Sunday, August 31, 2014

Lackluster offense continues to doom Colorado Rockies on the road, will the team trade their stars?

Is it time for the Rockies to deal Tulowitzki?
When the team scores seven runs, fans get tacos for a discounted price. That is the Taco Bell promotion that has run for years for the Colorado Rockies.

After a miserable road trip, the question must be asked, can that promotion be used for the entirety of a road trip. The Rockies return to Coors Field on Monday after scoring just 12 runs throughout the entire road trip. Not in one game, for the entire trip. Thinking about plating seven runs in one game is an absolute joke.

You can't win if you don't score.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Tyler Matzek shines as Colorado Rockies pick up rare win in pitching duel

Tyler Matzek was great on Saturday.
A silver lining in the black, dark sky that is the Colorado Rockies season, Tyler Matzek took another step forward on Saturday night in Arizona.

The rookie went seven strong innings, giving up just three hits and three walks. He struck out four, but most importantly, he didn't allow a run. With 103 pitches in, manager Walt Weiss elected to go to the bullpen for the final two innings, and four members of the bullpen combined to lock the game down.

While the eye of Denver has certainly turned to football, and frankly, the Rockies haven't given fans much of a reason to stay excited, Matzek is growing up. The left-hander has watched his stock rise quickly, then come crashing back down throughout his rough journey to the big leagues.

After being picked 11th overall in the 2009 draft, Matzek looked like he could be a guy who the Rockies developed into an ace. He threw in the mid-to-upper 90's as a high schooler in California. He had a slider that looked like it was near Major League ready as a 17-year-old. However, his mechanics got tweaked when he arrived with the Rockies organization, and suddenly Matzek looked like a bust.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Colorado Rockies continue to lose games because of stubbornness

It's been a while since Rex Brothers has slapped high fives.
Don't blame Rex Brothers.

It isn't Brother's fault that the Colorado Rockies continue to use him in high leverage situations. It isn't his fault that the Rockies haven't told him to take a seat until he figures things out. It isn't his fault that the Rockies haven't changed his role in the slightest, despite struggling for the vast majority of the season.

On Friday night, immediately following the Rockies scratching out a couple of runs an inning earlier, the Rockies sent Brothers to the mound to try and hold the one-run lead. Instead, Brothers walked three batters in a row. He wasn't barely missing the zone either, he was missing by feet, not inches.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Colorado Rockies need to make tough decisions this offseason

Michael Cuddyer needs to be allowed to test the market.
If nothing else, the Colorado Rockies are a loyal bunch.

However, if Dick Monfort and his brother Charlie decide that Dan O'Dowd and company are still the best men for the job in Colorado, then they must be prepared to make some major changes on the field.

If you've followed the Rockies for any amount of time, it would come as no shocker to find out that the club is going to make a strong run at re-signing Michael Cuddyer in the offseason. While the outfielder/first baseman certainly is a very good player, the Rockies have no use for an aging veteran who really has no strong defensive position, and is becoming injury prone.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Colorado Rockies need to try and get Corey Dickerson enough plate appearances to qualify for batting title

Corey Dickerson can crush the ball.
Predictability is boring. The Colorado Rockies are the definition of predictable.

When Juan Nicasio climbed to the mound in the bottom of the 9th inning in San Francisco with the game tied. He predictably gave up the walk-off home run to Buster Posey to give the Giants a 4-2 win.

The Rockies had tied the game in the top of the 9th inning on a Justin Morneau double with no one out. However, the Rockies weren't able to come up with another hit, leaving the Canadian at second base and the game tied.

With September approaching, the light at the end of the tunnel is finally appearing. A miserable season two weeks ago seemed like it would never end. With Labor Day around the corner, with the rosters soon expanding, the misery that is the 2014 season will mercifully come to an end.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Madison Bumgarner nearly throws perfect game as Colorado Rockies come back to earth

Jorge De La Rosa had to leave with an injury on his pitching hand.
Something had to give.

