Monday, June 30, 2014

Starting over might be the best option for Colorado Rockies, but isn't the only option

Dan O'Dowd might be effective with some help.
I admit it, I am a person who believes in black and white. I am opinionated, and it is hard to convince me that I am wrong.

Those opinions also make me passionate. If I believe in something, it takes strong evidence to sway me otherwise.

For years I was a Dan O'Dowd defender. I believed that, within the constructs of what he was allowed, he had done a phenomenal job. The Colorado Rockies general manager pulled off an incredible trade in November of 2008 when he dealt Matt Holliday, a fan favorite, to the Oakland A's for Carlos Gonzalez, Huston Street and Greg Smith. At the time O'Dowd took a ton of heat from fans, but the bold move paid off as Street anchored the bullpen in 2009 and Gonzalez turned into a star.

Jorge De La Rosa and Colorado Rockies offense avoids 4-game sweep to Brewers

If the Colorado Rockies are having a tough season, don't tell Jorge De La Rosa.

The lefty picked up his eighth win of the season on Sunday, nailing down a win after his offense gave him a three run cushion in the 1st inning.

Jorge De La Rosa always gives the Rockies a fighting chance.
For De La Rosa, the outing wasn't particularly special. Frankly, the Rockies ace has had a few outings in 2014 that seemed like he had to work a little harder to get the outs. A few more times this year, De La Rosa hasn't had the smooth sailing-type of outings that become commonplace in 2013.

However, oftentimes, outings like Sunday's are the best benchmark for how good a pitcher really is. De La Rosa's line doesn't look phenomenal. He gave up four runs on four hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked two. Four runs in six innings isn't a great outing, but there is something different with De La Rosa.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

No more excuses for Colorado Rockies as losing gets out of control

Dan O'Dowd should be selling used cars.
Dan O'Dowd might be the best salesperson in the state of Colorado.

Why? Because many of the most ardent fans of the Colorado Rockies aren't just trusting him, they are buying everything he says hook, line and sinker.

Open up a new tab in the browser and take a look over on Twitter. What might be expected is a string of irrational, completely emotional outbursts directed at the Rockies from fans who are fed up with the performance of this club. There are certainly plenty of those on there, but it doesn't take much digging to find those fans who aren't mad at the club, they are actually still very impressed with them.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Tyler Matzek may be Colorado Rockies biggest bright spot of 2014

Tyler Matzek was great on Friday night for the Rockies in a loss.
There is no need to rehash the clown baseball that took place on Friday night in Milwaukee.

The game can be summarized in a quick statement. The ineptitude of the Colorado Rockies knows no limit. This team's struggles start at the top and leak all the way down to the very core of the management, players, pitchers, batboys, replay specialists, trainers, video coordinators and any other position that is associated with the Rockies. They are pathetic.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Another day, another loss for the Colorado Rockies as all hope has been lost

O'Dowd can't lose his job.
The Colorado Rockies have hit a new low.

Annually, when the end of July rolls around, the eyes of Colorado shift away from the boys of summer and fully focus on the training camp activities of their beloved Denver Broncos. It really doesn't matter if the Rockies are in great shape or if they have been out of it for a month, the Broncos always have, and always will, rule the town.

However, in 2014, the eyes of Denver have fully turned to the Broncos even earlier than they normally do. This year the Rockies have become nearly unwatchable. Their quick demise, one that has seen them win just nine of their past 33 games, has put them in a position where it doesn't make sense to waste three hours a night watching them.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The downward spiral continues for Colorado Rockies in ugly loss

Don't expect these guys to go anywhere in the offseason.
What is left to be said?

At the risk of completely repeating every piece that has been written about these brutal Colorado Rockies throughout June, there simply isn't anything left to be talked about.

On Wednesday, despite having their fifth starter from Colorado Springs on the mound making his big league debut, the Rockies couldn't hold a late lead and dropped the game and the series to the Cardinals 9-6. The Rockies got five decent innings from Yohan Flande, which is all they could ask for from a guy who sported an ERA above 7.00 in Triple-A.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Colorado Rockies break losing streak behind Justin Morneau's huge night

Justin Morneau has returned to his MVP form.
Justin Morneau has enjoyed his move to the Mile High City.

