Denver, CO. The Colorado Rockies road to 100 losses continued Wednesday at Coors Field with another blown lead thanks to Jeremy Guthrie. Spotted to a 5-1 lead Jeremy Guthrie again imploded leaving to boos after only lasting 2 2/3 innings in a total mystery as to what has happened to the Rockies supposed “ace” of the staff before the season started. Guthrie gave up two monster home runs in the second inning losing the 5-1 lead giving up 6 runs, 4 earned in his short outing. With the home runs yesterday, Guthrie has now allowed 21 home runs this season, leading the majors.
When a team scores 6 runs on 11 hits you should win the game, but not with this Colorado Rockies pitching staff. After the Rockies tied the game at 6-6 reliever Matt Reynolds allowed a two run shot to Casey McGehee and then a solo home run to Rod Barajas solidifying the Pittsburgh Pirates victory and taking 2 out of three at Coors Field.
The game started out well for the Rockies with a lead off home run from Dexter Fowler followed by a 2 run line drive shot into the Rockies bullpen by Carlos Gonzalez. Without Troy Tulowitzki to protect Gonzalez his power numbers have been down recently. His numbers are still pretty sick hitting .333 with 18 home runs and 62 RBI but Carlos is being pitched differently without a real threat behind him. Pitchers are staying away from his power and continue to pitch him outside and are willing to walk Gonzalez even with runners on base. The Rockies have been miserable with runners in scoring position since the all star break.
A few things to watch as the Rockies push for 100 or more losses. The club is loaded with rookies including newcomer Andrew Brown who threw out 3 hits and 2 RBI in his first start with the Colorado Rockies. Hitting in the cleanup spot Brown was able to take advantage of Pirates starter James McDonald not knowing how to pitch the young slugger. Nolan Arenado may want to take a look at Brown’s promotion to the majors as an example how to carry himself as the Rockies continue to question his maturity.
With Chris Nelson hospitalized for an irregular heart beat and Troy Tulowitzki still on the DL many young players are taking advantage of their opportunities to shine. When Tulo comes back and a likely trade of Marco Scutaro rookie Josh Rutledge should assume the role of the everyday second baseman with Jordan Pacheco at third and Tyler Colvin and Michael Cuddyer sharing time at first. Todd Helton will likely get spot starts at first and should consider retiring this off season as his soon to be 39 year old body is starting to fail him.
100 losses may be the only way the Monfort brothers will be forced to initiate some change and finally fire Dan O’Dowd and look to the future years down the line.
Denver Sports Chat – Kris Loco