Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Colorado Rockies win in extra innings as Brett Anderson shows his talent

Brett Anderson was brilliant on Wednesday night.
Give credit where credit is due.

The Colorado Rockies have been horrible, but they would have been much better had it not been for the fluke injury that Brett Anderson sustained in April, shelving him for the remainder of the first half of the season.

While Anderson has a multi-page injury history, it was still a great move for the Rockies and Dan O'Dowd to pick him up in a swap that sent Drew Pomeranz, who simply was never going to be effective as a Rockie, to the A's for a guy in Anderson who has legitimate top of the rotation stuff.

Extra innings torture for fans of the Colorado Rockies who want something to cheer for

If the Rockies were in the race, it would have been fun.
The Colorado Rockies had a game on Tuesday night.

Fans who were staring at the standings every night after the game back in April and May have forgotten that the baseball season is still going on. As far as they are concerned, some misguided emails from a pompous owner were sent out a couple of days after another disappointing season came to a conclusion.

Those who realized that the Rockies are indeed forced to play out the remainder of their schedule, were treated to an extra innings affair in which the club made several huge mistakes. None of those mistakes were bigger than in the top of the 10th inning, with runners on second and third base with one out and DJ LeMahieu at the plate with the game tied at three.

Monday, July 28, 2014

GUEST POST: History in Denver suggests that altitude shouldn't be an excuse for the Colorado Rockies

The Rockies use the altitude as an excuse.
BY: TOM OLSON

The Denver Bears and Denver Zephyrs played baseball at altitude and played the game with success.  The City of Denver (as far as I know) has not shrunk in height over the years, as some older people do.  It is still the same altitude now as it has always been.  

The climate has probably changed since the Denver Bears and Denver Zephyrs played baseball.  But, hey, climate change, that is for the politicians to debate till they are blue or red in the face.  I am not going to get into the climate.  I am not a politician, in fact I hate politics.

The facts are:  22 years prior to the Colorado Rockies being born here in Denver, the winning percentage for professional baseball in Denver was .525.  The Colorado Rockies winning percentage (including up to 7-27-2014) is .470.  That is a huge difference folks.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

GUEST POST: Arenado and Matzek lead the way for Colorado Rockies

Arenado responded well to his benching the previous night.
BY: ZACH MARBURGER

Nolan Arenado told reporters before yesterday’s game he was embarrassed by his lack of hustle in the Rockies’ win over the Pirates Friday.

Saturday, he jogged out of the batter’s box again. Everything worked out ok this time, because he kept jogging all the way home.

Arenado’s solo home run in the bottom of the seventh helped break the game wide open for the Rockies, who wiped Coors Field with Jeff Locke and the Pirates en route to their second straight 8-1 win.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

GUEST POST: Brett Anderson shows what might have been for the Colorado Rockies

Brett Anderson gave the Rockies a taste of what might have been. 
By Zach Marburger (@burchburger)

Zach Marburger is a transplant from Maryland who covers the Rockies and Nuggets as a staff writer at milehighsports.com. He also covers high school sports at CHSAAnow.com.

In the bottom of the third inning Friday, after a lengthy at-bat, Brett Anderson got reigning MVP Andrew McCutchen to rollover a 92 mph fastball for the easy 6-3 putout.

It was a great pitch by Anderson, part of a beautiful performance by the now-healthy lefty – six and a third innings, two hits, eleven groundball outs, and no runs.The Pittsburgh Pirates are no slouch at the plate (first in baseball in OBP), and Anderson has now gone 13 1/3 innings and allowed one run against them in his past two starts.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

De La Rosa is the only dependable Colorado Rockies starter, and he may soon be gone

Jorge De La Rosa may be on the move.
Jorge De La Rosa may have made his last start in a Colorado Rockies uniform.

If that is the case, it was one of his many great ones in purple pinstripes.

As trade rumors heat up, and the Rockies spiraling out of the race, De La Rosa is quickly becoming one of the top two pitchers that might be available at the trade deadline. He is a free agent at the end of the season and is showing that he might be the exact piece that a contender needs in order to shore up their rotation for a real run at the postseason.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Rock Slide: Colorado Rockies continue skip of historic proportion

Chad Bettis has been destroyed by the Rockies.
There are 53 mountains in Colorado that are over 14,000 feet.

On July 22nd, after another blown lead by the bullpen, it feels as if the Colorado Rockies have been on a 14,000 foot slide down the standings. After Tuesday night's loss, the club has lost 24-of their last-28 games.