The Coors Field effect might be something that Colorado Rockies fans get sick of hearing about, but if that is what is helping Morneau return to the 2006 form that earned him the American League MVP award, Rockies fans will be willing to hear about it all year long.

On Tuesday night, with the Rockies in the midst of a seven-game losing streak, Morneau loaded the Rockies onto his shoulders and swung his way to a victory. The lefty went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and six RBIs. His 4th inning 3-run home run that was as high as it was far was the turning point in a game that could have gotten out of hand for the Rockies.

Monday, June 23, 2014

GUEST POST: Lance Lynn shows the Colorado Rockies how it's done at Coors Field

Lance Lynn dominated the Rockies on Monday night.

Shutting out the Colorado Rockies at home is not an easy thing to do, but Lance Lynn and the Cardinals bullpen showed it can be done. 

On a night where the Rockies pitching had to be tight, they faltered once again and allowed eight runs. Jhoulys Chacin gave up five runs on only four hits, but he also allowed three walks and hit a batter. The trouble for Chacin was inconsistency inning to inning and he just couldn’t seem to keep momentum. Chacin was perfect the first two innings, but gave runs up the next three innings to allow the Cardinals to take an early lead. 

Time for fans to accept that it is going to be a long summer for the Colorado Rockies

Corey Dickerson has been a bright spot in 2014.
Good news, Colorado Rockies fans, spring training is only 235 days away!

That statement is sarcastic and condescending, but this is the time of year when the unrealistic Rockies fans come out. It is the time when fans point to the fact that the Rockies, despite their struggles, are still just a few games back of that final wild card position.

The worst thing about the additional wild card has been that it keeps a false hope alive for bad baseball teams like the Colorado Rockies. Rockies fans are going to point to Nolan Arenado returning, Tyler Chatwood and Brett Anderson returning to the starting rotation, and Carlos Gonzalez coming back from a strange finger injury and help the Rockies get back to where they need to be.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Problem for the Colorado Rockies isn't just the pitching, it's the culture

This was the scene at Coors Field on Saturday.
Cue the circus music.

Since 1993, the Colorado Rockies are no strangers to embarrassing themselves, but they may have hit a new low on Saturday at Coors Field.

In the top of the 3rd inning, with the bases loaded, spot starter Christian Friedrich threw a pitch over catcher Michael McKenry's head. The cross up didn't allow McKenry time to catch the pitch, and the ball bounded off of the brick wall behind home plate. One run scored on the wild pitch, then another came around when McKenry attempted to throw the ball to Friedrich, covering the plate, but overthrew him. With the ball rolling near the dugout and the second run in, Friedrich picked up the ball and looked angry as he walked back to the infield. However, Jean Segura, now at third base on the passed ball and throwing error decided to make a run for it. He slid in to home just before Friedrich could tag him, giving the Brewers three runs on one wild pitch.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Time for the Colorado Rockies to change their model

Coors Field isn't an easy place to pitch.
Classic Coors Field.

That is what many people say after yet another football score at Coors Field. The Colorado Rockies lost to the Milwaukee Brewers by a field goal on Friday night, 13-10. It was the type of score that has been seen at Coors Field for the past 20 seasons.

When the weather warms up, the balls dry up and the air and altitude combine for the perfect run-scoring scenario. There is no denying that Coors Field is a phenomenal place to hit the baseball, and a very tough place to pitch.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Tony Gwynn's death shows Major League Baseball's double standard

Tony Gwynn's death sheds a light on tobacco use in baseball.
On Tuesday the baseball world was jolted with the news. Tony Gwynn, one of the best hitter's in the history of the game, had died.

A few years back it was announced that Gwynn was battling throat cancer. The cause? Years and years of chewing tobacco.

For the past 15 years, the focus in Major League Baseball has been on the use of performance enhancing drugs. It has been on the hallowed records in the game that are threatened by players who are willing to risk their health and their their reputation for the chance to play well enough to earn a multi-million dollar, life changing contract.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Clayton Kershaw strikes out 15 while throwing no-hitter against Colorado Rockies

Clayton Kershaw threw his first-ever big league no-hitter .
There was only one reason to stay awake until the end of the Colorado Rockies game in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. It had nothing to do with the final score.

