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5 Things That Went Wrong For Colorado Rockies in 2014

5 Things That Went Wrong For Colorado Rockies in 2014

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The Colorado Rockies looked like they were going to be one of the biggest surprises in baseball when they came out of May with a 26-21 record. They looked like they could stay in the Wild Card race the entire year. It is hard to say what went wrong from there. As of right now, they are 28 games under .500. Here are five reasons why the season went down the tubes.

5. Coors Field

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5. Coors Field

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We have been talking about the thin air in Colorado and how it has affected pitching and hitting since day one. It is a real factor, but eventually the Rockies have to figure it out. Coors Field isn't going anywhere, so the team has to play around that.

4. Bad Fielding

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4. Bad Fielding

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The Rockies currently rank 25th in the majors with 91 errors. When you are in a park that can have a home run at any pitch, you have to get the outs when you have to opportunity. There isn't one particular player who is worse than others (even though Nolan Arenado leads the team with 15;, it is more of a team wide issue.

3. Blown Saves

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3. Blown Saves

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The only thing worse than blowing outs is blowing leads. Only two teams in the league have more blown saves than the Rockies. Between having to stick with LaTroy Hawkins as the closer to Rex Brothers' extremely disappointing season, the team can't trust the bullpen to finish games.

2. Starting Pitching

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2. Starting Pitching

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Jorge De La Rosa has 13 wins for the Rockies. Nobody else on the team has more than six. What's even worse is the team has had 15 different players start a game over the season. Between injuries and ineffectiveness, the starters can't get the job done either.

1. Injuries

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1. Injuries

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The Rockies have lost Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez, Brett Anderson, Michael Cuddyer and more for most, if not all, of this season. Tulo was looking like an MVP candidate for most of the season. Gonzalez is one of the best young players when healthy. Cuddyer won last year's batting title. There are currently nine key players on the DL. You can't win that way.

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