When the 2013 MLB season first began, I had the Colorado Rockies pegged as a last-place team solely because they lacked talent in their pitching staff. Well, the team is currently 37-36 and its pitching has been good, yet its offensive sluggers just can’t find a way to stay healthy.
This was supposed to be a rebound season of sorts for shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who missed a bulk of last season and was relegated to only 61 games. Tulo started off the 2013 campaign in fantastic fashion, roping 16 home runs, but a rib injury earlier this month will keep the two-time Gold Glove Award winner sidelined for at least four to six weeks.
Not to mention, the pitching staff is also hamstrung as closer Rafael Betancourt has been on the DL since June 1, and the Rockies’ faithful will be lucky to see him on the mound before July hits. Thankfully, Rex Brothers has held the fort down, nailing three saves in place of Betancourt.
To make matters worse, Dexter Fowler is feeling more and more discomfort in his fractured right ring finger.
Despite hitting in the batting cages on Thursday, the center fielder is dealing with some unbearable pain. With an MRI in the works, Colorado will have to prepare for life without the five-tool speedster in the outfield. A stint on the DL is the last thing that Fowler wants, considering No. 24 has been stellar in June with a .347 batting average and seven RBIs.
I laughed hysterically when Colorado hired Walt Weiss to be its next manager last Winter. However, the rookie skipper has proven me wrong and if the Rockies can stay above .500 despite the rash of injuries, Weiss deserves to have his name in the NL Manager of the Year conversation.