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Given the high level of expectation the Rockies faced coming into 2011, the season could prove to be either entirely fantastic or immensely frustrating. 40 games in—well, nothing has changed.

In a near-perfect demonstration of bipolar ball, today the Rockies finished a disappointing home stand with the second of exhilarating back-to-back come-from-behind wins against the defending world champion Giants. During this eight-game stretch at Coors, Colorado:

  • Lost its lead in the NL West and then regained it
  • Saw closer Huston Street blow a two-run lead against lowly San Diego and then record a nine-pitch save against San Francisco
  • Watched Jhoulys Chacin throw six strong innings only to commit back-to-back errors, which allowed the Padres back into a game they were trailing by six (and ended up winning by two)
  • Shrugged its collective shoulders as Ubaldo Jimenez struggled against the last place Mets, then proved effective against the Giants

The majority of the Colorado faithful see a team that has wasted a tremendous start by losing 16 of their last 27. Manager Jim Tracy has put his signature spin on the situation, explaining that all teams go through rough stints during the course of a season—he’s just glad the strong start keeps the swooning Rockies at or near the top of the division rather than out of the race.

Troy Tulowitzki has looked sensational at times and sorry at others. Same deal for Carlos Gonzalez, Jason Hammel, Chacin, and essentially everybody in the bullpen. A division title to its credit at the end of 2011? Or a list of two-thousand eleven questions regarding how to get the franchise over the proverbial hump? Either outcome seems feasible.

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