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Colorado Rockies GM is the Hardest Job in Baseball

August 25th, 2015 at 11:19 AM
By Joe Lemere

After last night's 5-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves, The Colorado Rockies have lost 12 of their last 14 games. Things are downright miserable in the Mile High City if you play baseball. Well, unless you're a visiting player, that is. With new reports of player frustration and that GM Jeff Bridich may be on the hot seat, the question becomes: is being the general manager of the Rockies the hardest job in baseball.

Yes. That's the short answer.

The long answer is just as simple, though. The Rox haven't been competitive since 2010 and haven't been to the postseason in six seasons. No matter what the organization has tried to do since then, nothing works. The offense will always work, of course, but the pitching has gotten progressively worse.

It seems there is no code breaker in the world who can figure out how to pitch at Coors Field. The only bright spot in terms of the staff is that there are a few prospects in the pipeline who could be pretty good when their time comes. Or they could be ruined by Coors Field like so many before them.

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Colorado Rockies Can Play Spoiler This September

August 21st, 2015 at 1:57 PM
By Joe Lemere

With the best start of Yohan Flande's career, the Colorado Rockies were able to beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 yesterday. With a little bit of pitching, the Rockies actually look like a good team. But that little bit of pitching comes way to inconsistently for them to win many games the last six weeks of the season or so. That doesn't mean that the Rox won't be able to play spoiler as the season winds down, though.

Out in the NL West, the first place Dodgers are just 2.5 games ahead of the Giants and every game matters for these two. The Rockies have seven games against San Francisco left and six against LA. The last series against the Dodgers is the last week of September and the last Giants series will be the last of the season. If the Rockies steal two games or even come up with a shock sweep, they could knock one of those teams out of the playoffs. And all the team will need to do is find just a hint of pitching.

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Will the Colorado Rockies Be Good Any Time Soon?

August 20th, 2015 at 12:12 PM
By Joe Lemere

The Colorado Rockies now have a record of 48-70, the second worst mark in all of baseball. They finished last season with the second worst mark in all of baseball. They haven't been to the playoffs since 2009 and they haven't even been close to .500 since 2010. Rockies fans are used to years and years of futility, but that doesn't mean it's acceptable. The Rox need to show drastic improvement as soon as next year, but will they? Will they be good any time soon or will they be stuck in the doldrums for the foreseeable future.

As it currently is constructed, the big league roster isn't in terrible shape. The defense, stay Jose Reyes, is top notch. The outfield is athletic, third and second base are golden, Ben Paulsen and Kyle Parker are above average and even Reyes isn't terrible at the six.

The offense is just dandy. Nolan Arenado would be an MVP candidate if the Rox were any good. CarGo is having a resurgent season, Charlie Blackmon is one of the best leadoff hitters in the game, DJ LeMahieu was an All-Star and Nick Hundley is having a great year. This team will always hit and that shouldn't change any time soon.

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Will David Hale Be in Next Year’s Starting Rotation?

August 19th, 2015 at 12:19 PM
By Joe Lemere

Yes, he took the loss yesterday, but David Hale's return to the starting rotation was largely successful. The numbers weren't pretty, but to gut through six innings and 105 pitches really showed his mettle. And besides, the Colorado Rockies gave up nine runs after Hale exited the game. The short-term ramifications of the start are pretty much nil, but things get a bit more interesting with a wider lens. Will David Hale be a part of the 2016 starting rotation.

The way it shakes out right now, there are only two guaranteed spots for next year. Jorge De La Rosa will be entering what is probably his last season as in Denver, but his years of good pitching at altitude will keep him in the rotation barring injury or trade. De La Rosa has the most wins ever at Coors Field and given how many games he's pitched at 20th and Blake, a low ERA.

The other guaranteed spot belongs to Jon Gray. Gray only has three games under his belt at baseball's highest level, but those three games have been very impressive. It's Gray time in the Rocky Mountains and it starts full-time next season. Coaches, players, the front office and fans all hope that he can become the ace his potential says he can be.

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Don’t Give up on Eddie Butler

August 15th, 2015 at 3:49 PM
By Joe Lemere

He was once the highest rated prospect in the Colorado Rockies system. Now, he's been optioned to AAA Albuquerque. Eddie Butler was having a terrible season in the majors, no doubt, but now is not the time to dismiss him as a bust. Butler is still young and could still be able to carve out a nice role as a starter for the Colorado Rockies.

First off, Eddie Butler's season was truly atrocious. In 16 starts this season, Butler has put up a record of just 3-10 with an ERA of 5.90, a WHIP of 1.815 and a K/BB ratio of 1.05. There is no excuse for numbers that poor, and that's why the 24-year-old right-hander will be pitching in the minor leagues again.

There is still hope for young Mr. Butler, however. The problem he's having against MLB hitters isn't related to his stuff. It all comes down to control. He's allowing 4.8 walks per nine innings pitched with the Rockies. That many free passes clogs the base paths and makes it almost impossible to come out of a start unblemished.

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