Just maybe, it’s time for the Colorado Rockies to seriously consider evaluating the effectiveness of starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz.
On Monday night, Pomeranz matched his season-long outing – just 4.1 innings. In five starts since being called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs, Pomeranz has yet to find the end of the fifth inning.
What it all adds up to is that a Pomeranz start is as good as a Rockies loss and a rough night on the bullpen. The question as to why the Rockies cannot string together positive momentum is due to several factors, and it can now officially be noted that Pomeranz is one of them.
The Rockies began a four-game homestand with the Miami Marlins on Monday. This is a series the Rockies are supposed to win. Think about it: before Monday, the Marlins had lost four straight, including a streak of 37 scoreless innings.
Let me repeat myself for effect — 37 innings, zero runs.
Against Pomeranz, Miami struck for two in the first inning and one in the third. Many had to be thinking the Marlins were just what the Rockies needed on their schedule. As it turns out, Pomeranz was just what the Marlins needed to get off the schneid.
In temporary defense of a less-than-stellar Pomeranz effort, it must be noted that the Rocks’ offense wasn’t exactly lights-out. In fact, the Rockies had nine hits on the evening … good enough for just one run. In a single bright moment on the evening, the one run Colorado netted Monday was Troy Tulowitzki’s first long ball since his return from the DL.
The Rockies are in the middle of a 10-game homestand where they desperately need to find success. Yet four games in, the Rockies are a disappointing 2–2. Game two with the Marlins takes place on Tuesday night as Jhoulys Chacin takes the mound against Marlins All-Star Jose Fernandez.
Considering both teams’ recent offensive struggles and knowing what Chacin and Fernandez bring to the table, chances are not exactly high that Tuesday will be the night these two teams break through their batting slumbers.