Rockies embrace warmth of home park

Rockies embrace warmth of home park

DENVER -- Home wasn't a comfortable place for the Rockies in April. Frigid, wet and icy weather was at least partly to blame for the team's 7-6 start at Coors Field.

But sunshine and warmth greeted the Rockies on Monday for the start of a three-game series with the Mets. The team has an eight-game homestand and 15 of its next 20 games at Coors Field -- where the Rockies finished 53-29 last season, after going 7-5 at home in April. It's a good time to be at home and able to bear the weather. The Rockies are coming off a 1-5 road trip.

Putting the recent struggles in perspective, the Rockies still entered Monday leading the National League West by one game over the Giants, who swept them over the weekend. Despite the rough trip, the Rockies are 11-8 on the road.

"Baseball was not meant to be played in cold weather," leadoff man Dexter Fowler said. "That's why it's played in the summertime."

At the end of the Rockies' last homestand, they dropped two of three against the Pirates in a series that featured wind-chill in the 30s and light snow.

"It's the first time I've come out here and talked to you with one set of sleeves on," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said Monday during his pregame press conference from the dugout. "So hopefully you're going to get really good weather.

"If we play over the course of the season like we have the last couple years at home and continue to find our way over the course of the season to win more games than we lose on the road, then we're going to be in a really good place in late September."