By Zach Morrison @Zach_Morrison1 on June 29, 2014
The Colorado Rockies got off to a good start in 2014, but things have gotten rocky since then. They now find themselves at 35-46 and will likely be sellers once again at the trade deadline. Here are five things we have learned about the 2014 Rockies midway through the season.
Troy Tulowitzki is an extremely talented player, but staying healthy has always been his problem. He has stayed on the field this year, and in 321 plate appearances, Tulo is hitting .348/.442/.618 with a 179 wRC+. He is second in MLB with a 4.6 fWAR.
In 306 plate appearances, Justin Morneau has a .306/.341/.518 triple-slash line. The veteran left-handed hitting first baseman is second on the Rockies with 13 home runs and leads the team with 57 RBI.
The Rockies' problem certainly isn't offense this year. In 3,107 plate appearances as a team, they are hitting .283/.335/.457. Their .283 average leads all of baseball and their .335 on-base percentage is second behind the Oakland Athletics. Their slugging percentage of .457 leads all of the MLB by a lot, the second-best slugging percentage is the Detroit Tigers with .441.
The Rockies still aren't good at pitching, and while some of it can be blamed on Coors Field, it can't all be written off as playing in a hitters' park. As a team, they don't get nearly enough strikeouts, with just 6.51 K/9. They have a 4.96 ERA as a team and their pitching staff is last among all teams with a 2.5 fWAR.
At 35-46, it's clear at this point that the Rockies won't be participating in postseason baseball once again this year. They will likely sell off some pieces at the trade deadline and hopefully acquire some pitching in the offseason so they actually have a chance in 2015. No matter how much offense a team has, it always comes back to pitching.
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