August 22nd, 2014 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere
When you read anything on the possible ways to improve the Colorado Rockies, everything is obviously about pitching. But after getting through the woes of both the rotation and the bullpen, the next thing on the list is upgrading second base. DJ LeMahieu isn't as dynamic as a guy as Chase Utley or Brian Dozier, but he is a terrific second baseman to have on your team. In fact, DJ LeMahieu is the most underrated player on the Colorado Rockies.
DJ has the eight-hole in the lineup locked down. It often gets looked at just the worst bat in the lineup, but whomever fills that role needs to have a versatile bat and a cool demeanor. Batting mostly in the eighth spot in his three seasons with the Colorado Rockies he has put up a .274 average with 80 RBI and 27 stolen bases. Power will never be his game with just eight career home runs, but he does have 43 doubles and 10 triples in his time in Colorado.Read more... Join the Conversation...
August 21st, 2014 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere
The Colorado Rockies have certainly had their struggles in recent years, but can they turn things around soon. One team had similar struggle, but was able to turn things around. That team was the Kansas City Royals and are now fighting for the AL Central division crown. The Royals were synonymous with losing for about a decade until the wins started piling up the last two years. The question becomes, then, can the Colorado Rockies be the next KC Royals?
The Royals come up as they were in town for a quick tow game series that ended in a split thanks to another marvelous pitching performance from Jorge De La Rosa and grand slam heroics from Matt McBride. That and the parallels that can be drawn between the two organizations. Both from smaller markets in the middle of the country, both have stacked losses the last 20 years and both have made many a questionable decision in that 20 year or so span.
There is hope, though, as the Royals winning percentage the last two years stands at a healthy .542. In the ten years between winning seasons for the Royals, their record stood at 565-863. That's a winning percentage of just .396. They turned things around last year with an 86 win record and this year they are going toe-to-toe with the heavyweight Detroit Tigers.Read more... Join the Conversation...
August 20th, 2014 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere
A late lead blown by the bullpen. A familiar refrain to all Colorado Rockies fans this year. The bullpen has been overworked this season, but their performance has been dreadful regardless of innings pitched. With the bullpen seemingly set in stone this season, the Rockies will have to wait for the offseason to make any changes.
Before any potential changes, though, a look at just how bad the Rockies bullpen has been. They're easily in last place in MLB terms of relief ERA with a number well over five. They have the NL worst save percentage, inherited runners scored percentage, the lowest wins above average and most losses by the 'pen. In short, they've been really, really bad this year.
Now it seems that Bill Geivett or whatever combination of front office members decide on promotions and demotions have some favorites. It's the only thing to explain how Rex Brothers isn't in AAA Colorado Springs to hopefully find some of the control he demonstrated last year. High hopes for Brothers this year has turned into downright disappointment.Read more... Join the Conversation...
August 19th, 2014 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere
Not only did Michael Cuddyer hit for the cycle for the second time in his career on Sunday, he also proved to the Colorado Rockies that he should be back with the team next season. A free agent at the end of the season, the Rox shouldn't have to work too hard or spend to much to brink back the versatile outfielder.
Cuddyer is coming off of a season wherein he played in fewer games than he missed with injury and will be 36 by the time next season starts. Neither of those two issues should concern Rockies brass, though, as they will have good depth in the outfield regardless of what they do with Carlos Gonzalez. If the team throws out a starting outfield of Corey Dickerson, Charlie Blackmon and Cuddyer with Drew Stubbs and Brandon Barnes rotating in, they will still have one of the best offensive outfields in all of baseball.
In his 264 games played for Colorado, Cuddy is slashing .305/.361/.517, has hit 42 home runs and has driven in 161. In what is ostensibly two full seasons, that production is something that would surely be missed in the Rockies lineup. Even this year, while only playing in 33 games at the Major League level, Cuddyer has posted a .331 average with 6 home runs and 19 RBI.Read more... Join the Conversation...
August 18th, 2014 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere
Mark your calendars, everyone. August 17, 2014 was a perfect day for the Colorado Rockies. They retired the number of the greatest player in franchise history, swept a dramatic doubleheader — one by walkoff and the other with a player competing the cycle. And oh yeah, there was also a fan now forever known as Rally Guy who was officially trending on Twitter during the second game. The only word to describe that day is perfect.
The retirement ceremony for Todd Helton's number 17 was beautifully executed. If only the team could put together a roster like they could that ceremony. Anyway, former teammates exalted Helton and he himself gave a nice speech, but the show was most definitely stolen by his eldest daughter Tierney Faith.
After the pregame festivities and a bit of a rain delay, the games got underway. Game one followed typical Rockies fashion. That is, getting out to an early lead, then pitching letting the lead slip away and then the bullpen gives up even more runs. In a stunning turn of events, though, the Rockies didn't go quietly into the night… game, they instead turned the bats up and belted five runs in the bottom of the ninth thanks to some positive juju from Rally Guy. The winning blow came in the form of a walkoff three-run home run from Drew Stubbs.Read more... Join the Conversation...