Rockies juggle puzzle pieces to craft lineup |

Rockies juggle puzzle pieces to craft lineup

Jim Armstrong
The Denver Post
Colorado Rockies Carlos Gonzalez follows through on an RBI single in the third inning in a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field in Denver on Saturday, April 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Seth Smith went to spring training as the Rockies’ fourth outfielder. Miguel Olivo, meanwhile, was going to split time behind the plate with Chris Iannetta.

Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the Rockies’ team leaders in home runs.

No really. Mantle and Maris, meet Smith and Olivo. June has arrived, and they’ve each hit eight home runs, or seven more than a certain LoDo institution named Todd Helton.

So, if someone had told Smith in, say, mid-March that he and Olivo would be leading the Rockies’ long-ball brigade, what would he have said?

“I wouldn’t have known what to say,” Smith said. “It is what it is, I guess.”

Such is life in the Rockies’ box-of-chocolates lineup, where you never know what you’re going to get. To wit: Leadoff hitter Carlos Gonzalez leads the team with 33 RBIs, and No. 8 hitter Clint Barmes is fourth with 26. (Helton drove in a run at San Francisco or he would have gone into June under double digits in RBIs.)

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