Sure, it's a small sample size, but so far the 2013 Rockies are everything the 2012 Rockies were not.
Combining another strong start from veteran right-hander Jon Garland, the sizzling bat of Carlos Gonzalez and timely hitting throughout the lineup, the Rockies overwhelmed the New York Mets, 11-3, Thursday afternoon at chilly Coors Field.
The first-pitch temperature was 28 degrees, tying the record for the coldest game in franchise history, but the football-like weather didn't stop the red-hot hot Rockies, who won their sixth in a row. In 2012, the Rockies' longest winning streak was five.
And, for the first time in franchise history, the Rockies have opened the season 6-0 at home. The Rockies have outscored opponents 48-21 at Coors. Considering last year's 35-46 home record, April has been a giant leap forward for the Rockies.
Turning point. With the game 2-2 in the sixth, Gonzalez led off with a double and moved to third when left fielder Jordany Valdesping misplayed the ball. CarGo jogged home when Troy Tulowitzki lined a first-pitch single to left off Mets starter Jonathan Niese.
On the mound. Garland has been everything the Rockies hoped he'd be when they signed him late in spring training. Though he gave up six hits in seven innings, including three doubles, he never got rattled. He struck out four and didn't issue a walk. In 19 innings, he has walked just three.