In their last 10 games, the Colorado Rockies were winners in seven of them. With the way the 2014 season has gone, it simply wasn't sustainable. However, with Jorge De La Rosa on the mound for the Rockies, there was a chance that the team's good fortune would continue for one more night.

Instead, Madison Bumgarner brought the Rockies crashing back to reality, as he threw a complete game shutout, taking a perfect game into the 8th inning. If Justin Morneau hadn't reached out and poked a good pitch low in the zone down the right field line, the Rockies may have been no-hit for the second time in 2014.

Tyler Matzek pitches Colorado Rockies to victory against Giants in impressive road start

Tyler Matzek showed great growth on Monday night in his win.
When DJ LeMahieu laced a Jake Peavy fastball to left field with two outs in the top of the 7th inning, it looked like it might be the worst thing for the Colorado Rockies chances of winning in what ended up a 3-2 win for the Rockies.

That might not sound like it makes much sense, but LeMahieu's single meant that Tyler Matzek's spot in the lineup was coming to the plate. History, at least since Bill Geivett has been influencing the on-field decisions, suggests that the Rockies would pinch hit for Matzek, despite him having less than 90 pitches thrown and keeping the Giants in check.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Homestand for hope; Colorado Rockies show what might have been

Nolan Arenado has been a huge bright spot for the Rockies.
For fans of the Colorado Rockies, watching highlights from a game in Oakland or Washington is tough.

The reason is because the excitement in those stands comes through the TV. As the heat of a pennant run hits the final stretch, the fans can sense the urgency. They feel how important every game can be and how necessary every inning can be to a team's hopes.

Back in Colorado, the games mean nothing. The outcome is something that really doesn't matter except for those cheering for losses in the hope that cruising in with 100 losses will magically make Dick Monfort decide that it is time for great changes in the front office. For those who want the Rockies to win, even the great games can't be celebrated for too long, the 52 wins are sobering.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Corey Dickerson continues breakthrough season with game-tying home run, then walk-off winner for Colorado Rockies

Corey Dickerson has been a huge surprise for the Rockies.
It's been a miserable season for fans of the Colorado Rockies. There is no way around that fact. However, there have been plenty of silver linings a midst the negatives.

On Saturday night at Coors Field, it looked like the same-old story as Rockies starting pitcher Jordan Lyles walked in the game tying run in the 4th inning, then with two outs and the game tied in the 9th inning, LaTroy Hawkins gave up three singles in a row, suddenly giving the Marlins a one-run lead. After two quick outs, the run came as a surprise. No ball was hit extremely hard, the last coming on a ball that hit off of Hawkins glove and never left the infield.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Time for the Colorado Rockies to change their model

Boone Logan had another horrible night for the Rockies.
A bunch of Luke Skywalker's and Darth Vader's went home bitter on Friday night.

While the Colorado Rockies seemed happy to sell extra tickets using a Star Wars Night gimmick, the play on the field looked all too familiar.

After a lackluster performance on the mound from starter Franklin Morales, the bullpen came in and did what they do best. They made sure that the Rockies had no chance to win the game. Besides the lack of ability to get outs, the Rockies pitchers main issues remain not giving up hits, but finding the strike zone.

For a team that prides itself in pitching to contact, the Rockies lead the National League in walks at their home ballpark. They walked nine Marlin batters on Friday night. When a team gives the opposition nine extra baserunners, the odds of winning that games are slim-to-none.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Time for the Colorado Rockies to give Jorge De La Rosa his due after another phenomenal start

Jorge De La Rosa doesn't get the credit he deserves.
Matt McBride got the Gatorade bath after the game for the Colorado Rockies. He deserved it.

The Rockies called up the first baseman on Tuesday and he made an impact in his first start on Wednesday. In the bottom of the 6th inning, with the Rockies trailing 2-1, Royals starter Danny Duffy got two quick outs, and nearly three, but Nolan Arenado reached base on a throwing error. After a base hit and a walk, the Rockies suddenly had the bases loaded.

