I’ve lost all faith in the Rockies. Watching them play is like being slowly pushed through a meat grinder. It’s excruciating. Every game begins with a slight bit of optimism, but then the Rox spend nine innings pooping on our hope. In one month they’ve gone from a team that might run away with the West to a team that looks like it has quit. I used to think they would win every game, but now I just hope they can keep it competitive for five or six innings and give me something interesting to watch.
I’m out of answers. Over the last few weeks, I’ve had numerous debates over pointless position changes, e.g. Herrera to third. Last night on Twitter, I found myself arguing the outfield defensive merits of Ty Wigginton and EY Jr. These discussions speak for themselves. The fact that Herrera to third is even up for debate is a testament to how bad things have gotten. If you are forced to play Ty Wigginton or Eric Young Jr. in the outfield, you have some serious depth issues.
There has been a lot of talk about the need to fire Jim Tracy. Perhaps that’s right. Tracy’s nightly post game lip service is almost unbearable at this point. For example, take this quote from last night:
“I know this group very well. I’ve been with them for quite a while. They understand what we’re going through. To sit here and have anyone think or feel like we’re enjoying this? You’re kidding yourself. It’s not fun, but it’s part of the challenge of the game.”
Do they really understand what they’re going through? It certainly doesn’t look that way. They appear to be lost, confused, and ready for the season to end. Also, it’s a bit disconcerting that Tracy brags about his strong acquaintance with the team, yet doesn’t have a clue what’s wrong with them or how to fix it. He frequently postures in front of the media, demanding accountability and promising changes, but doesn’t follow through. Yes, I do realize that I just described a politician.
I’m not a big fan of calling for the manager’s head, but I honestly think Tracy has lost this team. Aside from a three week stretch in April, they’ve been playing miserable baseball since last September. Last year, they played themselves into position to win the West before unraveling and losing thirteen of their final fourteen. They just lost twenty one games in May after building a four game NL West lead in April. That’s two major melt-downs in three months of play. Somehow, I seriously doubt that a few minor league call-ups are going to change anything. There are some deep fundamental issues affecting this squad.
Maybe it’s not just the manager. It’s time to demand a little accountability from the GM too. To be honest, Dan O’Dowd didn’t do much to improve this team in the off-season. They struggled to hit on the road last year, so he added poor hitting veterans, Ty Wigginton and Jose Lopez. The Rockies didn’t need a lot, but they definitely needed something more than Wiggy and Lopez. If there is any defense of Tracy, it’s that he’s not exactly playing with a full deck.
Also, when was the last time O’Dowd made a dramatic in season move that really helped the Rox? Other than the additions of some nice relievers over the years, nothing comes to mind. A trade of some sort is desperately needed, but highly unlikely. That’s not really Dan’s style. Making risky moves means putting his neck on the line and he has survived a decade plus of fielding mediocre baseball teams because he doesn’t put himself out there.
At some point, the Monforts have to put a stop to all this. Like I said earlier, I don’t like calling for people’s jobs. However, if O’Dowd and Tracy continue to guide a team this talented to a sub-.500 record, changes must be made. Unfortunately, this season will probably be a lost cause before anything happens.
Disagree? As always, comments are welcome.