In 2007, the Colorado Rockies reeled off 21 wins in 22 games to get to the World Series. The run was as miraculous as it was exciting. As great as that streak was, as unbelievable as it is to look back on that run, the current losing funk that the Rockies are in the midst of is equally as impressive, for the complete opposite reason.

In all three games in Pittsburgh to kick off the proverbial second half of the season, the Rockies had a lead and watched their bullpen blow the lead. The trend continued on Tuesday, as Yohan Flande gave the Rockies more than they could have asked for. Despite a line that tells the story of Flande giving up four runs in five-plus innings, much of the damage occurred when Chad Bettis came into the game with two runners on base. With his glove on his left hand, Bettis carried his kerosene in his right.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Update: Colorado Rockies reach out to fan who emailed corporate sponsor about dissolving relationship with club

Dick Monfort 
If one thing is certain, it is that the Colorado Rockies don't like bad publicity. They get upset when sports talk radio shows rip on them, and they don't like it when the Denver Post says anything negative.

That was the main reason why I wrote about an initiative that might have a sliver of a chance of forcing changes in the Rockies front office. Last Wednesday I wrote about an idea to not boycott the Rockies by not purchasing tickets and going to games, but instead, reaching out to corporate sponsors and telling them that it is time that they quit supporting the Rockies.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

GUEST POST: Bullpen and lack of offense does in the Colorado Rockies once again

Years of overuse has finally caught up to Matt Belisle.
**EDITORS NOTE: Cameron Parsons completes his Rockies Review coverage filling in for David Martin. 

BY: CAMERON PARSONS

Another strong pitching performance, this one by Tyler Matzek, was wasted by the Colorado Rockies on Sunday. 

Each game of the three game set against the Pirates, was very much the same. The Rockies would get an early lead and a strong pitching performance from the starter, only for the bullpen to blow the lead late in the game. 

For the first time in a very long time, the Rockies starters had quality starts (six or more innings pitched, less than three earned runs). Despite that, the Rockies failed to come away with a win and the bullpen continued to struggle. It is beginning to look like the only way for the Rockies to win is for the starter to pitch a complete game. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

GUEST POST: Bullpen falters again as Colorado Rockies blow another great start

Brett Anderson went seven strong innings but got the ND.
EDITORS NOTE: Cameron Parsons will continue his guest series for the entire Pittsburgh Pirates series. He is a recent graduate from Colorado State University and has been a longtime fan of the Colorado Rockies.

When Chad Bettis pitches for the Rockies, the night normally ends in a loss. Saturday was no exception.

In the 11th inning Chad Bettis came on to keep the game at a 2-2 score. On a 1-0 count, Jordy Mercer drove a ball to deep center field and out of the reach of Charlie Blackmon. Neil walker came around to score the winning run.

Friday, July 18, 2014

GUEST POST: Colorado Rockies blow great start by De La Rosa, fans should continue to support the players

De La Rosa was great, but the pen and the offense wasn't.
BY: CAMERON PARSONS

The Colorado Rockies started the second half of the season on the wrong foot. With plenty of opportunities missed, a good start from Jorge De La Rosa was wasted and the Rockies fell 4-2 to the Pirates.

Coming out of the first half of the season, De La Rosa had proven his ace status amongst the Rockies pitching staff. Friday night, De La Rosa was solid once again. He gave up only one earned run and four hits in six strong innings of work. 

The Rockies offense failed to drive in runs though and ultimately that was their downfall. The Rockies had eight hits and many opportunities due to Pittsburgh’s sloppy defense, but they struck out twelve times in the game and left 11 men on base. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Boycotting the games isn't the answer for Colorado Rockies fans, boycotting the sponsors might be

The Rockies brand needs to be a bad one.
This too shall pass.

Colorado Rockies fans are starting to wonder if that famous saying is actually true. Lately it seems that the suffering will never, ever pass.

On Tuesday, Rockies owner Dick Monfort was at it again. Instead of going off and hiding in the woods somewhere without his iPad, iPhone, or any other connection to the internet, Monfort jumped onto the airwaves on 850 KOA for a full hour with Dave Logan and Susie Wargin.

Monfort's goal in all of these interviews has been to explain his line of thinking, to ease fans minds and explain where things are going. In each of these opportunities, Monfort has tripped over his own feet and made the situation worse.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The label for Colorado Rockies owner Dick Monfort shouldn't be loyal, it should be stubborn

Dick Monfort often gets labeled as extremely loyal.
Stubbornness is often mislabeled as loyalty.

