MLB 2011: Two Plays That Cost the Colorado Rockies a Shot at 12-0

Ben WarwickContributor IApril 15, 2011

DENVER, CO - APRIL 06:  First baseman Todd Helton #17 of the Colorado Rockies is welcomed home by Troy Tulowitzki #2 of the Rockies and Carlos Gonzalez #5 of the Rockies after they scored on Helton's three run homerun off of starting pitcher Chad Billingsley #58 of the Los Angeles Dodgers to give the Rockies a 5-4 lead in the third inning at Coors Field on April 6, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The Colorado Rockies stand two pitches away from being 12-0.

Currently, they stand at 10-2, and hold the best record in all of Major League Baseball.

That's not a shabby title to have, especially for a team that has a track record of starting off slowly in April.

Not to take away from the fact the Rockies are of to their best start in team history, but they could have easily been better. Had it not been for two pitches slightly off their intended targets, the Rockies would stand undefeated. 

Opening Day 2011 came with much celebration, but even more expectations. Because of a cut cuticle on his throwing thumb, the Arizona Diamondbacks got the best of Ubaldo Jimenez. Chris Iannetta allowed an 11th inning wild pitch from Matt Lindstrom that scored Diamondbacks outfielder Gerardo Parra to score from third. The offense was shut down by the Diamondbacks bullpen in the home half of the 11th, and the Rockies fell on Opening Day.

Rockies fans were quick to panic, thinking they were in for a rough 2011. 

The team replied by winning four straight, and fans had a short memory regarding Opening Day.

The Rockies then went on to lose a game against the Pirates on April 8th, and Rockies fans were quick to wonder what was wrong. 

Franklin Morales walked Josh Rodriguez with two outs in the bottom of the 14th inning, then allowed a double to Jose Tabata, which scored Rodriguez to win the game for the Pirates. 

How did the team respond? By winning the final game at PNC Park and then going on to sweep the Mets in four games at Citi Field. 

Once again, the Rockies are riding high, and are red-hot in April for the first time. A team that historically starts off slow to at the beginning the year now have the best record in the league. 

They're on a historic run to start the year, and are one of the best teams in baseball right now, but if it hadn't have been for two untimely plays, the Rockies would undoubtedly be on top of the mountain in Major League Baseball.