Colorado Rockies' Frustrations Mount As Current Skid Hits Cataclysmic Proportions

By Jim Heath
Todd Helton Colorado Rockies
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Jhoulys Chacin had another solid effort for the Colorado Rockies Wednesday night, but New York Mets All-Star pitcher Matt Harvey was too much for the gang of Blake and 10th.

Actually … why bother?

Does the game really even matter at this point? Harvey’s effort was impressive and Chacin was solid, but the outcome just seems irrelevant. The Rockies did fall for a second consecutive night versus the Mets – but really, does anyone care? Did anyone else even sit through the same nightmare that was simply broadcast on a different night?

Colorado is a miserable 1-9 on their current road trip. Add that together with the other Rockies away games since June, and they have lost 26 of 35 road games. That’s not a typo, folks — of 35 games, the Rockies have won just nine.

This was a proud organization defying the odds, going against the grain of MLB prognosticators’ wisdom in June as they were a mere half game back of the NL West lead.  Now approaching mid-August, the Rockies are simply trying to stay out of the NL West cellar which, at this point, seems like the inevitable next step.

It has been a fall of cataclysmic proportions. And the Rockies’ loss Wednesday night wasn’t even the worst of the news — not by a long shot.

Carlos Gonzalez went on the DL before the game started, and news broke following the game that Tyler Chatwood was placed on the DL as well. Chatwood and Gonzalez join Rafael Betancourt, Drew Pomeranz and Roy Oswalt on the DL.

Turn out the lights – that’s a wrap for 2013. Where losing was an oddity in the beginning of the season, it has now become habit for the Rockies. Since their 13–4 start, the Rocks have won just 39 of 98 games. There’s bad, there’s terrible and then there’s this.

Watching first baseman Todd Helton’s post-game interview certainly told the story. Helton’s posture was standoffish and his words were short, but his entire presentation spoke volumes. It’s an unfortunate chapter in the storied career of the Rockies’ greatest player. What makes it even more unfortunate is the fact that this is one of the last chapters.

In all honesty, after the frustration witnessed in his actions, his voice and most obviously his eyes – we can only pray that the current slide won’t make it his last.

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