As everyone knows, The Rockies have a big hole in their game. The current relievers for the Rockies are Houston Street, Josh Fogg, Matt Daley, Manny Corpas, Franklin Morales, Joel Parelta and Juan Rincon. Street is great, but there is no real #2 man. I do not believe there is one in the organization. If we do not get at least the wild card, this is the reason. I would like to see two pitchers added.
Take your pick on who goes between Fogg, Daley, Parelta and Rincon. Like most Rockies fans, I like Fogg, and he has done well when he has pitched. Daley, Parelta and Rincon have all been OK, but not comparable to Taylor Buchholz. We need a pitcher or two of that level.
One of the results of having a week bullpen is more pressure is put on our starters. You can't help but notice that Jim Tracy stays with his starters longer than Clint did. This has the potential of hurting us down the road. I feel that Tracy does not have confidence in the back end of the bullpen.
On everybody's "Power Rankings" the Dodgers are at or near the top. Baseball Prospectus has the Dodgers as the number one team. If you take our best lineup (which includes Seth Smith), our players have a better OPS+ than the Dodgers best 8. Our starters are at least close to being as good as theirs, and depends on how you look at it, ours are better.
It is our bullpen that is clearly the problem. These are the guysthat I would be willing to trade for players close to Buchholz's quality. EY2, Garrett Atkins (lol), Matt Murton, Sadly Ryan Spillborghs, possibly Carlos Gonzalez (for the right guy), Jeff Kingery, and even, (gulp), Seth Smith.
For instance, trade Garrett Atkins, where we pick up most of the salary, and EY2 to the Orioles for Jim Johnson. Trade EY2 to Oakland for Michael Wuertz. Get Bobby Seay from the Tigers. Get someone. Or two. We have average guys now. We do not need quantity, we need quality. For you EY2 lovers out there, we have a second baseman now.
I assume that Dan O'Dowd is working on something. I would like a rumor or two to ease my mind. This is a big hole, and if it is not fixed, we will underperform with a very good team.