The Colorado Rockies had what most would call a successful first half of the season but it ended with them falling from the battle for first once again. More than once the Rockies were either in first place or right there barking down the door and just fell like a stone three or four games backwards. Now with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks poised for a fight down the stretch the Rockies need pitching help from the trade market in order to join the party.
Michael Cuddyer is someone the Rockies suggested at an earlier date that they really didn’t want to trade. That isn’t the same language they used to describe Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki however. Those two were labeled untouchable while Cuddyer was labeled as costly. After his performance over the All-Star festivities including the Home Run Derby, there might be a few more asking about Cuddyer’s power bat down the stretch.
The Rockies like Cuddyer’s power bat as well but they don’t need his power bat as much as they need pitching help. CarGo and Tulo along with several of the other sluggers on the offensive side of the ball can score plenty of runs. The problem the Rockies keep running into is that they can’t outscore every opponent every day.
That leads to the roller-coaster inconsistency that you see in their N.L. West positioning. If they want to really compete over the rest of the season they need to be willing to let go of Cuddyer and a good prospect to bring in some really good pitching. Otherwise they can enjoy their batting practice Home Run Derbies because that is all the fun they’ll have.