Monday, June 18, 2012

Colorado Rockies shutout in Detroit, time to move Guthrie

Jeremy Guthrie may have made his final start in a Rockies uniform.
On Father's Day, the Colorado Rockies had their fans crying uncle.

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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13 comments:

  1. I disagree with one point. There isn't much starting pitching help in the minors. They already have what should be minor league help either already on the staff, rehabilitating, or injured.

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    1. I think there is some value at the minor league level. Pomeranz is down there "working out the kinks" and Tulsa has Edwar Cabrera. Deeper is Tyler Matzek and even Tyler Anderson. It might take a while to get to the big league level, but there is some talent there.

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  2. If the Jays send us McDade and pay Guts contract I'd consider that a win considering the total lack of anyone to replace helton next year.

    McDade won some Minor League HR derby so thats cool

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  3. All the talent in the world at the minor league level will not help this team if there is no change in the GM and the coaching staff at the major league level. There are no more excuses for the lack of action in the off season to address an age-old issue with the pitching. It isn't like the team is poor either - spend some money and get some good pitching in here while there are still some young players in the field. O'Dowd needs to realize that you get what you pay for!!! You cannot get contending pitching when all you go after are pitchers in rehab or older!

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    1. O'Dowd just needs to go. Ditch him before he can make any other stupid trades.

      Once Dan is gone Bob, Carney, and Jim will probably be relieved of their duty.

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    2. It's called team work, I don't see it compaired to the 2007 season. Let go Rockies play ball

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    3. The purpose of a pictching coach is to help the staff and make them better. Apodaca just does not do that and he needs to go.

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  4. BTW Troy Renck is reporting that Rox want more then McDade. Switching hitting 1B with good D, good power, and a .380 OBP? Really they want more then that?

    I think Troy is probably helping out the squad with that tweet which is fine with me. But if I'm O'Dowd I'd send off Guts for McDade and cash easily.

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  5. As bad as it is now, wait for the over used bullpen to show some cracks. Then we can expect some 12-2, 10-1 kind of losses to be common.

    "Year of the Fan?"

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    1. BTW I interrupted Year of the Fan as "Year of us trying to get you guys to have a good time by giving you deals rather then a good team"

      I think the Organization knew that this year was going to be trash. Probably not this bad though.

      Anyways this makes me fear that they will give O'Dowd another go as 2013 I believe is the year they thought they'd compete

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  6. Dan O'Dowd needs to go

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  7. El Guapo de ColoradoJune 19, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Dan O'Dowd only can do, and spend, what ownership allows. That said, the Monforts appear to only hate a nickel because it's not a dime. These two have deep pockets and short arms; so, don't look for any big changes until these two sell and that is not happening any time soon. They like being MLB owners especially under Bud.

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  8. 4 man rotation with 75 pitch count and Guthrie goes to the bullpen......


    WTF is going on!!

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