That is when McBride made his mark. He drilled the first pitch he saw from Duffy over the left-center field wall. The only question was whether it was going to have enough height to get out of the park. It did, and suddenly the Rockies had a 5-2 lead.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Same old story as Colorado Rockies bullpen blows it again; time for Walt Weiss to put his foot down

Walt Weiss needs to put his foot down.
At some point, the question has to be asked, why do the Colorado Rockies insist on employing a strategy that has been nothing short of a failure?

That was the case again on Tuesday night, as Rockies rookie Tyler Matzek had a very good outing. Through 6-2/3 innings of one-run baseball, Matzek was showing that he was taking another step in his maturation. He was shutting down a hot Royals lineup, and despite only two runs of support, was in line for the win.

However, he was showing signs of tiring, as he walked two Royals batters back-to-back with two outs in the 7th. With 98 pitches thrown, there was no room for argument, Rockies manager Walt Weiss walked to the mound and pointed to the bullpen with his right arm, indicating that he wanted Adam Ottavino, who was warming up in the bullpen.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

It was a great day to be a fan of the Colorado Rockies

Todd Helton overshadowed a great day for the Rockies.
Todd Helton showed up at Coors Field, and apparently dropped off some of his bats.

In what will go down as one of the best days in the 2014 season, but also one of the best days in Colorado Rockies fans memory, Helton's number was retired in a moving pregame ceremony, then the Rockies won two games in dramatic fashion.

Unfortunately for Drew Stubbs, his walk-off three-run home run to cap a five run 9th inning come-from-behind win got overshadowed by both Helton, and Michael Cuddyer, who returned from two months on the disabled list and promptly hit for the cycle in game two of the day-night doubleheader.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

As Colorado Rockies kick off Todd Helton weekend, get ready for the local hatred

Todd Helton takes far too much criticism.
Some things aren't meant to be understood.

For years, when Todd Helton was in his prime, I thought that the only thing that would hold him back from Cooperstown was the perception from national writers who discounted his Coors Field numbers. As Helton aged, however, the critics weren't coming from that national writers, but instead, the local media who ignored his career in the early 2000's.

As Helton aged, the local critics became louder and louder, even upon his retirement, the amount of people who criticized him for his diminishing numbers as his career wound down became larger and larger and louder and louder.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Jorge De La Rosa gives the Colorado Rockies a chance to win every fifth day

De La Rosa always gives the Rockies a chance.
The Colorado Rockies are on the fast track to their first 100 loss season. The only thing that might stop them from getting there is Jorge De La Rosa.

Despite a terrible season from his club, De La Rosa seems to find a way to put his team on the winning side of the ledger far more often than not. It isn't always the most clean outing, and it isn't necessarily the most dazzling every time, but De La Rosa gives his team a chance to win every time he takes the mound.

On a team with 47 wins overall, De La Rosa owns 12 of the victories. He continues to dominate at Coors Field, something that no one else has seemed to figure out since the beautiful park was opened way back in 1995.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New Low For Tulo; Colorado Rockies season keeps getting worse

Maybe it's time to turn the page on the Tulowitzki era.
The sad reality is that it is extremely tough to be a fan of the Colorado Rockies.

If the disrespect of an owner, if the excuses of a front office, if the abysmal play on the field, if the lack of depth to fill in isn't all enough to drive a Rockies fan insane, the inevitable truth of Troy Tulowitzki should be the straw that breaks the camels back.

On Wednesday after the Rockies lost yet again, Thomas Harding, who does a great job covering the Rockies for MLB.com, announced that Tulowitzki would not be returning to the field in 2014 after receiving a diagnosis of a torn hip labrum that will require surgery.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

With season in disarray, Colorado Rockies are playing selfishly

Corey Dickerson has been the lone bright spot.
Any married man knows, read one Nicholas Sparks book and you've read them all.

The Colorado Rockies and Nicholas Sparks have something in common. Change the names, adjust the storyline ever-so-slightly, change the location, and there is a new book to write, or a new game in which to tell the same story.

That has been the case for the Rockies since the middle of May. Injuries have figured into the story, but overall a lack of depth and a lack of talent has doomed the Rockies on a near-nightly basis. Winning at home has always been easier for the Rockies, but this team has taken their road struggles to a new level in 2014, something that is difficult to imagine.

