Colorado Rockies Failing Miserably
The poor Colorado Rockies seem to be suffering from the same old story this season – the hitters hit and the pitchers can’t pitch – although I hate generalizing a team based upon recent history. Everyone knew they’d hit, pitching though was the question mark and yet I liked the Rockies attempt to develop pitching from within. It’s still early for us to write off their young starters though as many need time to learn and adapt in the big leagues. It just seems though like their arms aren’t ready to compete at the same time as their bats.
Although Colorado had gotten off to a great 7-2 start because they swept the Brewers, won their home opener versus the Cubs and then swept the Giants; things were definitely looking up as if saying last year’s good start wasn’t a fluke either. The whole lineup was mashing in April, save for Carlos Gonzalez (who only hit .200/.247/.347 in April). They’ve adequately dealt with some bad luck too from losing newly named closer Adam Ottavino to Tommy John surgery, but have replaced him with John Axford.
But since April 17th when they themselves were swept by the Dodgers, they’ve gone 4-16 including losing the last ten games by a cumulative score of 33-81.
Here’s the team ranking in the NL so far in 2015:
|Cumulative Team Hitting|
In May, they’ve cooled off considerably hitting only .243 as a team whereas in April they batted a sizzling .280 which led the NL. That just goes to show how hot they were hitting as a team. Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon and Nick Hundley are still raking, but Gonzalez still remains chilled hitting a paltry .143/.250/.143 in 21 at-bats so far in May.
The following are some stats and NL ranking for the Rockies thus far this season:
|Cumulative Team Pitching|
The bullpen’s peripherals have been considerably better than the starters and they’ve been forced to pick up a lot of innings from the starters’ ineffectiveness. Even when they get a good performance, just like last night from Kyle Kendrick, they end up losing. Truth be told though that when you have three starters with a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.24, 1.00 and 0.79 (from Jordan Lyles, Eddie Butler and Tyler Matzek, respectively), things can’t be all that rosy.
So where can additional help come from for the Rockies? Chad Bettis, Leuris Gomez and Jon Gray seem to be pitching decently at Triple-A; at least they have a SO/W ratio of above 2.00. From Double-A, maybe Ryan Carpenter, Yohan Flande and Gus Schlosser get their chance. Or, as many people have postulated for some time now, perhaps it’s time to trade their established star in Troy Tulowitzki and start to retool. I don’t believe GM Jeff Bridich is willing to submit to losing for one second, so what are his options in the end?
All stats are as end of games Tuesday, May 19th, 2015.