Sunday, August 31, 2014

Lackluster offense continues to doom Colorado Rockies on the road, will the team trade their stars?

Is it time for the Rockies to deal Tulowitzki?
When the team scores seven runs, fans get tacos for a discounted price. That is the Taco Bell promotion that has run for years for the Colorado Rockies.

After a miserable road trip, the question must be asked, can that promotion be used for the entirety of a road trip. The Rockies return to Coors Field on Monday after scoring just 12 runs throughout the entire road trip. Not in one game, for the entire trip. Thinking about plating seven runs in one game is an absolute joke.

You can't win if you don't score.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Tyler Matzek shines as Colorado Rockies pick up rare win in pitching duel

Tyler Matzek was great on Saturday.
A silver lining in the black, dark sky that is the Colorado Rockies season, Tyler Matzek took another step forward on Saturday night in Arizona.

The rookie went seven strong innings, giving up just three hits and three walks. He struck out four, but most importantly, he didn't allow a run. With 103 pitches in, manager Walt Weiss elected to go to the bullpen for the final two innings, and four members of the bullpen combined to lock the game down.

While the eye of Denver has certainly turned to football, and frankly, the Rockies haven't given fans much of a reason to stay excited, Matzek is growing up. The left-hander has watched his stock rise quickly, then come crashing back down throughout his rough journey to the big leagues.

After being picked 11th overall in the 2009 draft, Matzek looked like he could be a guy who the Rockies developed into an ace. He threw in the mid-to-upper 90's as a high schooler in California. He had a slider that looked like it was near Major League ready as a 17-year-old. However, his mechanics got tweaked when he arrived with the Rockies organization, and suddenly Matzek looked like a bust.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Colorado Rockies continue to lose games because of stubbornness

It's been a while since Rex Brothers has slapped high fives.
Don't blame Rex Brothers.

It isn't Brother's fault that the Colorado Rockies continue to use him in high leverage situations. It isn't his fault that the Rockies haven't told him to take a seat until he figures things out. It isn't his fault that the Rockies haven't changed his role in the slightest, despite struggling for the vast majority of the season.

On Friday night, immediately following the Rockies scratching out a couple of runs an inning earlier, the Rockies sent Brothers to the mound to try and hold the one-run lead. Instead, Brothers walked three batters in a row. He wasn't barely missing the zone either, he was missing by feet, not inches.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Colorado Rockies need to make tough decisions this offseason

Michael Cuddyer needs to be allowed to test the market.
If nothing else, the Colorado Rockies are a loyal bunch.

However, if Dick Monfort and his brother Charlie decide that Dan O'Dowd and company are still the best men for the job in Colorado, then they must be prepared to make some major changes on the field.

If you've followed the Rockies for any amount of time, it would come as no shocker to find out that the club is going to make a strong run at re-signing Michael Cuddyer in the offseason. While the outfielder/first baseman certainly is a very good player, the Rockies have no use for an aging veteran who really has no strong defensive position, and is becoming injury prone.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Colorado Rockies need to try and get Corey Dickerson enough plate appearances to qualify for batting title

Corey Dickerson can crush the ball.
Predictability is boring. The Colorado Rockies are the definition of predictable.

When Juan Nicasio climbed to the mound in the bottom of the 9th inning in San Francisco with the game tied. He predictably gave up the walk-off home run to Buster Posey to give the Giants a 4-2 win.

The Rockies had tied the game in the top of the 9th inning on a Justin Morneau double with no one out. However, the Rockies weren't able to come up with another hit, leaving the Canadian at second base and the game tied.

With September approaching, the light at the end of the tunnel is finally appearing. A miserable season two weeks ago seemed like it would never end. With Labor Day around the corner, with the rosters soon expanding, the misery that is the 2014 season will mercifully come to an end.