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Colorado Rockies Go Bananas In the Big Apple, Sweep the Mets

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Ian Stewart #9 and Jason Giambi #23 of the Colorado Rockies celebrate scoring two runs in the sixth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field on April 14, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Ben WarwickContributor IMay 27, 2016

Another day, another one-run road win.

What was the Achilles' heel of the Colorado Rockies in 2010 has turned into one of their biggest strengths thus far in 2011. 

The Rockies swept the New York Mets on Thursday, taking both games of the doubleheader 6-5 and 9-4. This marks the first time the Rockies have swept the Mets since 1994, and just their third series win ever against the Mets in New York.

The big story coming out of Queens is Troy Tulowitzki

Who else?

Watching Tulowitzki so far this April has been like watching a video game. Over the four-game series, he went a combined 10-16 with 9 RBI. Oh yeah, he also hit home runs in each of the four games. 

The Mets as a team have five home runs at Citi Field this season.

He also became the first player in Major League history to hit home runs in each of a four-game series against the Mets.  

The MVP favorite has followed up his record-setting September 2010 with an April 2011 that has potential to set records. Going back the last six weeks of regular season play, Tulowitzki has 22 home runs and 54 RBI. 

It doesn't matter who you root for, that's unreal. 

Tulowitzki needs four more home runs to tie Larry Walker's record of 11 in the first month of the season. 

The Rockies return home to Coors Field at 10-2 record, the best record in Major League Baseball. They lead the NL West by four games over the Dodgers and the Giants.

If the other teams in the NL West aren't careful, the Rockies could be 25-5 before you know it.

The Rockies are a major league best 7-1 on the road, and 4-2 in one-run games—also good enough for best in the big leagues.

The starting pitchers are also 9-0 so far this season. Best pitching staff in baseball? Decide for yourself, but the Rockies make a convincing case.  

This weekend, the Rockies return home to face the 6-6 Chicago Cubs for three and the 6-6 San Francisco Giants for three. If they keep this level of play up, they could be 16-2 next time they hit the road. With the way they've been playing, teams welcoming in the Rockies need to be very careful.

With trips to Miami to face the Marlins, to Wrigley to face the Cubs and a three-game set with the Pirates in Denver, the Rockies could nearly eclipse the 25-win mark before the calendar hits May.

Not something to put money on, but if you've followed this team for any amount of time, you know it's possible. 

Watch out for this team. Being the first team to 10 wins is only the beginning for the 2011 Rockies. 

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