Sports - Colorado Rockies

Jul 14, 2011 1:43 AM by Lee Douglas

Rox begin second half of season well behind expectations

DENVER (AP) - So far, the Colorado Rockies have wobbled under such weighty expectations.

Boasting a powerful 1-2 punch on the mound and two potent hitters in the lineup, the Rockies were a trendy pick coming out of spring training to win the NL West.

But injuries and inconsistent play have hampered the Rockies, who trail reigning World Series champion San Francisco by 8½ games heading into the second half of the season.

In the NL wild card picture, it's hardly prettier: The surging Atlanta Braves lead Colorado by 10½ games.

Though the Rockies are known as a second-half team, they have their work cut out to make the postseason for a third time in five years.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)




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