October 20th, 2014 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere
When the World Series finally gets underway tomorrow, the teams will be throwing their aces into the fray. James Shields will go for the Royals and Madison Bumgarner for the Giants. Easy decisions. If the Rockies had somehow — miraculously — reached the playoffs this year, their game one starter would also be an easy decision: Jorge De La Rosa. Game two, on the other hand, would weave a much different tale. Who would be the Colorado Rockies' game two starter?
For this exercise, let's say the starting five consists of Jorge De La Rosa, a healthy Jordan Lyles, a healthy Brett Anderson, Tyler Matzek, and Franklin Morales. Morales, despite pitching rather well during the magical Rocktober of 2007, will be eliminated for this conversation. That leaves two guys who were hurt for much of the year and a rookie. Maybe this is why the Rockies didn't make the playoffs. Just spitballing here.
Right off the bat, everyone would say Jordan Lyles, as he did go 7-4 in 22 starts this season. He had the best season of everyone not named Jorge, and that should count for something. Posting a 4.33 ERA in almost 130 innings, Lyles had a career year and was the most consistent pitcher in the early part of this season.Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 19th, 2014 at 1:45 PM
By Joe Lemere
When the World Series wraps up, the Major League Baseball offseason will officially begin. Players will enter exclusive negotiations with their teams, but if no deal is reached by the middle of December, those without contracts will become free agents. We talked yesterday about how little funds the Colorado Rockies have to spend this winter, but the odds are still that they'll make at least one move in free agency this year. What will it be?
Of course helping out a major league worst bullpen would be a good idea for new GM Jeff Bridich. A guy like Luke Gregerson or Koji Uehara will be too expensive to be in purple pinstripes next year, but there are still some good arms to be had. But someone like Jason Motte who is coming off of a very poor season, but has shown he has what it takes to succeed in his career, should expect to come at a little bit of a discount. Or if Bridich and the Rox are feeling adventurous, take a stab at Jesse Crain. He didn't pitch at all in 2014, but he was an excellent reliever in the AL Central throughout his career. And he's from Colorado, for what that's worth.Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 18th, 2014 at 2:29 PM
By Joe Lemere
The Colorado Rockies will most likely have a $100 million payroll next year. And based off of their $93 million payroll this year, it probably won't mean much of an improvement. In fact, 2014 was the most costly season in Rockies franchise history and was one of their worst in terms of win-loss. With very little money in the bank to spend, what can the Blake Street Bombers do this offseason?
$64 million of the 2015 payroll is going to six players, of which only Jorge De La Rosa and LaTroy Hawkins didn't spend any time on the DL. Boone Logan, Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki all missed huge parts of the season and they take up 42 million of those dollars. The rest of the guys are either arbitration eligible or are pre-arbitration, so they aren't pulling too much salary collectively, depending upon what the arbitration hearings decide.
With all this cash tied up, the Rox — who are never going to be big spenders under current ownership — have very little room to do anything in free agency this year. That also means that their own free agents are out of the door. In terms of Franklin Morales, Matt Belisle and Nick Masset, it's not a huge loss, but losing Michael Cuddyer would be. Sure, he's been hurt and is getting up there in age, but is still a great asset to have on the team.Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 17th, 2014 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere
These playoffs sure have been good, right? A walk-off bomb sends the San Francisco Giants to the Fall Classic to take on America's team, the Kansas City Royals. While the Giants have dominated in even years, it seems the Royals can't be beaten. No matter which way the World Series goes, though, there's a few things the Colorado Rockies can take away from the series.
The single most important thing to take away from both of the teams playing for it all is the never-say-die attitude they play with. Remember when the Royals were down 8-4 to the Oakland A's and on the verge of playoff elimination? No, no one does. Comeback after comeback, walk-off after walk-off, both these teams just won't quit. That's why there here in late October playing for all the marbles. Or whatever the kids play for nowadays.
One of the things that Rockies 101 has been a big proponent of is trading the superstar duo of Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez for a bounty of talented young pitchers and position players. The Royals have proved that you don't need star players to win at the highest levels, you need guys to compete everyday and can come through in the clutch. Even the Giants — sans Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey — have used the same formula this year.Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 16th, 2014 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere
It has been rumored for a while now, but it seems more likely now than ever. Formerly of the Colorado Rockies Dan O'Dowd could very well end up being the next GM of the Atlanta Braves. Now, instead of getting into the details of the Braves' search for their next GM, let's take a look at what Atlanta could end up with if our old fried does indeed get the job.
First off, the Braves would be getting a guy well respected throughout the baseball world. Sure, he wore out his welcome in Denver years ago and won't be the most popular of hires, but he's somehow still regarded highly among baseball insiders. Apparently, Rockies fans aren't baseball insiders.
Recent history has shown the Braves know pitching. That's a good thing if O'Dowd is coming down to Georgia. During his 15 year tenure in Denver, O'Dowd has been responsible for drafting zero pitchers of Major League quality or consequence as of yet. The minor leaguers look promising, but 15 years was long enough for him to find at least one, was it not? The free agent and trade acquisitions of pitchers has rarely worked out, sans Jorge De La Rosa and a few others.Read more... Join the Conversation...