Most every other post about the 16-inning marathon Colorado Rockies – Chicago Cubs game will be about the record setting length and the absurdity of the ending, this one will be about the main takeaway from the game. The Rockies are just plain bad. The worst team in the National League bad.
The game itself was played as a microcosm of the Rockies season. They got off to a hot start — a 3-0 lead in the first — but couldn't hold on to the momentum and found themselves on the losing end. Cubs backup catcher John Baker pitched the top of the 16th and scored the winning run, seemingly just to mock the lowly Rockies. Losing the game isn't what puts their futility on full display, however, it was that everyone knew they were going to lose. If you were on Twitter at all during the game, you know it's true. Thing is, though, the coaches and the players looked like they expected it, too.
Now, the Rockies don't look or even feel like the worst team in the NL, but results don't lie. Losing a series to the Cubs is bad enough, but that's just the very top of an ugly iceberg of losing. The club is woeful on the road again this season, but they also have a losing record at home. Coors Field is supposed to be a sanctuary for the Rockies, even during the worst of times, but it seems to no longer be the case this year. The Rockies are also under .500 against teams that are themselves under .500. If you can't beat the bad teams, you can't beat anybody.
Currently, the Rox are in last place of everything with the worst record in the NL. They have a -53 run differential, so it's not like they're a hard luck team that can't catch a break. The fact is, this team is simply bad.
And the scary part of this particular team being bad is there doesn't seem to be any change of significance on the horizon. With this front office, there may be NO change at all.
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