Let's get something straight, Dick Monfort may be the most loyal person on the face of the earth, but what is going on with the Colorado Rockies owner has nothing to do with loyalty, it has everything to do with stubbornness.

Throughout the P.R. disaster that Monfort has brought upon himself throughout the past week, even Monfort's most vocal opponents talk about him being a fiercely loyal person, with that as the reason for Monfort not making any changes in his front office for so many years.

The problem is, it has nothing to do with loyalty. Is Monfort good friends with Dan O'Dowd and Bill Geivett, probably. However, listen to Monfort's words. When he talks, he doesn't say that both of his top men are failing at their jobs, but they are great baseball minds, so they will be able to shift things. He doesn't talk about believing that they are the right two guys to lead this club in a different direction. He believes in them, but he believes that the Rockies are headed down the right road.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

First half mercifully comes to an end for Colorado Rockies

Brett Anderson didn't provide the outing the Rockies were hoping for.
That couldn't have come soon enough.

The Colorado Rockies skidded into the All-Star break with a terrible series against the Minnesota Twins, a lowly American League team that has nothing to look forward to after the All-Star break themselves. However, the Rockies were soundly defeated twice, looking completely outmatched.

On Sunday, the return of Brett Anderson was the big draw for Rockies apologists. This was the day in which the club got their big offseason acquisition back on the mound after over two months on the disabled list. After a freak hand injury in San Francisco, Anderson was in a familiar place in his career, watching from the disabled list.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

All Star break will be good for the Colorado Rockies and their fans

The All Star break can't come soon enough for the Rockies.
The bell is about to ring on the first half of the season for the Colorado Rockies.

This has been a heated week for the Rockies. It has been so heated, that the results on the field have been largely ignored. The sparring between fans and owner Dick Monfort created a buzz around the city that has made it feel like something has to give.

For most Rockies fans, the hope is that the club will be the ones to give, and make major changes in the front office either soon, or once the offseason arrives.

Dick Monfort told the Denver Post early in the week, before all of the emails came out, that he is the most passionate of all Rockies fans. He talked about the Rockies losses keeping him up at night and being baffled as to why this team continues to fail.

Friday, July 11, 2014

As Colorado Rockies improve, the outcry from fans must not be forgotten

Jorge De La Rosa was brilliant once again for the Rockies.
Time heals all wounds.

That should be the greatest fear for all fans of the Colorado Rockies.

In a week where Rockies owner Dick Monfort was exposed to the wrath of the fans, a week in which he had to finally stare at the reality that the status quo simply won't cut it anymore. It is a feeling that has been fueled by yet another failing season in which injuries have become an excuse once again.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

One thing is certain; the Colorado Rockies have passionate fans

The message to Dick Monfort is loud and clear.
Don't tread on Colorado Rockies fans.

Fans of the Rockies are often ridiculed. They are often told that they are more concerned with the social aspect of baseball than the actual results on the field. If the last two days are any indication, Rockies fans aren't going down without a fight.

Public enemy No.1 has become Rockies owner Dick Monfort over the past few days. First was his interview with Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, in which Monfort looked awful. Then came the story of the fan email in which Monfort completely disrespected a paying customer by telling him in broken English not to come to Coors Field.

Colorado Rockies at a crossroads after Dick Monfort feels the heat

Dick Monfort is being forced to understand Rockies fans frustration.
The statement has been made, and it seems like the message is clear.

Patrick Saunders sat down with Dick Monfort on Tuesday afternoon to do an interview in which Saunders asked some very pointed questions. Monfort was gracious enough to do the interview, but the results were probably not what he was looking for.

While Monfort is a seemingly very good man, the one thing that he lacks more than baseball knowledge is eloquence. The Colorado Rockies owner came across very disconnected. He seemed displeased with the current results on the field, but clearly had no idea how those results came about.
The situation prompted a fan from Grand Junction to post to Twitter the response that he got from a response survey he took after driving his family four hours across the mountains to spend their 4th of July at Coors Field.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Dick Monfort's interview with Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post is revealing

Dick Monfort seems like a very nice guy. He just doesn't know baseball.
On the field, the Colorado Rockies won their fourth game in 22 chances. That alone should be enough to celebrate.

However, more pressing news came as Dick Monfort broke his silence and sat down with Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post.

The interview was both revealing, damning, and gave Rockies fans a little bit of a reason to be hopeful.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Don't expect changes no matter how bad things get for the Colorado Rockies

Tyler Matzek was better than his line suggested on Monday.
Apparently Major League Baseball likes to torture Colorado Rockies fans.