Through six innings, the question was whether or not Clayton Kershaw was going to throw a perfect game or not. After a Hanley Ramirez error on a Corey Dickerson ground ball, the question became whether Kershaw would keep the no-hitter. That question was answered when Dickerson returned to the plate with two outs in the 9th inning. Fittingly, on a breaking ball, Kershaw struck out Dickerson, his 15th of the night, to secure the first no-hitter of what is shaping up to be a phenomenal career.

They had their chances, but Colorado Rockies can't get it done against Grienke and the Dodgers

The Rockies couldn't get the big hit on Tuesday.
Close doesn't cut it in Major League Baseball.

The Colorado Rockies found that out the hard way on Tuesday night against Zack Grienke and the Los Angles Dodgers.

The Rockies offense did what good teams do against a great pitcher like Grienke. They drove the pitch count up early. The guys at the plate were taking good at-bats, working counts, fouling off pitches and making Grienke work hard. They weren't racking up the hits, but they forced the Dodgers highest paid player to throw 117 pitches in six innings of work.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Tyler Matzek can't duplicate debut as Colorado Rockies bats fall short in Los Angeles

Plenty to be excited about for Rockies fans with Matzek.
It couldn't last forever.

The Colorado Rockies came into Monday night's game riding a five game winning streak. The streak started with Tyler Matzek's Major League debut last Wednesday when the rookie pitched into the 8th inning, propelling the Rockies to a victory.

Are the Rockies coming out of the dark tunnel?

The Rockies’ recent performance has proved how quickly things can turn around in Major League Baseball – just over a month ago the boys were flying high as a previously unrecognized contender for the postseason, then they couldn’t win a game, then shocked everyone with a sweep of the San Francisco Giants over the weekend.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Sweep in San Francisco; Colorado Rockies improbably sweep Giants on the road

It was Justin Morneau's turn to provide the heroics on Sunday.
Even the most optimistic of Colorado Rockies fans weren't expecting this.

Not only did the Rockies finish off the three-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants on the road on Sunday, they completed the trifecta of coming back from behind in all three games, winning them in impressive fashion.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Brandon Barnes races to game-winning, inside-the-park home run as Colorado Rockies improbably rally again

Brandon Barnes hit the game winning homer, an inside-the-park job.
The Colorado Rockies have forgotten that they are on the road.

With the Rockies down a run with one out to go, Brandon Barnes punched a Sergio Romo pitch to center field with the tying run on first base. When Angel Pagan badly misplayed the ball, trying to catch it when it bent away from him, the first thought was that in AT&T Ballpark, with that gap, and with Barnes hustle, there was a chance for an inside-the-park home run.

Colorado Rockies pick up improbable win in San Francisco behind late rally and strong bullpen performance

Ryan Wheeler put together a huge pinch hit RBI single in the 9th.
Seven runs? Seven runs in San Francisco? In one game?

Colorado Rockies fans who couldn't stay up late enough to watch the end of the game on Friday night will wake up to a huge surprise on Saturday morning when they check the score.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Passion comes out as Colorado Rockies blow out Braves behind another good outing from Jhoulys Chacin

Walt Weiss showed emotion on Thursday.
Thank you, Walt.

During his first full season, one of the criticisms of Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss was that he never got tossed from a game. In fact, in situations where he needed to show some emotion and kick some dirt, or even get in front of a star player, Weiss was nowhere to be found.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Tyler Matzek shines in unforgettable Major League debut for Colorado Rockies

Tyler Matzek was phenomenal in his Major League debut.
It's been a long, windy road for Tyler Matzek.

The former No.1 draft pick of the Colorado Rockies way back in 2009 was once thought to be the savior of the franchise. He was going to be the first ace that the Rockies developed. It was a shock that Matzek dropped all the way to 11th overall. He threw in the mid-to-upper 90's in high school and looked to be on the fast track to the big leagues.

Landslide continues for Colorado Rockies as Juan Nicasio does his best impression of the bullpen

There was plenty for Juan Nicasio to be frustrated about.
With all of the Colorado Rockies struggles for the past month, many have pointed to Juan Nicasio being a prime candidate to become a one-inning bullpen guy.

By the looks of his outing on Tuesday night, he would fit right in with those guys. In the 1st inning, he did his best Rex Brothers impression, giving up seven runs in the frame.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Here come the excuses for the Colorado Rockies

Christian Bergman was great in his Major League debut.
If the Colorado Rockies stay healthy. If this team finds a way to keep guys off of the disabled list. Last year was sabotaged by injuries. This year they are going to be healthy.

