Wednesday Rockpile: Thirteen Games Back, Rockies Headed into the Danger Zone

A series that began with a modicum of optimism for the Rockies, given their surprising series win in Detroit, has turned into yet another disappointing moment in the 2009 season as the Rockies lost yesterday 7-1 to the Dodgers.

The loss dropped the Rockies nine games below .500 and an almost insurmountable 13 games behind the division leading Dodgers. In addition, they are a measly 7-12 at Coors Field, long an area of strength for the organization. 

With every loss, the Rockies are moving closer to making serious changes top to bottom in their organization--including but not limited to the manager, GM, and the prospect of several trades. If the Monforts need any ideas for fixing the club, here are Rox Girl's, Mine, and RandyDean's. Whispers in St. Louis indicate that the club is worried about Troy Glaus and that Garrett Atkins is a possible trade target.

Patrick Saunders looks at some recent struggles of notable Gen-R players, while Troy Renck mentions that the Rockies' new setup men are now Randy Flores and Manny Corpas.

Apparently it only takes two or three good outings to qualify for this job now--and with the Rockies' bullpen ERA at an NL-worst 5.40, I'm not sure what else the Rockies should be doing besides a fire sale and/or sacrificing to Jobu.

On the injury front, Thomas Harding notes that Ryan Speier will be given more rehab time due to problems that have developed in his delivery. Also mentioned was that Franklin Morales threw a much better bullpen session and appears to be on track for a rehab assignment soon.

Meanwhile, per Jack Etkin, reliever Taylor Buchholz will throw to hitters for the first time since February 26th in his bid to return to the Rockies. Buchholz appears to be several weeks away still, with his successful return increasingly in doubt.

On the big-league club, Brad Hawpe was held out of last night's game with a groin strain, though it appears he will be healthy within a few days. With Hawpe being perhaps the Rockies' biggest trade chip, they need him to play and to play well.

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