Rockies closer LaTroy Hawkins hasn't been slamming the door on opposing offenses lately, but manager Walt Weiss is standing by him. "I look at the body of work for the whole season," Weiss said Wednesday. "He's had a couple of tough ones the last couple of times out, but I think his stuff is still intact. I think some of his pitches have been elevated, and that's got him in trouble. But his velocity is the same. The action is the same. Location is what it usually comes down to." Hawkins is 10-for-11 in save opportunities this season, but hitters are averaging .314 against him and his ERA is 4.41. He blew his first save against the San Diego Padres on Sunday, when he gave up a two-run homer to Will Venable. The Rockies came back to win the game 8-6 on a walk-off homer by Justin Morneau in the 10th inning. Tuesday night, the Rockies won 5-4 on Nolan Arenado's two-run, walk-off double in the ninth, but that rally came after Hawkins gave up a run-scoring double to Tyler Colvin in the top of the inning. "I always go through stretches like this," Hawkins said. "So when I do, it's like, 'I've been here before. It's not a big deal.' For the fans, it's a big deal. But it takes one time going out and getting 1-2-3 and getting in a groove. Before you know it, it's 12, 13, 14 appearances later." Hawkins said he doesn't think his problem is leaving pitches up in the zone. Rather, he said, "It's about making good pitches."
Rockies manager Walt Weiss is standing by LaTroy Hawkins
Denver Post | May 22