Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Losing continues for Colorado Rockies

Amazingly, it keeps getting worse for the Rockies.
It was a game the Colorado Rockies should have won. They were one out away from securing the victory before the Phillies stole one away from them, winning 7-6.

Rafael Betancourt couldn't get the final out in the bottom of the 9th inning, partly because of bad defense and partly because of poor pitch location.

After getting two quick outs, Betancourt gave up a base hit to old friend Ty Wigginton, who scored from first base on Hunter Pence's double to left field. Anyone who watched the Rockies in 2011 knew that Betancourt's biggest mistake came with one out. Instead of getting Jimmy Rollins out, Betancourt should have walked him, allowing Wigginton to do what he did so many times with the Rockies, bounce into a tailor-made double play. That is a joke, of course, but it seems like anything that can go wrong has gone wrong for the Rockies in 2012.

It seemed like the tables had turned when the Rockies scratched out a run against Jonathan Papelbon in the 9th inning. It was the first time Colorado had seen the closer since he finished them off in the final three games of the 2007 World Series. It is amazing how different things are in such a short amount of time.

The night was destined for the Rockies to win. Especially considering Jim Tracy's crazy decision to go with a limited pitch count, four man rotation with Jeremy Guthrie in the bullpen seemed to work. Guthrie came into the game in the 5th inning and pitched three innings of hitless baseball. Most Rockies fans were bracing for the Apocalypse at that point, but the earth did indeed continue to spin on it's axis.

The final run was scored when Marco Scutaro fielded a ground ball somewhat up the middle and was forced to throw to first because DJ LaMahieu was going after the ball instead of covering second base. Todd Helton awkwardly fielded the high throw to 1st base, coming off of the bag. It was a play that Helton makes 100 percent of the time. Instead, even Helton failed. When Todd Helton fails defensively in a moment like that, it speaks to just how bad things have are going for this failed team.

It's bad. It's very bad. There is not much left to say about it. The team's wagon was running on three wheels two weeks ago and is currently sitting still, with no wheels to be found.

Despite all of the losing, no change seems to be on the horizon. In fact, at this point it seems like a waste of breath to even discuss the possibility. As sickening as it may be, Rockies fans can expect the excuses to begin soon. With news of Troy Tulowitzki being out for at least two more months, standard operating procedure for Tracy will be to mention at least three times per week how decimated by injury this team has been.

The problem with that excuse is that it entirely false. The team was losing long before Tulo went on the disabled list. Jorge De La Rosa has been out all year long, and the team knew that, and should have been planning on that since May of 2011 when the lefty went under the knife.

Blaming injuries is a pathetic excuse anyway, and frankly, it is an indictment on the lack of talent that the Rockies have in their farm system. Part of winning is finding ways to deal with injuries and having the depth on the farm to be able to have someone fill in when a key player goes down.

It is a sad time for Rockies fans. There is no other way around it. There is very little to be positive about. It is hard to ignore the blatant ignorance that is oozing out of the owner's suite at Coors Field and what the lack of accountability has created in the general manager and manager's office.

Until something changes with the culture of the franchise, nothing should change in regards to the play on the field.

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  1. You're very right in saying that the new thing in post game interviews will be how the teams been hurt by injuries. There's always some sort of lame PR stunt to try and make it look like they were set to be great but things just didn't work out. It's the same played out story every year with the oddball exceptions of 07 and 09,

  2. If there was a clean sweep in management, there may still be time to salvage the season to something respectable. Sometimes new blood, new management styles, and new ideas motivate a frustrated, beleagered team into playing .500 baseball. I think most fans would be happy, at this point, to crawl back to .500 for the season! It is time for a change; at least 50,000 fans know this. Why is this lost on the management side of the Rockies??

  3. I would be happy with just a sweep of the pitching staff at this point - we did enough offensively last night to win the game if the starter hadn't given up 5 runs in 3 2/3 innings! Of course we're going to start making defensive mistakes when we don't have the confidence in our pitchers that we should. Pitching has always been an issue, why has Apodaca not been let go yet?!? I'm not a fair weather fan, but it's getting really hard to be able to stomach watching them lose anymore.