The first week of the baseball season is about as revealing as a Bill Belichick news conference. Six games isn't even the equivalent of one Sunday in the NFL. So how exactly do you measure progress, while pumping the brakes on the Rockies' best start since 1995?
The Rockies have been steadfast since the first day of spring training that this year would be different. And that's where manager Walt Weiss starts when assessing the first-week blink of his club.
"Obviously, we are getting good starting pitching and we are hitting. But on a little deeper level, it looks like our team enjoys competing," Weiss said. "That is critical at this level."
Weiss has established absolutes, which must be executed to win. But the protocol rings hollow without conviction.
"Guys are buying in," said veteran outfielder Michael Cuddyer.
The Rockies looked like a completely different group in Scottsdale, Ariz., the result of better health and a fresh start.
It was obvious at Salt River Fields when Troy Tulowitzki's first RBI came on a two-strike breaking ball that he rifled to second base. He might as well have choked up on the bat and widened his stance given the way he mirrored hitting instructor Dante Bichette's approach.
It was evident when Jhoulys Chacin fed the Padres a steady diet of sinkers Sunday, quickly adjusting his strategy when San Diego's hitters began swinging early in the count.
"Those go back to the absolutes we've talked so much about," Chacin said. "They were giving me quick outs on the ground, and I was taking them."