August 20th, 2014 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere
A late lead blown by the bullpen. A familiar refrain to all Colorado Rockies fans this year. The bullpen has been overworked this season, but their performance has been dreadful regardless of innings pitched. With the bullpen seemingly set in stone this season, the Rockies will have to wait for the offseason to make any changes.
Before any potential changes, though, a look at just how bad the Rockies bullpen has been. They're easily in last place in MLB terms of relief ERA with a number well over five. They have the NL worst save percentage, inherited runners scored percentage, the lowest wins above average and most losses by the 'pen. In short, they've been really, really bad this year.
Now it seems that Bill Geivett or whatever combination of front office members decide on promotions and demotions have some favorites. It's the only thing to explain how Rex Brothers isn't in AAA Colorado Springs to hopefully find some of the control he demonstrated last year. High hopes for Brothers this year has turned into downright disappointment.Read more... Join the Conversation...
August 19th, 2014 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere
Not only did Michael Cuddyer hit for the cycle for the second time in his career on Sunday, he also proved to the Colorado Rockies that he should be back with the team next season. A free agent at the end of the season, the Rox shouldn't have to work too hard or spend to much to brink back the versatile outfielder.
Cuddyer is coming off of a season wherein he played in fewer games than he missed with injury and will be 36 by the time next season starts. Neither of those two issues should concern Rockies brass, though, as they will have good depth in the outfield regardless of what they do with Carlos Gonzalez. If the team throws out a starting outfield of Corey Dickerson, Charlie Blackmon and Cuddyer with Drew Stubbs and Brandon Barnes rotating in, they will still have one of the best offensive outfields in all of baseball.
In his 264 games played for Colorado, Cuddy is slashing .305/.361/.517, has hit 42 home runs and has driven in 161. In what is ostensibly two full seasons, that production is something that would surely be missed in the Rockies lineup. Even this year, while only playing in 33 games at the Major League level, Cuddyer has posted a .331 average with 6 home runs and 19 RBI.Read more... Join the Conversation...
August 18th, 2014 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere
Mark your calendars, everyone. August 17, 2014 was a perfect day for the Colorado Rockies. They retired the number of the greatest player in franchise history, swept a dramatic doubleheader — one by walkoff and the other with a player competing the cycle. And oh yeah, there was also a fan now forever known as Rally Guy who was officially trending on Twitter during the second game. The only word to describe that day is perfect.
The retirement ceremony for Todd Helton's number 17 was beautifully executed. If only the team could put together a roster like they could that ceremony. Anyway, former teammates exalted Helton and he himself gave a nice speech, but the show was most definitely stolen by his eldest daughter Tierney Faith.
After the pregame festivities and a bit of a rain delay, the games got underway. Game one followed typical Rockies fashion. That is, getting out to an early lead, then pitching letting the lead slip away and then the bullpen gives up even more runs. In a stunning turn of events, though, the Rockies didn't go quietly into the night… game, they instead turned the bats up and belted five runs in the bottom of the ninth thanks to some positive juju from Rally Guy. The winning blow came in the form of a walkoff three-run home run from Drew Stubbs.Read more... Join the Conversation...
August 17th, 2014 at 6:30 AM
By Joe Lemere
Legendary Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton will get his number retired today at Coors Field. An honor clearly befitting the greatest player in team history. Another honor that should be bestowed on Helton is an invitation to Cooperstown. Todd Helton belongs in the Hall of Fame, no doubt about it.
He has the accomplishments. Five times he was named an all-star. Four times he was awarded a Silver Slugger. Three times he was awarded a Gold Glove. And in his best season, the Toddfather was the batting champ and Hank Aaron Award recipient of the 2000 season.
He has the numbers. A career batting average of .316 ranks 69th best of all time. The 19th best OPS ever with a mark of .953. His 2,519 career hits ranks 94th best, the 1,406 RBI are 73rd most and his 369 home runs are 76th best. And who could possibly forget all the doubles? Todd hit 592 of them in his 17 year career, good enough for 16th best on the all time list. Batting? Check.Read more... Join the Conversation...
August 16th, 2014 at 1:45 PM
By Joe Lemere
Since it was announced that Troy Tulowitzki will miss the rest of the season with hip surgery, speculation has swirled about his future. Much of that speculation has been around a trade involving the Colorado Rockies shortstop, but Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post thinks that Tulo should make the move to first base.
Tulowitzki is the best shortstop in the game and would probably be one of the best first basemen in the majors, too. The move would definitely improve the longevity of Tulo's career, but it wouldn't help the Rockies at all.
At first, Tulo's bat would probably even be better because it is physically less demanding than shortstop, but production at first has never been an issue for the Rox. They went from Andres Galarraga to Todd Helton to Justin Morneau. That is no shabby list. Tulo would put up great numbers at first, but would they be enough to put out former MVP and plus-defender Morneau? First base has always been solid for Colorado and will continue to be for at least the next couple of years.Read more... Join the Conversation...