Patience isn't always a virtue. The Rockies' plan to stick with inconsistent Juan Nicasio instead of riding the hot hand of right-hander Tyler Chatwood is evidence of that.

But in the case of Josh Rutledge, the Rockies' faith is paying dividends. From Day One of spring training, he has been their guy at second base. The 24-year-old got out of the box slowly, hitting only .213 in April. And he looked tentative, at times, in the infield.

But Rutledge is starting to come on, proving that his sizzling big-league debut last summer was no aberration. After rapping out three hits Tuesday and then going 1-for-4 on Wednesday, he is hitting .400 in May. His diving stab of a hot grounder by Lyle Overbay was the defensive gem of Tuesday's game.

"I feel like, for me, things are starting to fall in place," Rutledge said. "At the beginning of the year, I hit some balls hard and they just didn't find a hole. That always turns around in baseball."

Rutledge said the faith shown by manager Walt Weiss has provided a big boost. "It gives you the extra confidence you need, so you don't really worry about it if you are playing or not," he said. "It kind of takes the burden off your shoulders."

Weiss is pleased with how Rutledge has responded from a slow start.

"I think he's swinging the bat well," Weiss said. "The thing about 'Rut' is that he brings athleticism to the lineup and he runs really well. He covers some ground at second base. It's not just the bat. He brings other things to the field every day."