By Tyler Ruby on June 17, 2014
Offense has never been the issue with the Colorado Rockies. This year alone, they are ranked first in the National League in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. But somehow they are two games under .500 on the year. So this obviously points to their pitching as the source of their problems.
Here are the five players the Colorado Rockies could do without in 2014.
Rex Brothers has been a popular choice out of the bullpen for Walt Weiss because he is a lefty, but if Weiss had other options, Brothers wouldn't see nearly the amount of innings he does. This season, he currently sits with a 4.80 ERA with a 1.467 WHIP. This isn't exactly what a team looks for out of its bullpen to protect leads.
Charlie Culberson has been a valuable player for the Rockies as he has been able to play any position on the infield, but he hasn't been able to hit in the Rockies' lineup. He may be the only player not to do so. He is batting .194 this season with only eight RBIs.
Wilin Rosario seems to be an all-or-nothing type of hitter. He is batting .232 with seven home runs this year. Even though he has those seven home runs, he only has 25 RBIs. Fortunately for the Rockies, their surrounding lineup makes up for his lack of productivity.
Franklin Morales was a rather successful reliever in the past, so maybe he should return to that role. The Rockies transitioned him to a starter, and he hasn't exactly panned out the way they had hoped. He is 4-4 with a 5.83 ERA this season.
Juan Nicasio is another starter who has had a dismal season thus far. If you can believe it, his ERA is higher than Franklin Morales' at 5.92. If the Rockies had any sort of pitching to match their outstanding lineup, they'd be a serious threat in the National League. But with pitchers like Nicasio and Morales, they will sit around a .500 record for the majority of the year.
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