|Jeremy Guthrie may have made his final start in a Rockies uniform.|
If Jeremy Guthrie was out to make a statement that he can pitch as long as he isn't at Coors Field, he didn't do anything to drive his point home. Manager Jim Tracy made an easy choice not to return Guthrie to the mound after a rain delay following the 3rd inning.
Guthrie was unimpressive. He threw 78 pitches in those three innings, giving up four runs. It was yet another day in a Rockies uniform the righty would like to forget. In fact, it might have been Guthrie's final start in purple.
Rumors circulated late on Sunday that the Blue Jays have interest in Guthrie. At the beginning of the season, Guthrie was a guy who fans bantered about being potential trade bait if the Rockies fell out of contention. The thought was that he could garner a few prospects and help the club bolster their depleted farm system. At this point, the club would be lucky to get some salary relief in exchange for the struggling starter.
There is no other way around it. Everything that could have gone wrong for the Rockies has gone wrong. Drew Pomeranz is nowhere near returning to the big leagues. Jhoulys Chacin was a lost cause, hiding an injury from the club just long enough to hurt the team in the early going.
Injuries and a lack of performance are simply an excuse for under performance. Admittedly, the Rockies farm system is thin. When injury or under performance strike, there is little that the team can do at this point to mitigate the issue. The real talent in the farm system is still a year or so out. That means struggles at the Major League level are left to bleed with no band-aid in sight.
For Rockies fans, it is just that kind of year. It was a year that many predicted, yet the hopeful few believed that the team had a chance to actually win based on their young talent in the starting rotation, and an offense that had the potential to crush the ball around the park at any given time and at any spot in the lineup.
The bad part for fans is that it might get worse before it gets better. There is no sign of relief on the horizon. There is nothing that would suggest that things are going to change. The young starters are forced to learn at the big league level. The Rockies continue to allow them to use Coors Field as an excuse, while refusing to change anyone in any position that might rock the boat of a team destined to lose more than 90 baseball games.
That makes things frustrating. That makes for a team that is very difficult to watch. It makes the end of September feel like a very long way off. Unfortunately, the merciful end to a bad season is about all Rockies fans have to look forward to.
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