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Will the Colorado Rockies Lose 100 Games?

August 3rd, 2014 at 6:30 AM
By Joe Lemere

Colorado Rockies Stretching at Nationals Park from Flickr via Wylio? 2014 mrgarethm, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio

The Colorado Rockies are in the middle of yet another lost season. Another losing season in Denver is no surprise for Rockies fans, but this team could be historically bad. Despite the poor history of the Blake Street Bombers, they have never lost more than 98 games, which they did just two years ago. A marker for baseball futility has always been the century mark, so the question becomes, will these Colorado Rockies lose 100 games?

Right now, the Rockies are on pace to lose 96 games, what would be the second worst mark in their 22 year history. If they do lose 96 games this year, the team's record since they last made the playoffs in 2009 would be 360-450. That's right, since posting the team's highest ever winning percentage, they are a staggering 90 games under .500.

The biggest problem with that record is that ownership doesn't seem to even acknowledge the face that the Colorado Rockies have been pitiful since 2010. A few talented free agents have found their way to the Mile High City, but no pitchers of consequence or trajectory changing players have been added. The only significant trade since 2010 has been of Ubaldo Jimenez, and that really didn't work out in the Rockies favor, did it?

Even so, they have never lost 100 games in a season. This year, however, could change all of that. To lose 100, their record would have to be 18-34 the rest of the way. With guys still injured and the healthy bunch still on the field are playing poorly (with exceptions, of course), it isn't inconceivable that this team would win just 35 percent of their remaining games.

The Rockies have the highest ERA in the majors by a good margin and, as discussed yesterday, their bats fall asleep on the road. That combination doesn't equal success, it equals 44-66. There are no indications that either of those facts will begin to unravel either. Of the guys who have spent any time on the DL this season, only Nolan Arenado and Brett Anderson (too soon for Morneau) came back as good or better than before they went on the disabled list. There are no guarantees that Troy Tulowitzki, Michael Cuddyer or even Carlos Gonzalez will be what they can and should be. Only Jordan Lyles has a chance to come back off the DL this season on the pitching side of things, and with his youth, his return is unpredictable at best.

Things are bleak for the Colorado Rockies this year, no doubt, but will it be 100 lose bleak? Things are certainly looking that way, but one hot streak could keep the losses in the 90's.

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