04/08/2013 10:08 PM ET
Fowler racking up impressive stats early
By Eric Gilmore / Special to MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- Colorado Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler has been keeping statisticians busy during his red-hot start to the 2013 season.
Fowler on Sunday against San Diego became the first player in Rockies franchise history to have at least one hit and score one run in each of his first six games in a season. He entered Monday night's game against the San Francisco Giants tied for third on Colorado's all-time list for consecutive games with at least one run scored to start a season.
Dante Bichette, now the Rockies' hitting coach, owns that record with eight.
"I guess these are all blessings," Fowler said before the game. "Good thing is they're good stats, not bad."
Almost all of Fowler's stats have been good over his first six games. Fowler entered Monday night's game hitting .370 with four home runs, seven runs scored and five RBIs. He had a slugging percentage of .852 and an OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) of 1.266.
"I just tried to pick up where I left off last year," Fowler said. "I was blessed to be able to play all the season and not have that bad of injuries. So I can just build on the success that I had. I just want to go out and have fun. That's the key thing. When I start thinking too much and I start thinking about everything else, that's when God humbles you."
Rockies manager Walt Weiss said he believes Fowler "is going to play in some All-Star Games" someday.
"Dexter's just a great athlete," Weiss said. "He has surprised me with his power. I knew he had power, but he's got more power than I thought he had, not just due to the fact he's got four home runs already, but when you watch him take BP, he hits the ball a long way. He's a dynamic athlete."
Wrist feeling good, Cuddyer returns to action
SAN FRANCISCO -- After resting his sore left wrist Sunday, Michael Cuddyer returned to the starting lineup Monday night for the Colorado Rockies when they opened a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park.
"It feels good," Cuddyer said before the game. "It's good to go. We're ready to go. The way I view it, you either can play or you can't. I can play today."
Cuddyer hurt his wrist in the top of the eighth inning Saturday when he attempted to make a diving catch of a line drive by San Diego's Jedd Gyorko that went for an RBI double. Cuddyer finished the game, but experienced some swelling and took Sunday's series finale against San Diego off for "precautionary" reasons.
After starting the first five games this season in right field, Cuddyer started at first base Monday and hit fifth.
Cuddyer entered the game hitting .450 (9-for-20) with two home runs and seven RBIs. He rapped a single in his first at-bat Monday.
"Baseball's cyclical," Cuddyer said. "Two weeks from now you could be saying, 'What the hell happened to your swing?' You never know. You enjoy these times when they're going and just try to win ballgames."
• Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba drew his second start of the season Monday against the Giants in place of Wilin Rosario, and for the second time he caught left-hander Jorge De La Rosa. That was no coincidence, Weiss said before the game.
"They've got a good connection," Weiss said. "There will be times when Wilin will catch De La. I just felt early on it's a good feel for De La, and at the same time it keeps Torrey involved."
• With the Rockies facing Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner, left-handed-hitting first baseman Todd Helton was out of the lineup for the second straight game.
"Again, it was one of those situations, we looked at it a few days in advance," Weiss said. "So it was an opportunity to give him back-to-back days off. So he'll be back in there tomorrow."
Right-hander Tim Lincecum is scheduled to pitch for the Giants on Tuesday night.
Eric Gilmore is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.