By Illya Harrell on July 20, 2014
Colorado Rockies fans are getting used to dark days in Denver. Another year, same song and dance. Tulo and the boys can knock the ball around the yard with the best in baseball, but the Rockies pitching is awful. With the worst record in the NL, it can only get better, right? It's probably safer to say that things can't get that much worse.
So far through 2014, Troy Tulowitzki has been the best hitter in the NL. Tulo is not the only big stick on the club. Colorado leads the NL in runs, home runs, total bases and batting average. At 17 games below .500, the bats are obviously not to be blamed.
Nolan Arenado won a Gold Glove Award last year as a rookie, only the tenth defender to do so. The Rockies are solid up the middle with Tulo and D.J. LeMahieu -- both well above-average. The team is tied for ninth with 60 errors, three above league average. Their catcher Wilin Rosario is so bad the team has tried him at third, first and during inter-league play they've put him in the DH spot.
Colorado's starting pitching is dead last in almost every major pitching category. They've allowed 204 walks, ranking second-to-last behind Philadelphia. When a team plays in a home run friendly ball park, free passes are the last thing managers need. If the Rockies starting staff were a medical condition, it would be stage-four pancreatic cancer.
Ageless wonder, LaTroy Hawkins is having another fine season. That said, Colorado's bullpen is worse than their starters. Their ERA ranks last, a full 1.01 earned runs higher than the second-to-last team.
In his first two seasons as a Major League manager, Walt Weiss has been given nothing -- in the way of pitching -- to work with. General Manager Dan O'Dowd year-after-year fails miserably in his attempts to land ground ball, strike-throwing pitchers. Chicks may dig the long ball, but pitching wins ballgames. Until O'Dowd rights the hurler ship in Colorado, they will continue to anchor to last place in the NL West.
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