Those are all things that the typical Rockies fan gets used to hearing every year. Those types of statements start flying about the same time the club starts to crash and burn in the standings every single season.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Homestand shows why Colorado Rockies must find a way to win on the road

There was no winning against Clayton Kershaw on Sunday.
The Colorado Rockies road struggles are baffling. There are theories, but nothing to nail down why the Rockies have struggled on the road for 21-plus years.

The struggles have become so prevalent, that the idea that the Rockies must simply accept that they struggle on the road and win as many games as they can at home. The problem with that theory is that the club will never contend if they can't figure out how to win in someone else's ballpark.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Colorado Rockies finally break losing streak behind Chacin's return to form and Barnes walk-off winner

Brandon Barnes provided the walk-off win on Saturday.

It took 10 innings, but the Colorado Rockies can breathe a little easier. When Brandon Barnes drove a two out, 10th inning pitch from Chris Perez into the right-center field corner, scoring Justin Morneau from 1st base, giving the Rockies not only a victory, but a reprieve from a losing streak that has changed the course of their season.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Eddie Butler shows talent, but struggles in Major League debut for Colorado Rockies

Eddie Butler got knocked around, but showed promise in his debut.
With his new team needing CPR, Eddie Butler was called in to be the lifeguard. The problem is, he hasn't taken the certification tests yet.

The Colorado Rockies got to see first-hand what Butler is all about. He throws three strong pitches, a sinking fastball, a changeup and a slider that are all Major League material. The right-hander clearly has good stuff, but it wasn't good enough on Friday night. The storybook first start didn't exist for Butler, who took the loss in his first big league game.

Another day, another loss for the Colorado Rockies

Juan Nicasio isn't a starter. He belongs in the bullpen.
As bad as the Colorado Rockies nine game road trip was, the first three games of their 10-game homestand might be worse.

Thursday night's 12-7 debacle underscores exactly why this team doesn't have the means to make a run. It highlights all of the weaknesses that this team has and shows what the offensive outburst through the first six weeks of the season hid.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Rock Bottom? Colorado Rockies lose another gut wrencher, exposing huge issues

Rockies fans want the old Rex Brothers back.
Forget it, pack it in, the Colorado Rockies are done.

Too harsh? Prove me wrong. I'd love to see someone give a solid reason as to why this Rockies team has a fighting chance to crawl back into the race. Sure, they are just two games under .500 after the latest disaster, but the reality is, that record doesn't speak to the true issues that this Rockies team has.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

With season slipping away, Colorado Rockies make bold move, turn to Eddie Butler

Eddie Butler finally got the call. He starts on Friday for the Rockies.
The Colorado Rockies front office is painfully patient.

That should give a pretty good idea as to how important this homestand is for the Rockies. With the season hanging in the balance, and the clock on the Franklin Morales experiment coming to an end, the Rockies front office finally pulled the trigger. On Friday night, highly touted starting pitching prospect Eddie Butler will start on the mound for the Rockies.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Is it time for the Colorado Rockies to start building for next year?

Time for Bill Geivett to shake things up for the Rockies.
It is going to take a minor miracle for the Colorado Rockies to make the playoffs.

One bad road trip and suddenly a fan base that was injected with optimism is jumping from the bandwagon as if it is filling up with smoke and flames. When things go bad for the Rockies, they go bad in a hurry.

Suddenly a team that looked like it didn't have any holes whatsoever now has far too many holes to count. The starting rotation is broken and battered. A guy who once looked to be the future long-term ace of this franchise, Jhoulys Chacin, has been terrible in his return. Juan Nicasio and Franklin Morales have been anything but the model of consistency, and without a major surprise from Jordan Lyles, this rotation would be Jorge De La Rosa followed by four games of hoping for an eight-run night from the offense.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Time is now for big and bold moves for the Colorado Rockies

It's time to see what Tyler Matzek can do in the big leagues.
Paging Jhoulys Chacin. Mr. Chacin, please pick up a white courtesy telephone.

On Sunday, in what might go down as the worst road trip in Colorado Rockies history (and that is saying something), the Rockies supposed ace looked like the kid on your 11-year-old team who forgot he had a game that day and showed up a couple of minutes before the first pitch.