|Tough to be a Colorado Rockies fan.|
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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