Colorado Rockies' Recent Implosion May Present Them An Opportunity To Look To The Future

By Jim Heath
Walt Weiss Colorado Rockies
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To say Wednesday was a disappointing day for the Colorado Rockies would be an understatement of colossal proportions.

From start to end, it was a series of let downs that began with management’s inactivity as the trade deadline came and passed, and ended with the final out in a nine-run shelling at the hands of the Atlanta Braves.

The Braves made it a hat trick, putting up an eight-spot on a Rockies starter for the third consecutive night. Wednesday night was Tyler Chatwood’s night in the barrel, surrendering his eight runs (seven earned) on 10 hits in a mere 2.1 innings of work. The rough outing by the usually reliable Chatwood increased his season ERA from 2.48 to 3.15.

As if that wasn’t enough, Carlos Gonzalez left the game for the Rockies in the fourth inning after re-aggravating a lingering hand injury.

It would be easy at this point to assemble an epitaph of the season where I dive into a long list of missed opportunities, but what would be the point? The season is in the proverbial toilet. You know it, I know it – anyone that knows baseball understands it.

Instead maybe it’s time to throw out expectations with the understanding the postseason is a pipe dream. Maybe it’s time to find a bright side.

Colorado has the opportunity to evaluate their young talent in the coming weeks to determine where they are as a ball club. D.J. LeMahieu and Nolan Arenado have been mainstays in the Rockies lineup and show tremendous potential. Charlie Blackmon, Tyler Colvin and Corey Dickerson have spent their time bouncing between Triple-A Colorado Springs and the big club.

Charlie Culberson is a former no. 1 draft pick by the San Francisco Giants (2007) and now the Rocks get a look at Chad Bettis, who will make his MLB debut on Thursday night against the Braves.

Getting the opportunity to see the new young talent may not seem like much, but it’s something. After the sequence of unfortunate events that transpired on Wednesday – something certainly beats nothing.

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