Monday, September 22, 2014

Failure to make changes might hurt the Colorado Rockies more than they think

Dick Monfort simply doesn't get it.
Dick Monfort is fiercely loyal. Nearly everyone agrees on that.

That is what everyone says about the Colorado Rockies owner. That is why he hasn't done what the owners of 27 other teams have done, some several times, since he hired Dan O'Dowd to be the general manager of the Rockies. Since 1999, when O'Dowd was brought on board, all but two teams have fired their GM's. Both of those teams, the Yankees and the Giants, have won multiple World Championships under their current GM.

The Rockies, however, haven't come close to winning two World Series in that time. In fact, over that course of time, O'Dowd's Rockies have only had four winning seasons. They have been to the playoffs just twice, and they have failed to win a National League West title. In the same amount of time, every other team in the NL West has won that division at least twice.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Colorado Rockies finish off home schedule with a sweep of the Diamondbacks

Coors Field closed it's doors for the season on Sunday.
Believe it or not, the Colorado Rockies played a game on Sunday.

It might seem hard to believe, as the entire focus of the Denver sports scene was on the Denver Broncos trip to Seattle to avenge their Super Bowl blowout loss.

Strangely, the Rockies had more success over the weekend than the Broncos did. The Rockies got a good pitching performance from Christian Bergman, who went 5-2/3 innings, giving up two runs on six hits. He only threw 67 pitches before giving way to Franklin Morales after giving up a two run bomb to Mark Trumbo.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Eddie Butler shines in return to Colorado Rockies rotation

Much of the hope for the Colorado Rockies immediate future rests on Eddie Butler's right arm.

On Saturday, Butler gave far more reason for excitement than he did in his lone big league start back in June. His six innings of one-run baseball was impressive, even if it came against the one team int he National League worse than the Rockies.

Butler only struck out one, but he got eight outs by ground ball and four by fly ball. The lone run that he gave up was on a home run to Jake Lamb. He wiggled out of trouble on two occasions. In the end, Butler threw just 81 pitches in his six innings before the Rockies decided to hand the ball to the bullpen.

It was a very impressive performance from the guy who the Rockies need to be the real deal. It was the type of performance that many Rockies fans had envisioned seeing throughout June and July, not for the first time in September.

Michael Cuddyer wows with his bat as Colorado Rockies avoid 100 losses

Michael Cuddyer is fun to watch, but should the Rox re-sign him?
Crisis averted.

The Colorado Rockies will not lose 100 games, as so many had predicted that they would. A 15-2 drubbing of the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field ensured that the most they can lose is 99 games. Two more wins in their final nine games will keep them from posting a franchise-worst record.

The hero on Friday night was Michael Cuddyer, who provided plenty of fireworks for the fans long before the actual fireworks display started. In the 6th inning he connected for a grand slam. The ball was a no-doubter deep into the left field seats. In the following inning he came back to the plate with the bases jammed again. This time he drilled a 1-1 pitch into the left-center gap for a bases-clearing double.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Colorado Rockies win on Wilin Rosario walk-off home run

Wilin Rosario has the power to be a big impact bat.
What might have been.

That is the phrase that fans of the Colorado Rockies have been saying all season long when it comes to Wilin Rosario. Throughout the course of the season, the catcher has proven to be yet another disappointment in a long line of disappointing catching prospects for the Rockies.

Heading into the 2014 season, many fans were excited to see what kind of progress the catcher would make, both at the plate and behind it. After two full seasons in the big leagues, history suggests that a catcher finally takes the next step forward.

The problem, however, is that Rosario not only didn't take the next step forward, he took one back. Starting on Opening Day when he couldn't get on the same page with Jorge De La Rosa, and continuing all season long, Rosario has been not just an average catcher, or a bad catcher, he has been brutal.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Are the affiliate changes signs of even bigger changes for Colorado Rockies?

The Rockies said goodbye to the Sky Sox.
Goodbye, Colorado Springs. Nice knowing you. Goodbye, Tulsa. It was fun while it lasted. See ya later, Pasco, good luck in the future.

The Colorado Rockies announced big changes on Wednesday, moving their two top level minor league affiliates from Colorado Springs and Tulsa and signing on with Albuquerque and New Haven, Connecticut respectfully. The new Single-A affiliate is yet to be determined.

The move comes as a slight surprise. Colorado Springs specifically has been the Rockies Triple-A affiliate from the beginning. The one hour drive up I-25 has been a very convenient trip for the players shuttling back-and-forth between the two teams.

Going away from Colorado Springs is something that has been coming for quite some time. The relationship between the two clubs has seemed to be at odds for a long time. For at least 10 years, the Rockies have had issues with the playing field at Security Service Field. If the playing surface wasn't bad enough, the altitude, something that concerns the Rockies greatly, has never been a good fit for the Rockies.

Colorado Rockies 2015 starting rotation might not be all that bad

Tyler Matzek was good again on Tuesday night.
In the midst of all of the negative, a few things positive might be coming out for the Colorado Rockies.

On Tuesday night at Coors Field, Tyler Matzek proved that his recent success wasn't simply because he was facing bad teams. The rookie went 5-1/3 innings, giving up just two runs. He gave up 11 hits, but was good enough to wiggle off of the hook and only give up the two runs, both of which came in the 6th inning.

Matzek continues to shine. The Dodgers team that he kept off balance is one that is likely to cruise into the postseason. They have four outfielders capable on starting on the majority of big league rosters, but simply can't find them all enough playing time. They also have one of the emerging forces in big league baseball in Yasiel Puig. However, Matzek wasn't shaken.