Rockies' offense finally getting in sync

Rockies' offense finally getting in sync

CLEVELAND -- The Rockies' offensive performance has gone from dormant to dangerous.

After underachieving for much of the season, especially during an 8-21 month of May, the Rockies have produced four five-run innings and two six-run innings in 11 games leading up to Tuesday night's tilt with the Indians.

Part of it is getting the hot steaks of the club's top players in sync. Leadoff man Carlos Gonzalez has hits in 12 of his past 13 games, entering Tuesday, and is 23-for-57 (.404) during that stretch. Todd Helton, who moved from fifth to third in the lineup when manager Jim Tracy put Gonzalez atop the order, hit .322 with three home runs in his first 17 June games. Cleanup man Troy Tulowitzki entered Tuesday on a six-game hit streak (9-for-25, four doubles). Ty Wigginton has hit .300 with five home runs since May 24. Seth Smith doubled on 11 of his past 23 hits.

Add the contributions of a couple of recent callups to the starting lineup -- second baseman Chris Nelson (.274 in 18 games before Tuesday) and left fielder Charlie Blackmon (.354 in 13 games), and there is a potent offense.

"It's extremely encouraging," Tracy said. "I think we have a very competent offense. What we're seeing right now is what we were seeing over the course of the month of April. We're picking up a bunch of big hits. They disappeared in May and they weren't really there to any type of consistency in the early part of June.

"We're getting good pitches to swing at and we're forcing the opposing pitchers to put the ball in the strike zone."