Thursday, July 12, 2012

Colorado Rockies will be better in the second half. Count on it.

Drew Pomeranz is a bright spot in the Rockies 2nd half.
Every bit of criticism that the Colorado Rockies have received has been well deserved. It is extremely difficult to find any positives in this horrible season. In fact, the truth is, the Rockies probably deserve even more criticism than what blogs, newspaper articles, and local radio shows have thrown their way.

This is a terrible team. It isn't just the players on the field. It is a top-to-bottom failure. From ownership to the scouting department to the players on the field, this franchise has been terrible.

The good news is, however, the worst is behind the 2012 Rockies.

Most people think that is a crazy statement. Most who follow the club know that the trend suggests that the team that is on pace to lose 100 games for the first time in franchise history is only going to get worse as the season goes on.

However, that might not be the case. In all of the losing, the talent on this team is starting to surface. Instead of pitchers like Jamie Moyer wasting innings for the Rockies, the team is letting it's young talent gain valuable experience. Jeremy Guthrie, another albatross in the Rockies staff, should soon be shipped off to a team looking for another arm for the stretch.

As bad as the rotation has been in the first half of the season, there is reason to believe that they will be much better in the second half. The fact is, the rotation is better with Drew Pomeranz and Christian Friedrich than it  was with Moyer and Guthrie on Opening Day.

Jhoulys Chacin should be back within a month and at some point, Juan Nicasio will return from his knee injury that has gone from a minor setback to something that eliminated nearly half of his season.

The only thing holding those four pitchers back is the Rockies crazy four-man, 75-pitch limit rotation. If that goes out the window, which is debatable, the young talent is a huge reason for hope. There is a ton of talent among those four pitchers, and there is depth in the form of Alex White, and frankly, the addition of Jeff Francis has far better than anyone could have expected when he was picked up.

The main source of the Rockies struggles has been their starting rotation. With the young pitchers starting to figure things out and gain more experience, the second half has potential to be better.

The pitchers have been the big issue, but the lineup should also continue to improve, which will only help. Wilin Rosario is showing that he has a Major League bat. Pitchers continue to try and throw fastballs by him, and he continues to show them that they made a mistake for trying. He struggles with sliders, but should also see improvement with more at-bats.

The other young hitters are also gaining much-needed experience. Jordan Pacheco, while not hitting for the desired power for a corner position, is giving the Rockies much more than they could have expected. His defense is improving, and he gives solid at-bats in the bottom half of the lineup.

The biggest area of improvement will come when Troy Tulowitzki returns from injury. The shortstop's season has been sabotaged by his groin injury, but returning healthy should allow him to be the Troy Tulowitzki that finished in the top five of the NL MVP voting the past two seasons.

A healthy, hitting Tulowitzki means better pitches for an already on-fire Carlos Gonzalez. If CarGo can hit at .330 with Tulowitzki either not in the lineup or not at his best, things can only get better when Tulo is healthy and hitting in front of him.

Make no mistake, this Colorado Rockies team is finished. They are going nowhere and they will finish well short of .500. There are still major issues plaguing the front office, starting with Dan O'Dowd and trickling down to Jim Tracy. The excuse mindset has crept in and is something that needs to be removed in the offseason. However, there is still reason to believe that the 2012 Rockies will improve. Despite the ineptitude of the front office, this team should be much better than it was in the first half.

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1 comment:

  1. Tulo hits BEHIND CarGo in the lineup..

    Just saying