This club, after losing on Tuesday night in San Diego, has gone 3-22 in their past 25 games away from Coors Field. Three wins in 25 opportunities is almost impressive. It is nearly as much of an accomplishment as it is an embarrassment.

Bullpen blows it again as Colorado Rockies lose late lead for countless time

Jordan Lyles solid outing was spoiled by the Rockies pitch count rule.
Jordan Lyles glared at Walt Weiss as the Colorado Rockies manager came to take him out of the game in the 6th inning.

Starting pitchers aren't generally thrilled when their manager takes them out of the game, but Lyles face told a different story. The story was one that everyone who watches the Rockies knows all too well. When the starting pitcher leaves the game with a small lead, the Rockies are almost guaranteed to lose.

It seems that everyone knows this. Clearly it seems that Lyles knew it. Weiss, as he walked towards the mound had to have known it. The only ones who seem to not understand that a 100 pitch limit for a starting pitcher is a disaster waiting to happen when a bullpen is as bad as the Rockies.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Oft-injured stars deserve some share of the blame for the Colorado Rockies struggles

Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki spend plenty of time on the DL.
It was a line all too familiar to Colorado Rockies fans. Carlos Gonzalez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with lingering knee tendinitis and a non-recovering ankle.

With CarGo back on the disabled list, the club recalled Ben Paulsen, who impressed in his initial debut. He picked up right where he left off on Sunday, drilling a two-run homer in the 2nd inning to get the scoring started for the Rockies.

In other news of the day, Troy Tulowitzki was flown back to Denver to have more opinions on his strained hip flexor tendon that has landed him on the disabled list dating back to late July.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The embarrassment reaches a new height for Colorado Rockies on Saturday

Walt Weiss needs a magic wand to make this season go away.
Apparently Walt Weiss isn't the magician in this circus act.

When Weiss addressed the media after the Colorado Rockies lost yet another game in a new embarrassing way. He was asked about a team meeting that was held before the game in which Weiss addressed the team. He told the media that he didn't say abracadabra or anything like that, alluding to the fact that there is no magic wand to fix the Rockies.

On Saturday night, the Rockies headed into the 8th inning with a one-run deficit. Nolan Arenado had just hit a solo home run to bring the club to within one run. With Tommy Kahnle on the hill, and an impressive showing from the offense in the 9th inning on Friday night, it seemed, for a moment, that there was some hope.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Colorado Rockies fans passion and loyalty as strong as ever

Walt Weiss shows his frustration.
What makes a good fan of the Colorado Rockies?

Look around on Rockies websites, blogs, social media and anywhere else that a baseball fan might be able to express their views. Take a look at the comments section of those locations on the internet and see what Rockies fans are saying.

Simply said, it isn't pretty.

The reality is, internet comments sections, where someone can hide behind the anonymity of a screen name, can pretty much be described as the garbage can of the internet. Comments are often times lack so much logic to the point where the reader might question society as a whole and who shares this small globe.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Going through the motions has become the norm for the Colorado Rockies

Will the Rockies trade Tulowitzki in the offseason?
The Colorado Rockies wrapped up a miserable season on Thursday afternoon. The capped off a pitiful season with a lackluster 6-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

The Rockies now look forward to what will happen in the offseason. They will be forced to deal with the issues of whether or not they trade Troy Tulowitzki or Carlos Gonzalez, as well as addressing their serious bullpen issues...wait, what? The Rockies still have 48 games to go?

With the Denver Broncos starting their preseason schedule on Thursday night, the Rockies have finally become the afterthought that they have been desperately waiting to become. After a summer full of far too many negative headlines for the Rockies to be comfortable with, the Broncos kicking off their season--even if it is preseason--has to be a welcomed change for the Rockies.

Troy Tulowitzki calls out the Colorado Rockies, beats them at their own game

Troy Tulowitzki made his beliefs very clear on Wednesday.
For the first time in the past three seasons, Troy Tulowitzki opened his mouth and Colorado Rockies fans celebrated.

