Los Angeles, CA – The revolving door that is the Colorado Rockies pitching staff is getting exposed as a make shift gang of bad pitchers. Alex White was the latest victim to give up a big inning that triggered the Rockies demise. White had a 4-2 lead going into the fifth inning when the Dodgers exploded for six runs against White and reliever Matt Reynolds.
So far Juan Nicasio has been the only consistent starter for the Rockies who leads a rotation currently composed of mostly players under 25 years old. Throw out Jamie Moyer and you are left with Jeremy Guthrie as the only starter with any sense of Major League experience. The Rockies made it a point in the off season to bring in some veteran leadership but ignored the starting rotation. Guthrie is not a number one starter and has missed some starts due to a freak bicycle injury. Moyer has been consistent, but consistently poor and may be showing his age.
Jim Tracy and Dan O’Dowd need to look into a trade to land an experienced big league pitcher. They may have to give up some excellent prospects and maybe even a starter in the field like Dexter Fowler or Jordan Pacheco if the expect to make a run to improve their terrible record and make the season not a total loss. Other than the 2010 season, the Rockies have always been slow starters and gotten hot later in the season. They cannot rely on a hot summer with the hot start the Dodgers are off to.
Sundays continue to be an enigma for the Rockies and I think the fact Tracey rests too many starters is to blame for the day game losses they are accumulating. Resting Todd Helton is understandable, but the 38 year old needs to prove his back is in good shape and play more. His average is below .250 which is well below Helton’s standards. He is driving in runs and hitting a decent amount of home runs, but needs to improve his average to protect Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki.
Bottom line – The Rockies need to make a push now or they will be out of the race by the All Star break.
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