27 games into the 2012 season and the Rockies are exactly what you see on paper, an underachieving, below average team with no direction, passion, not to mention pitching. They’re sloppy defensively, inconsistent offensively, there’s little if any leadership anywhere on this team. And leading by example is a crock of you know what, so dont give me that! Mr Everything, Troy Tulowitzki has been Mr Anything But.
Dont get me started on the general manager! But this report card is about what happens on the field more than what happens off of it, so I will spare Mr O’Dowd, this time.
The stats are prior to Monday night’s game at San Diego.
PITCHING (C-) – We knew the pitching was going to be bad long before spring training, but did we know it was going to be this bad? The Rockies are 28th in the league with a 5.13 ERA. First in hits allowed with 285, 4th in homeruns allowed with 35, 25th in strikeouts with 191.
The bright spots if there are any would be Jamie Moyer not just being a feel good story, but leading the starting rotation with a 4.01 ERA, despite a 1-2 record with little run support or help in relief from the bullpen. Matt Reynolds leads the staff in wins with 3 and Nicasio and Guthrie lead the starters with 2 wins each. Betancourt has 6 saves in 7 opportunities. Still the pitching overall could be better.
FIELDING (C) – 27th in fielding percentage(.977), dead last in defensively efficiency rating(.647), 5th in errors committed with 24. Tulo leads the team with 7 errors already this season after he only had 6 errors all of last season.
HITTING (B) – 8th in batting average(.259), 11th in on base percentage(.329), 5th in slugging(.446), 5th in RBIs(142), and tied for 6th in homeruns(34) and 5th in runs scored(146). The bright spots would be Cargo leading the team in RBIs(26) and homeruns(7). Eight homeruns from the catcher’s position, 4 from Wilin Rosario and 4 from Ramon Hernandez and 22 RBIs between them. Fowler, and Colvin showing some power and run production with 6 homers and 23 RBIs between them. Both Fowler and Cuddyer need to cut down on the strikeouts with 25 apiece.
OVERALL GRADE – C
If you live in the Denver metro area and you havent seen the latest Westword magazine, you should probably pick one up. Jamie Moyer is on the cover of this weeks issue. I scooped up a copy in hopes of having it autographed. Let’s hope that being on the cover doesnt carry with it any curses like it does being on the cover of Sports Illustrated. You gotta love the cover, with an old school baseball card look, which is fitting for Moyer, who at 49 is the oldest pitcher to win a major league game. How can you not like a story on the career and the triumphs of Jamie Moyer? For the entire article by Westword’s Caleb Hannan click here.
The Rockies senior statesman Jamie Moyer with each start this season continues to make history as the oldest major league pitcher to start a game. Last night after 3 starts he made even more history, becoming the oldest pitcher to win a game ever in major league history.
The difference between this start and his previous two were that Moyer had run support this time out. Dexter Fowler got the ball rolling with a 2 run homer in the 3rd. And after 4 innings of work, Moyer had what seemed to be a comfortable 3-0 lead. As we all know, playing in Coors Field a 3-0 lead can never really be seen as comfortable and especially not with how the Rockies have played this defensively this season. The Rockies are second in the majors having committed 15 errors, Troy Tulowitzki being responsible for 6 of those. Congratulations again to Jamie Moyer on his record!
The Rockies(5-6) look to take the series tonight against San Diego(3-9) with Juan Nicasio(0-0, 6.52) going against Clayton Richard(1-0, 2.77) for the Padres. Gametime 6:40pm.
With some certainty Astros fans have little to look forward to this season, except the end of the season. 2013 the Astros move to the American League which gives them a new, fresher start, if you will. There’s little talent on the Astros roster, so Astros fans shouldnt expect them to surprise anyone in the division, let alone the National League. This years Astros are not last seasons D’backs, and if you followed this blog for any length of time you know I despise the D’backs(as well as almost everything Arizona), so for me to get them the slightest bit of credit, means I must not be feeling well.
With the same amount if not greater certainty Rockies fans arent sure what to expect from this team for the 2012 season. Part of that is that the NL West is still anybody’s game, despite the Giants and D’backs seemingly to be the favorites by the media. Sure, there were moves were made this offseason. Gone are Iannetta(thank God!), Cook, Street, Smith, Stewart, Hammel, Spilborghs and others. In are Cuddyer, Scutaro, Hernandez, Moyer, Guthrie, etc. Is this team on paper better than last season’s team? I believe they are, but not that much better to win the NL West. Pitching of course being the unknown factor.
The Rockies should take 2 out of 3 in the series as I’m giving the Astros game 1 since it is their home opener. God I hope I’m wrong and the Rox sweep! It would be a great way to come into the home opener at Coors Field on April 9th.