the same year they made it to the World Series, it was the same situation, sitting at 11-17 going into the second day of May.


The Rockies cannot use a tough schedule as an excuse for another lousy start, however.


Truth is, manager Clint Hurdle needs to use the difficult opponents as extra motivation for his team to be ready from the start, or for him to get his bags packed.


Yes, the opening schedule is tough. But that can’t be used as an excuse or a crutch.


My school's football coach recently wrote, “I’ve always said the schedule is like the weather. For the most part, it’s out of your control. You can’t worry about it.”


The team opens up conference play against last season’s three top Mountain West Conference teams, all of them ranked at the end of last season, and two of them in the top 10.


In baseball, each team plays 81 games at home and 81 games on the road. If the Rockies draw a tough early schedule, than it will lighten up later on in the season.


All that the Rockies can control is the product they put out on the field.


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