Saturday, August 27, 2011

The dream ends, the Colorado Rockies are done

The reality is, the Colorado Rockies were done long ago. However, a 7-2 homestand, coupled with the collapses of Arizona and San Francisco had some believing that the team wasn't quite finished.

This fact is, this thing has been done for a long time. The Rockies simply aren't a playoff team. It is easy to forget what a playoff team actually looks like. Maybe its the purple-colored glasses for most fans, but this team isn't the same as the 2007 or 2009 Rockies playoff teams.

In both of those seasons, the Rockies started out slow, but came together as a team. They were playing great baseball for a long time. Even in 2007, when making the playoffs took winning 14-out of-15, including a play-in game, the Rockies were playing better baseball than every other team in the National League from May 22nd on.

In 2009, after Clint Hurdle was dismissed with the Rockies 15 games under .500, the Rockies went on an 11-game winning streak starting in the first week of June. From then on, they continued to play great baseball. All five starting pitchers ended up as 10-game winners.

Both seasons, the offense gelled. They were hitting with two outs, they weren't intimidated by great pitching, and they seemed to get big hits when it mattered. The bullpen was nails and in 2009, Jim Tracy put together a lineup day-in and day-out that had some semblance of consistency.

This Rockies team has simply not played to it's potential all season long. They have under performing players in each department. Jason Hammel and Aaron Cook have been disasters, nearly every hitter besides Todd Helton and Seth Smith have performed below expectations, the bullpen has given up more runs than what their talent would suggest that they would.

Beyond that, the team seems to have some clubhouse issues. When Ubaldo Jimenez was traded, Troy Tulowitzki's post game comments were not what was expected. Instead of a somber feeling of losing a friend, Tulo spoke with little disappointment. He talked more about how Jimenez hadn't pitched to expectations and that it cost the team games. It didn't make sense for the amount of benefit Jimenez had brought to the team since being called up in 2007.

The bottom line is simply that the team isn't good enough to be in the playoffs. They may have the talent that suggests that they are the best team in the National League, however, the intangible factors aren't there.

The Colorado Rockies aren't a playoff team in 2011. A late season run would be nice to build some momentum heading into 2012, but the reality is, this franchise must learn to play six months of baseball instead of three or four months.

There are 29 games remaining in the season and instead of the Rockies making a playoff run, they will be looking forward to who can prove themselves for the 2012 season.

1 comment:

  1. Start fixing the team by firing the manager, Tracy is a real dud. I mean the guy gets fired by Pittsburgh for crying out loud. We need a fiery manager (not a Lou Pinella type mental case) like maybe Larry Bowa, or a motivator like Bobby Valentine. Someone who would change the losing attitude in the clubhouse.
    Then change some players: let Cook go, at his salary there's no way he should be brought back. Trade Wiggington, as he's completely overrated, and exactly the kind of player that underperforming teams always seem to have taking up space (in case anyone is wondering "moneyball" has never won squat). Trade Hammel, I just don't think he has what it takes). Do not re-sign Ian Stewart or Spilborghs, these guys aren't major league hitters.
    And please settle on a right fielder, Smith is pretty good, let him play evey day. I love it that they claimed David Wright off waivers, didn't love that they couldn't make a deal, he's a guy who would turn off the merry go round at 3B.
    And say goodbye to Giambi as well, I hate ex-juicers and guys just looking to extend their careers, give this roster spot to a stolen base threat who can field a major league position.