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08:13 AM ET 04.15 | Timing is everything. Maybe it's just a coincidence, an early-season anomaly, but it is interesting the Rockies threw the Mets for a loop on the first trip that Colorado has used a curveball machine during batting practice. "It helps lock you into a good swing," outfielder Ryan Spilborghs said. The machine is the brainchild of new hitting instructor Carney Lansford. He felt it could help narrow some of the Rockies' horrifying home-road splits a year after the Rockies batted a franchise-worst .226 in visiting parks. Has it made an impact? "Absolutely," said Lansford. ... The purpose is twofold: Let the players see game-type movement on a pitch, and teach them patience. "I don't want to say it's the reason, but it definitely hasn't hurt," said shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who homered in every game of the sweep.

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April 15, 2011  08:27 AM ET

It also helps when Tulo comes out of the gates with 7 dingers and will be in the MVP chatter all season long. This is the year the Rox win the division.

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April 15, 2011  09:41 AM ET

Maybe with a decent April the Rox won't find themselves in their usual position of having to win 17 of 20 in September to sniff the wild card....

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April 15, 2011  12:07 PM ET

2 more wins and they'll exceed the total number of April wins in franchise history. Curve balls out of altitude was always a problem for them

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April 15, 2011  12:56 PM ET
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It does not matter how you start a season...its how you finish it that matters.

You can't win a division in April but you can lose one.

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April 15, 2011  01:23 PM ET

It's always Good to talk about Road Success after you've played the Mets & Pirates...

April 15, 2011  02:03 PM ET
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It's always Good to talk about Road Success after you've played the Mets & Pirates...

Isn't that the truth. I would think if I was the Denver Post, I would talk about playing someone other than T-ballers. The Pirates are getting better but they are not there yet, and the Mets are the Mess.

April 15, 2011  03:18 PM ET
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Isn't that the truth. I would think if I was the Denver Post, I would talk about playing someone other than T-ballers. The Pirates are getting better but they are not there yet, and the Mets are the Mess.

Yeah, but when you have a road history like the Rox do, this has to be considered a major step forward them. Now they just have to continue it.

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