|Pomeranz showed the he belongs in the big leagues.|
Dan O'Dowd must feel really good about his excuse-laden diatribe that he went on during a season ticket holder conference call on Wednesday. In the call he made it very clear that Coors Field simply is playing differently than it has in the past. He said that traditional baseball just doesn't work there. Pitching in the park is impossible, according to O'Dowd.
Well, Kip Wells might disagree. The former Rockie, former Royal, former Cardinal, but mostly former minor leaguer who has a career record of 68-100 pitched seven shutout innings against the Rockies on Sunday. The shutout came on a hot, dry day at Coors Field, when the ball usually flies out of the park.
The seven innings that Wells threw were good enough to net a victory, as the Rockies couldn't scratch a run across the plate. They had just six hits against the righty. The win was Wells' first since 2009 when he wore a Cincinnati Reds uniform.
Wells is the definition of bad. He hasn't had a good season since he went 10-9 in 2003 with the Pirates. He posted a ERA of 3.28 that year. However, he posted just one more season in the four's after that and has been dreadful in most seasons.
As much as O'Dowd felt his theory crumble with Wells on the mound, Drew Pomeranz also did his part to prove that Coors isn't the problem. In his return to the big leagues, Pomeranz threw six innings of two hit baseball. He gave up only one run, which was unearned. He threw 80 pitches, and had 11 ground ball outs as opposed to four outs in the air.
It was a great outing for Pomeranz. He proved once again that he belongs in the big leagues. His time at Colorado Springs was reportedly for him to work on his release point and gain some velocity back. Neither of those things look much different in his return, but two hit baseball over the course of six innings is pretty good no matter who the team on offense is.
However, a bad year continues to get worse. More troubling than the losses has been the unfolding of the front office. The blatant excuse making, and the acceptance of mediocrity. If the Rockies were losing and the front office showed embarrassment and determination to get better, it certainly would feel better to the fans. Instead, they greet each day with a seemingly new excuse for why they didn't win the night before. They believe that the external factors--things out of their control--are hindering them from winning and most likely will prevent them from winning in the future. That is a bad sign for fans. Far worse than failing to scratch a run across against Kip Wells.
The Rockies may be losing on the field, but the players aren't losing nearly as badly as the front office is.
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