In the worst day for Rockies fans since both Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki got hurt in 2013, the Rockies received more horrible injury news and lost to the Braves 3-1. In a season that started out so promising, 2014 is turning into yet another nightmare. The Rockies are due to catch a break, but it's already looking like that will have to wait until 2015.
Christian Bergman made his Major League debut (since every other Rockies pitcher is on the DL), and had a pretty solid outing. His six innings of two run ball should have been good enough to win the game, but the anemic lineup couldn't get him any support. Bergman's slider wandered all over the strike zone and several long fly balls died just short of home run distance, but he competed throughout. A two run rally from the heart of the Braves lineup produced two runs in the fourth, but that was the only difficulty the rookie faced. He even picked up a base hit in his first at bat.
But when you can only produce four lousy hits in a game, you usually won't win. The lone Rockies marker came on a Corey Dickerson home run in the seventh inning off Gavin Floyd. That's 8 home runs in 121 at bats; prorate that out to 600 at bats and he's pushing 40 homers. I'm not saying just saying.
Rex Brothers sandwiched a walk with three strikeouts, which is probably his best inning of the year. And that's the last positive thing I'll say tonight.
Carlos Gonzalez went under the knife, Michael Cuddyer will be in a sling for six weeks, Lyles is broken, Butler is sore, etc. etc. What's the point when half your team can't even play?
We can all read where this is going. The Rockies have lost 10 of their last 11 and are looking bad doing it (of course). It's impossible to say when the club will be at full strength, but we it's increasingly looking like that won't happen until they are well and truly buried. It stings to say it on June 9th, but...perhaps 2015 will go better.