Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Colorado Rockies change nothing, get the same results

Tough to be a Colorado Rockies fan.
Your 2013 Colorado Rockies are a joke.

Time to quit spinning it this way or that way. Time to quit pretending this team is good enough to win the National League West. Time to stop talking about being buyers at the trade deadline. All of that is a waste of breath. This team doesn't deserve that much credit.

As the Rockies players, some of whom were begging ownership not to be sellers at the trade deadline, continued down the exact same path that helped them score 19 runs in 10 games before the All-Star Break, seven total runs in a series against the Cubs, then continued the trend by scoring one run against a Marlins team that wouldn't be .500 if they played in the Pacific Coast League on Monday, and finally doubled down on the strategy in a two run effort in Tuesday night's loss.

The Marlins have now notched 1/7th of their road wins against the Rockies. That isn't the mark of a team that is a contender.

Many people wonder the same thing. Why do the Rockies seem to play so well out of the gate in April, only to hit the skids in May, get worse in June, and continue the downward spiral in July? Why does that trend happen every year? The answer is simple.

The answer to that question is the same answer to the question of why a certain prospect did so well in his first two weeks in the big leagues, then faded away, and eventually was released, or bounced back-and-forth between the big leagues and the minors without really making an impact. Advanced scouts.

Prospects can come to the big leagues and make it look like they are Cooperstown bound. It happens all the time. Then, after a few solid weeks, they come back to earth. The reason is because no one knows who they are when they come up. Pitchers challenge them with fastballs, their weaknesses haven't been exposed. However, after the scouts see them a few times, break down their at-bats on film and start making a plan, the weaknesses in their swing start to get exposed. If a player can't hit an outside slider, it won't take long for scouts to figure it out.

The same is true for the Rockies. The scouts have figured them out. Each batter has a weakness, and the opposition is exposing it. For the prospects who turn out to be All-Stars, they adjust back to the scouting. They figure out what pitchers are throwing them and figure out how to either foul it off until that pitcher is forced to challenge them, or lay off of it and take free bases until pitchers get sick of walking them.

The Rockies offense is the prospect who never figured it out, who never adjusted back to what the scouts had used to combat their success. They haven't changed their approach. They haven't improved their game to be better against those pitches, they simply flail at the plate and wonder what went wrong.

No better evidence can be provided than the fact that Jose Fernandez, who to his credit looks like he is going to be a very good Major League pitcher, was at 80 pitches after six innings of work. That means the Rockies lineup was seeing an average of less than 14 pitches per inning from a guy who has a grand total of 19 big league appearances under his belt. This is a guy who was born in 1992, just for some reference.

Why let a guy who has never seen this lineup, a guy who has never pitched at Coors Field, get away with throwing that few of pitches? Make him work. Foul pitches off. Make him throw strikes. Of course it is easy to sit on a laptop and critique guys who make their living smoking fastballs to center field, but these guys are professional hitters, the least they can be asked to do is give a professional at-bat.

The Rockies look like that kid in high school who showed up to science class without his project. Everyone else spent hours on theirs, making sure it looked good, but this kid completely forgot that there was even an assignment. They aren't prepared. They aren't making adjustments. There is no accountability.

There will be many frustrated Rockies fans calling for them to sell at the deadline. People will be talking about trading Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez and anyone else that could be sold. The problem is, even if the Rockies were going to make drastic changes on the field, does anyone who has watched this team in recent years really want the guys running this team currently to pull the trigger on the prospects that they would be demanding in return? Does anyone who has watched this team develop young players want to see them in charge of developing the talented young players that would come back in return? The answer to both questions is no.

The fact is, until there is some real accountability in the Rockies front office, in their clubhouse, on their coaching staff and everywhere else within the organization, their simply won't be greatness. Sure, they can catch lightning in a bottle every few years and max out their talent at the same time and go on some runs, but until someone stands up and demands greatness, this organization will continue to be the kid in class who has all the talent in the world, but just can't pay attention for long enough to really learn anything.

The idea that this team should be buyers is ludicrous. This team has enough talent to win a bad National League West division. They don't need any additions. They need the people who are already in the organization and on the team to decide that it is time to win. That isn't happening, and frankly, there are no signs of it happening anytime soon.

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21 comments:

  1. Excellent article. Right on the money. It is obvious that there is poor management at every level of this organization.

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  2. i agree wholeheartdly this team is on a spiral and it's straight down. not to take anything away from the marlins but did you see how much fun they were having last night. the pitcher fernandez was smiling after every out which there were many from the rockies. shame,shame, on the rockies players and coaches for such a lackluster team with no proper guidance or at least a winning attitude. i could go on and on and on about this team and it's poor management but it's a lost cause. playing with smoke and mirrors don't get it.

