The Rockies fell to 30 games below .500 after yesterday’s gut wrenching loss to the hated San Francisco Giants. With the team up 6-4 going into the eighth and Matt Belisle coming into the game and the bottom of the Giants punchless order most thought the game was over. But this is baseball and each team gets 27 outs.
The bottom of the eighth started off with Carlos Gonzalez losing an easy fly ball in the sun and having it drop in front of him. I have said it before and will say it again: if CarGo is such a wonderful defender than making a catch in the sun shouldn’t be so difficult and going back to those games in Pittsburgh earlier in the year when he lost balls in the sun it starts to add clarity as to why his defensive ratings are so poor.
The botched fly ball was followed by a double, a walk, Marco Scutaro popping out to shallow left (Rockies fans are used to seeing that) and then Melky Cabrera singled in the first run of the inning with a grounder up the middle that bounced off of the pitcher’s mound and just out of reach of a diving Josh Rutledge. Jim Tracy summoned Rafael Betancourt to hopefully get out of the inning but he allowed a sac-fly and then the KO blow from Hunter Pence: a three-run blast to left center field.
The Rockies walked off of the field after the eighth inning down 9-6 after surrendering five runs in the inning and it isn’t a shocker to anyone that they failed to mount any sort of attack in the top of the ninth. Rox lose and fall THIRTY games below .500.
This team is just awful. We know this. But another pitiful display by the team should put Tracy on the hot seat (I wish I could say that it is making the seat hotter). In the bottom of the first inning Angel Pagan was on third base with no one out and Scutaro at the plate. Scutaro does what he does and grounds the ball to third base and the Rockies had Pagan leaning towards home. In what should be second nature for a big league team in August (or April for that matter!) the team had Pagan in a rundown. Pagan got out of the rundown by sliding back into third base safely after Wilin Rosario monkey-f***ed the baseball and didn’t get it to the guy covering third fast enough and Pagan was safe (sorry, my language is deteriorating faster than my patience for this pathetic franchise). Meanwhile Scutaro hustled into second base. Instead of one out and a guy at first the Rockies defense left Alex White with two runners in scoring position and none out.
The Rockies are not a well coached team. If the Broncos would botch something as easy as covering a punt in week 13 John Fox would catch hell by the Denver media, but the Rockies are in such a state of dysfunction at this point that screw-ups that epic are hardly noticed and are actually expected from this team.
From the start and the star left fielder not being able to make a play – albeit a difficult play but he is a MAJOR LEAGUE OUTFIELDER, right? – to a team not being able to perform a basic rundown this team just can’t do anything right and this falls onto the coach.
The Rockies are now 30 games below .500 and on pace to win 59.2 games. Even if we round that up to 60 wins it means the Rockies will lose 102. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the team struggle even more down the stretch and lose 105 or 106 games. The Houston Astros lost 106 games in 2011 and the Pittsburgh Pirates lost 105 in 2010. Pretty much every year a team (or two) loses 100+ games in a season (the Kansas City Royals also lost 106 in 2005) and it seems the Rockies, along with those Astros, will be the two teams losing 100+ in 2012. The real question is if the Rockies can be epically awful and lose 105 games or more?
The team has never lost more than 95 games in a year (lost 95 in 1993 and 2005) but it seems they will most certainly best that number this year.
And somehow Dan O’Dowd and the rest of the front office is safe going into 2013? Mother $#@*!
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