According to ESPN’s standings, the Rockies have a 0.7% chance of making the playoffs. For a team ranking in the top five in runs scored, it’s pretty remarkable that they’re effectively eliminated from the postseason and it’s only mid-June. However, there has been a lot of doom and gloom around here lately, so I’m going to attempt to write about something positive today. Here goes:
- Matt Belisle is really good.
- How about the view from section 317? That’s something else, right?
- Oh, and the Asheville Tourists won the first-half Southern Division championship in the South Atlantic League this week. So there is that.
That’s all I can come up with. Seriously. Things are bleak, like getting swept at home by the freaking A’s bleak. My wife and I were discussing Misery recently. I think reading about Paul Sheldon getting his foot cut off is easier than watching the Rockies right now. And the worst part is that there really isn’t a light at the end of the tunnel. The owners seem to genuinely believe that they have the best GM and manager in baseball working for them and are perfectly satisfied with the current status quo.
The regression since September 2010 has been truly remarkable. Back then, the Rockies were on the verge of winning their first ever division title. They pitched and played defense well. They were completely dominant at Coors Field. On September 18, 2010 they were 82-66 after making a run to climb within a game of first place in the NL West. Then the nose dive began. They lost 13 of their last 14 to finish 83-79. And honestly, they have yet to pull out of it. In fact, they’ve just gotten progressively worse, basically by the month.
O’Dowd has been running the show since the late ‘90s and has yet to learn what kind of team wins at Coors. If he stays, what hope is there? It’s depressing to say that, but it’s just the truth. The team keeps asking for patience year in and year out, but let’s be honest, this team’s fans are about as patient as it gets. They’ll go over 2.5 million in attendance this year and the product on the field is absolute garbage. This isn’t a rabid group, and any characterization of them being “blood thirsty” is completely unfair. It’s a good group of fans, great actually, and it’s time for ownership to make a real effort at putting a contender on the field. All we really ask is that they make an effort and frankly it’s hard to believe the Monforts are really trying to produce winners. I truly don’t believe there is another organization in baseball that would tolerate what has been going on here over the last few years.
Honestly, I could never stop watching the Rockies or attending games. I love baseball. That will never change. But, this team is making this a brutal year and it may not change anytime soon unless there is a dent in the Monfort’s bank accounts. It’s not fair, but that’s the reality of professional baseball in Denver.
Every night, we watch a different pitcher get lit up, followed by the same lip service from the manager. “He just needs to be more consistent. He’s close though. This is a tough park to pitch in. That kid is going to be special one day.” And about a thousand other tired clichés. It’s a dead horse.
At this point, I honestly don’t know everything that needs to be done to fix this squad, but it seems like a good idea to change the current direction completely. It is quite obviously not working.
See there. I tried to write something positive and it just turned into a rant. No stats, no insight, just me moaning over the truly awful state of the Rockies. I feel better though. Feel free to do the same in the comments section, because I know you’re fed up as well. Blake Street Bulletin B**** Session now convening.