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Rockies struggling to find their stroke

DENVER — Willy Taveras trudged into the clubhouse with an enormous ice pack taped to his right thigh.

His troublesome quadriceps is OK. No, something else is to blame for the leadoff man's 0-for-7 slump in the World Series.

Yet even Taveras can't say for sure what the problem is.

"I'm putting a good swing on the ball. It's just a little bit wrong," Taveras said Friday.

That explanation could apply to all of the Colorado Rockies hitters not named Matt Holliday.

"We're not too far off," outfielder Ryan Spilborghs said. "We're a good hitting team."

Not lately, though.

The Rockies led the NL with a .280 batting average but have managed just two runs in losing the first two games to Boston. Colorado is hitting .180 as a team heading into Game 3 on Saturday night at Coors Field.

Perhaps a change is in order?

"I'm thinking through some things," manager Clint Hurdle said. "Anytime we get challenged offensively, you always need to rethink things and look at your options."

The Rockies could possibly move Kaz Matsui up a spot to lead off and slide shortstop Troy Tulowitzki into the No. 2 slot. That's what the team did when Taveras missed time at the end of the season with his quadriceps injury.

But Taveras doesn't think a lineup change is necessary. He thinks the Rockies should keep the lineup the same. He likes the speed he and Matsui bring to the top of the lineup.

"This has worked before," said Taveras, who's hitting .120 in the postseason. "This can work. We have a lot of guys who can hit."

Hard to tell since their eight-day layoff leading into the Series. The Rockies have struck out 22 times in the first two games of the series.

The Rockies simply couldn't replicate Red Sox aces Josh Beckett and Curt Schilling through simulated games.

"There's only so much you can do," Rockies hitting coach Alan Cockrell said of the time off. "There's nothing like going out and playing. But we're very close. Very, very close to getting our timing and rhythm back."

Spilborghs said he thinks the team just needs a hit off the end of the bat that falls in, or a broken-bat single, or anything else to break loose.

"We don't need it to pad our egos, just to get something going," said Spilborghs, who struck out three times looking in Game 2. "Just something."