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Rockies Lose by a Cool Fifteen
2008-05-26 19:26
by Mark T.R. Donohue

I arrived home in time to see 14-4, but I did not stick around for 20-5. That Jorge De La Rosa trade just keeps paying dividends, huh? This game was like the Rockies of this season facing their mirror image, a team that got hits every time there were runners on base to be knocked in. Perhaps with the Diamondbacks having taken their licks the Phillies are now working on completing their revenge for the playoff sweeps last fall.

The real culprit for this montrosity is, of course, the sorry state of Rockies pitching taken as a whole. Save for Aaron Cook the starting rotation is a shambles. While the bullpen has some bright spots -- Taylor Buchholz, whom the Rockies seem determined to never start in any circumstances, ever, has a sub-1.00 WHIP, Brian Fuentes is doing his thing, and until they both took it on the chin tonight, veterans Jason Grilli and Matt Herges were holding it down. However, after that, things get scary, and what's as striking as the high ERA's is the sheer number of hurlers that Colorado has used this season. It's nineteen. And it's May! The NL-scouring Diamondbacks have only used fifteen. That may not seem like a huge difference, but if you consider a team generally starts the season with twelve, it means that Arizona has only had three changes and the Rockies have had seven. Maybe I'm grasping to make a point here, but in general championship contenders do not cycle relief pitchers in and out of service like drill bits.

2008-05-27 00:34:44
1.   Bob Timmermann
Why did Hurdle take out Herges after he had given up six runs and was down 16 with a relief pitcher coming to bat?

Corpas got to pitch against two guys (Condrey and Dobbs) who seemed to have little desire to do anything at the plate.

2008-05-27 08:09:46
2.   Woden325
I've been trying like all hell to stay optimistic about this season, but last night's game really put a dent in my Panglossian outlook. Especially after coming from a fun, if not pretty, Sky Sox victory.
The Rockies are rapidly running out of maneuvering room, even if lightning strikes and they turn into last year's mid-September to mid-October Rockies.

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