Saturday, July 23, 2011

Momentum, no thanks. Colorado Rockies rolled by Diamondbacks

A night after playing arguably their best road game of the season, the Colorado Rockies were looking to build some momentum.

Instead, they watched Jason Hammel continue his downward spiral. This was probably the worst outing of his career. Before recording an out in the first inning, the right-hander had given up four runs. He escaped the inning after giving up five, but saying he didn't have it would be a gross understatement.

It is crazy at this point to think that Hammel was the second best pitcher that the Rockies had through the middle of May. His win-loss record wouldn't say that, but he was keeping opponents off balance all season to that point. His problem was that the offense was in the middle of not knowing how to score more than a run or two per game, therefore Hammel's record suffered.

It is not a secret anymore, Rocktober has officially been cancelled, with no refund policy.

The big event in Denver that fans have been preparing for and planning as if it was a foregone conclusion is not going to happen. Coors Field will close it's doors in September, a month before it was supposed to.

Any hope that the Rockies have of making a run at the San Francisco Giants is going to live and die with the team's starting pitching. Based on the way the starting pitching has gone over the past month or so suggests that the Rockies are not going to be gaining games on the Giants, let alone overtake them.

Aaron Cook, despite a decent outing on Friday, has not been a huge surprise. He hasn't been the same pitcher for well over a year. However, Hammel's struggles are a big surprise. Before the 2011 season, Hammel looked like he could be a candidate for a great season. After a great April and May, Hammel hasn't been able to find it.

Hammel is showing his pitches early. It is very easy to determine if the pitch is a fastball or off-speed pitch right out of the hand. It almost seems as if Hammel is aiming his breaking pitches, hoping to get them over.

It has been said many, many times, but this Colorado Rockies season is going to go down in the books as the most disappointing season in the history of the franchise. It will be interesting to see how fans are going to react in the offseason when it comes to purchasing tickets and being excited about the 2012 version of the Rockies. The club is going to have to be very careful how much they hype the team.

For now, the best thing about watching the Rockies will be seeing how the future of the team plays. Hopefully at some point the club will bring up Wilin Rosario from Double-A. He is the most likely in the next round of catchers who the Rockies are excited about. He may be the first who doesn't let expectations down.

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