Even when a team is completely out of contention like the Colorado Rockies, there are plenty of things that can be stressed by the manager as the season draws to a close. The Rockies were close this year. At times they were better than close and in first place which is very encouraging. The problem for the Rockies this season has been the same as many other teams throughout Major League Baseball. They have not been good enough for long enough to put themselves in contention. They lack consistency.
What is the difference between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves? Both have the ability to shut down an opposing team but the Astros do not do it consistently while the Braves and others like them do. The Rockies find themselves somewhere in the middle where they can do the good things for a little while but their injury issues and inconsistency problems cost them any real chance to put up a big chance for the 2013 post season.
For Weiss and his staff, there are a lot of things they need to focus on. Weiss could do a better job managing though he did pretty well this year considering the situation. Their offense needs to stay healthy so that they can gain the precious consistent run-scoring ability that sets teams apart. While they certainly are not in danger of catching the Los Angeles Dodgers unless the Dodgers forfeit half of the rest of their games, the Rockies have plenty they can do and should do to improve their standing next season.