Ace in the hole?
You know your team is having a bad year when your ERA. Is comparable to a good interest rate on a home loan. The Rockies are at the bottom of the barrel in every major category this year. Every year Rockies fans are left to wonder, what if we had some pitching. This year is no different, so what’s missing? How do they fix it? Blow up the entire staff? Revamp the bullpen? I don’t believe the bullpen is as bad as numbers show, to be successful they need to be put in a position that allows that. The best way for that to happen is for the starters to eat more innings, and have more quality starts. As of July 4, 2014 the Rockies are second to last in NL quality starts with 35. Going into the All-Star break the rotation will look like this. De La Rosa, Anderson, Matzek, Jurjjens, Morales or Flande. How would this staff look with a real ace? Right now we don’t have a guy that can dominate the game; we don’t have a skid stopper. An ace always keeps his team in the game, or to be fair has a quality start 85% of the time. We need a guy that inspires the rest of the staff to elevate their game. De La Rosa is a nice piece but he isn’t a top of the line ace, he sure would look great as a number two. The NL West of full of great pitching. If the boys on Blake ever think of contending they need a top of the line ace. David Price is out there, but the front offices on 20th and Blake give us reminders that he won’t be wearing purple pin stripes. Maybe Gray or Butler will become that ace they so desperately need. One thing is certain; they don’t have an ace in the hole.