Down 6-1 with no chance to catch up to the lowly San Diego Padres at Coors Field on Monday, the rains came down and it looked like fans might be spared the torture of watching the final two innings of another miserable game. Instead, after nearly one hour, play resumed and the Rockies predictably went through the motions and got the game over with.

The bad news comes later, but the good news comes in an unexpected form for anyone who may have not watched the game, but checked out the box score later.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

As trade deadline approaches, Colorado Rockies would be crazy to deal Jorge De La Rosa

Trading De La Rosa would be a mistake for the Rockies.
The Colorado Rockies season is over. No one is arguing that they have any chance anymore.

With another season in the books well before the All-Star break, the Rockies are in a position to have the rest of the league pick through their roster and try to find a hidden gem that might lead their team to the playoffs.

The Rockies would be smart to make moves, and frankly, no one should be untouchable when a team is as bad as the Rockies. However, this is a team that needs to make smart moves, not just salary dumping moves that bring in fringe prospects that the club hopes to develop.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

De La Rosa does it again as Colorado Rockies only win with him on the mound

Can De La Rosa pitch everyday for the Rockies?
The Colorado Rockies like to use unconventional wisdom in their front office.

Maybe they can go back to the baseball thoughts of the early 1900's when a team had one starting pitcher and he pitched complete games every day, sometimes twice if there was a double header. Why would the Rockies employ this age-old practice? Because they only win games in which Jorge De La Rosa starts.

Of course that idea is a joke, but with the Rockies as bad as they have been in the past six weeks, it shows how good De La Rosa is. He has been the one consistent, uninjured, pitcher who has been able to give the Rockies a chance to win every time he takes the mound.

Apathy sets in for Colorado Rockies fans as losing continues

This is what the Rockies have successfully made fans care about.
Admit it, you don't really care anymore.

What used to anger fans of the Colorado Rockies rarely causes so much as a shrug of the shoulders anymore. What used to be appointment television, where a fan would set his or her day around watching the Rockies game has turned into not remembering what time the game even starts.

The Rockies are notorious for being extremely sensitive to criticism, however, they may long for the days when they were being ripped on by sports radio hosts. Far worse than negative press and criticism is apathy, and that is exactly the territory the Rockies are bordering on right now.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

GUEST POST: Nolan Arenado's return to Colorado Rockies lineup not enough as bullpen fails once again

Arenado's return to the lineup wasn't enough for the Rockies.
By: CAMERON PARSONS (@acmwin20 on Twitter)

The Rockies star third baseman, Nolan Arenado, returned to the lineup on Thursday night, but his return proved to be not enough for Colorado as they dropped their fourth game in a row.

From the very beginning, this game did not look good for the Rockies. Franklin Morales started for the Rockies and actually pitched much better than expected. He went five innings while giving up only two runs and kept the Rockies in this game. Zack Greinke pitched better however. He allowed two runs over 8 innings while striking out 8. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Nolan Arenado returns to Colorado Rockies on Thursday with hopes of turning season around

Arenado's slide finished off the Rockies season.
The Colorado Rockies have their famous slide, now they have their infamous slide.

When Matt Holliday slid into home, or close to it, in 2007, the Rockies were headed to the playoffs, capping an amazing comeback in an amazing game in the middle of an amazing run. On May 23rd in Atlanta, the Rockies had their infamous slide.

Nolan Arenado slammed a pitch high off of the left field wall. It was nearly a home run. However, the ball was hit so hard that it didn't get the height to leave the yard. It bounced right back to Justin Upton in left field, who fired the ball into second base. Arenado had hesitated going to second, then went, causing enough of a delay to make the play close. The Rockies third baseman slid head first, jamming his left middle finger on the base.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Colorado Rockies can't use injuries as an excuse for not trying hard

Ryan Spilborghs called out the Rockies effort.
The only thing worse than injured bodies in team sports is selfish play.

There is no doubt that the Colorado Rockies have been riddled with injuries once again. While the past few seasons have been bad, the 2014 campaign has been marred by guys going onto the disabled list. No one will ever know how this season would have gone for the Rockies had they stayed healthy. However, the reality is, the amount of injuries that the Rockies have dealt with have crippled them.

The problem is, Rockies fans are tired of the injury excuse. Why is it an excuse? The reason is simple. For the past few seasons, the team has been injured, but there has been an elephant in the room that no one wanted to talk about. When things started going bad, the Rockies didn't fight, they rolled over and gave up.