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  3. This org is so clueless. When will they offer WW an extension?

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  4. I love the Rockies, and seeing them swish at the ball all day long kills me. But as long as there are a lot of fannies in the seats at Coors Field, the Rockies don't ever have to be great. The Rockies are a business. They're so-so, and apparently that's all it takes to make it a successful business. Once the fans start staying away, maybe that will wake someone up. Not sure that will do the trick either.

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    1. The problem is the fact that Colorado is largely a destination location. We have transplants from all over this country. Those transplants will buy a large number of tickets, which results in a fannies in the seats. Just look at the Atlanta series earlier this year, or the Cubs series last week for perfect examples.

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  5. It needs to start with the Monforts. Dan O'Dowd has outworn his welcome and it's time to cut losses and get rid of him! But the sad thing is, we have such a great fan base that even when the Rockies are terrible, people are still going to the games. We can't wait until the games start looking like a Marlins home game, with 75% of the seats behind the plate empty, to start making changes but I think that's what it's going to take for the Monforts to make a move. As long as the money is coming in, what do they care?

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  6. Just once, I would like to see the fans get up and walk out during the game to protest their poor play, lack of effort and ridiculous pitching moves during a game. That would send a message!! Unfortunately, most of the fans at these games don't go there for baseball, just for the atmosphere, etc.

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  7. 29 runs in 15 games........seems almost impossible. But there it is...like a funeral shroud cloaking a coffin. The players have my deepest sympathy, slogging away in a feckless fashion engineered and controlled by people who care about money only, and are saying to real baseball fans in Colorado, f u.
    Unless owner/front office changes, things will remain the same.

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    1. that is 36 runs in past 15 games......
      72 runs in past 24 games.

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  8. Broadcast people are completely controlled by Rockie owners. So much of their commentary is junior high horseshit, I've stopped watching, listening, and now keep track by checking box scores.
    Monfort Miseries must go.

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  9. have you looked at the Rockie minor league personnel lately? Cronyism breeds not just mediocrity, but in many cases complete failure.

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  10. Kudos for you, David. You tell like it is.
    Country Club baseball sucks.

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  11. very accurate assesment of the rockies. Dan o dowd sucks but they have the players. Offensive and defensive adjustments that guys on the field need to make are not happening. Working a pitch count takes too much patience for these guys. The organzation and the press keep up the myth of poor picthing but these guys are not scoring any runs.

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  12. I concur with this article, I think toss the GM and get rid of the Monforts.

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    1. Oh BTW I bleed Purple

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    2. This will never happen as long as the fans pay to see a minor league performance. Two words to discribe this season "Astros & Marlins". We can't even beat the worst teams in baseball. So frustrating!!!

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  13. Can Cargo swing just once more at a pitch in the dirt? These Rockies are indeed "boys" of summer playing against "men" of summer on other teams. Pass out the antidepressants as they crawl back to the dugout after, oops, striking out again. Body language matters.

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  14. Watching last night was hurtfull, the stars swinging at anything that is thrown, Fielding like it was batting pratice. Some one need to kick these guys in the rear end and tell them they are being paid as professionals so play like one. I lone for the good one days when the teams played all summer for the 2 best records to go to the World Series. Pitching being a big problem, so they let the top guy go and bring the bottom guys up, what changes?

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  15. Why would this be any surprise to anyone who knows Baseball and this team. I have been stating this for years, we have ownership that doesn't know jack about baseball and have owned this team for years. They are greedy, arrogant and self serving, as long as fans continue to let this happen nothing will change. The front office is a joke, they would have been fired a long time ago in the real world. The players in the farm system, with the exception of a minuet few, are minor league players for life, blame that on the scouting system we have. Our core players are fine, so you want to trade Cargo, Tulojulio and whoever else? For who? What a complete disappointment year after year. Things will not change until SERIOUS new owners come in and clean house.

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  16. Get RID of O'DUD!!! NOW!

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  17. I am an EX season ticket holder. Had seasons since the team was born in '93. Gave them up two years ago. Refuse to support a team that doesn't care about winning, just making money. Most comments here are true: The Monforts don't have a clue about baseball. Why is Dan o'DUD still here? Walt Weiss? Nice guy. Doesn't have a clue. I think Pomeranz will go 0-20 this season. The sad part is that THEY'LL LET HIM go 0-20. Hey, they brought back Jeff Francis. What a joke!! I did go the game last night. A friend invited me. Sat in the nosebleeds. Watching Tulo strike out 3 TIMES was brutal. 5 hits against the Marlins????? No other way to say it My beloved Rockies SUCK!!!

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