On Wednesday afternoon before the Rockies home blowout of the Chicago Cubs, Tulo opened up about his desire to win. He told Nick Groke of the Denver Post that changes have to be made. The statement was made to clear up the idea that Tulowitzki is demanding a trade occur.

Tulowitzki makes it clear in his words with Groke that he sees that Rockies as being very close to where they need to be. He believes that they are a few pieces away from being a true contender. He points to the Opening Day roster and believes that the club is good enough to be in a much better spot next year.

However, he was quick to point out that changes need to be made. What kind of changes? Was the statement one that was an indictment of manager Walt Weiss, the second year skipper who routinesly gets his moves questioned? That is a possibility, but as former Rockies beat writer Troy Renck, who hasn't strayed too far from the baseball beat suggests, it isn't Weiss, as Tulo has taken a strong liking to his manager.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Colorado Rockies 'pitch to contact' mantra isn't working

Tommy Kahnle struggled on Tuesday night.
There is only one guy left to be convinced, but that guy is the only one that counts.

After another brutal loss in extra innings to a terrible Chicago Cubs team, the Colorado Rockies are in a bad spot. Not only are they dead last in the National League West, they are hopeless. This is a team that has a bullpen without any options, and a general manager without a prayer.

Everyone sees the glaring issues. Everyone knows how bad of baseball this is. The problem is, the one guy that matters, owner Dick Monfort, doesn't understand baseball well enough to know the difference between a great game that goes 12 innings and a terrible game that goes 12 innings.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Colorado Rockies believe in themselves, but no one else does

Time for Dan O'Dowd to be thrown off of the ship.
Fire up the bus, the Colorado Rockies excuse tour is about to begin again.

Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post continues his beatdown of the Rockies front office in several pieces over the past few weeks. However, he highlighted exactly where the frustration arises from Rockies fans in his piece on Sunday morning.

Saunders quotes Walt Weiss saying that he would be completely happy with the exact same team on Opening Day 2015 as he had this season.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

The 'what if' game can be played both ways for the Colorado Rockies

The Rockies never expected Blackmon to contribute the way he has.
It was an outcome that surprised no one.

For the second straight night, and for the seemingly 100th time in a miserable season for the Colorado Rockies, a starting pitcher looked like a Cy Young candidate against their makeshift lineup.

On Saturday night it was Rick Porcello's chance to improve his ERA and look like a star. Through eight innings, Porcello gave up just two runs on five hits. He struck out 10 Rockies batters while walking only two.

Tyler Matzek did what a rookie starter is going to do. He struggled. In just four innings of work, the lefty gave up eight earned runs. The Tigers racked up 10 hits against him, and it probably became the first night in which Matzek would simply prefer to forget in his short big league career.

Friday, August 1, 2014

August starts the same way July ended for the Colorado Rockies...with a loss

Bill Geivett probably isn't thrilled to find out he is taking the blame.
Remember Memorial Day? It seems like a long time ago, right?

It was May 26th, and while the Colorado Rockies struggles had already begun, few had any idea how bad it would get. Since Memorial Day, the holiday that was over two full months ago, the Rockies have registered 17 total wins. That's it.

Everyone knew it was bad, but put it in that perspective and it shows just how bad things are for the Rockies. Remember April of 2007, the same year the Rockies found their way to the World Series? Everyone wrote them off in April because they went 10-16 in that month. That win total would have been better than both June and July, months in which the Rockies logged only eight wins in back-to-back months.

With heads firmly planted in the sand, Colorado Rockies make no moves at trade deadline

The Rockies should have dealt LaTroy Hawkins.
"If it is broken beyond repair, don't fix it."

Those were the words of Dan Fellman, producer of seemingly every show on Mile High Sports Radio, on Thursday afternoon when talking about the Colorado Rockies lack of a move at the trade deadline in a season going down the toilet.

On their way to what could become their first-ever 100 loss season and several players who could bring a few prospects back to the Rockies organization, those who run the show at 20th and Blake sat on their hands. The trade deadline came and went without as much as a whisper coming from the Rockies.