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Huston Street and Chris Iannetta celebrate an early season victory for the Colorado Rockies
Entering Sunday, the Colorado Rockies have the league's best pitching staff. Yes, you read that correctly.
With pitchers consistently pitching into the sixth, if not seventh inning, and a relief crew understanding each of their roles, the Rockies piled up a 2.71 ERA entering their Sunday 6-5 victory against the Pirates that left them at 6-2 and in first place in the wild NL West.
Though they have not been putting up zero's across the box scores, Rockies pitchers have taken advantage of Tracy's often long leash, battling through hairy situations to start the year with a 5-0 record.
Despite a shaky first outing for Jimenez, a recurrence of Jorge De La Rosa's blister problem in his second start against the Pirates and Jhoulys Chacin pitching without full command of his arsenal of devastating secondary pitches, Rockies pitchers are battling.
Huston Street has four saves in four chances, compiling a 1.13 ERA in eight innings of relief; Matt Belisle has maintained his title as Tracy's most trusted reliever, and new fireballer Matt Lindstrom earned a spot save with Street unavailable on Saturday night. Rafael Betancourt rounds out a sturdy relief staff as the eighth-inning specialist.
All of this with two of their starting pitchers dealing with issues on their pitching hands that landed one on the DL (Jimenez) and another on the bench early in both of his starts (De La Rosa).
Now it's on to New York to face the Mets at Citi Field where the Rockies have historically not had much success.
With the 2011 Rockies pitching staff, however, it could be a different story in the Big Apple.