This is quickly becoming the most frustrating season in Rockies’ franchise history. Honestly, they’re tough to write about. I feel like I’m saying the same things over and over again. Offensively, they’re about the worst thing I’ve ever seen. One run deficits feel more like ten. Also, they have the unique ability to turn marginal MLB pitchers into Cy Young caliber aces.
As of today, the Rox are four games under .500 and sit 4.5 games back of the Giants in the NL West. They’ve fallen to fourth overall in one of baseball’s worst divisions. In May alone, the Rockies lost eleven games in the standings to the Diamondbacks. Since May 21st, they’ve scored over three runs just twice. In the two games when they did score more than three runs, they inexplicably scored twelve and fifteen.
The biggest shame of it all is that they’ve been pitching so well. Since De La Rosa went down, their starters haven’t missed a beat. Ubaldo has been absolutely terrific in his last two starts and Hammel, Chacin, Mortensen, and Nicasio have all pitched at or above expectations. But, the Rox are wasting it on a nightly basis.
Look at these quotes from Troy Renck’s article in today’s Denver Post:
“We are kidding ourselves if we keep saying everything is fine. Maybe we aren’t as good as we thought we were. It’s not fine when the same thing keeps happening over and over again.” — Troy Tulowitzki
“He pitched really well, there’s no doubt. But it seems like I have been saying that a lot. This has gone on far too long and we have to fix it.” — Todd Helton
Back in March, I don’t think any of us were expecting to see quotes like these. This team is frustrated and out of answers. They are visibly beleaguered. They only bright spot has been the promotions of several promising minor leaguers. Watching Rex Brothers and Charlie Blackmon make their MLB debuts was probably the only enjoyment they’ve given us over the last week.
Today, I’ve decided to try something new on Blake Street. I’m here to make everyone feel better and I think a group therapy session is appropriate. Please comment below and write whatever your heart desires. If you want to trash me, go for it. If you want to trash Dan O’Dowd, that’s even better. If you want to bemoan the misery of being a Rockies’ fan, I’ll sympathize with you. Like I said, say whatever you want — just refrain from obscenities. Tomorrow, I’ll publish the best comment in my daily post.