The Rockies continued their losing ways last night with a 4-1 decision - an experience made all the worse by the 8:10 Mountain time starts of these West Coast road games. The loss dropped the Rockies to 46-73 on the year and 18-43 on the road. Combined with the Texas win yesterday, the Rockies have sole possession of first place in the Reverse Standings for the #1 pick in next year's draft (the Rockies hold the tiebreaker too by virtue of a worse 2013 record). C'mon boys, 43 games left, we can do this!
Of course! Troy Tulowitzki might have a more serious hip labrum issue, while Carlos Gonzalez is trying to get at the root cause of his chronic left knee tendinitis. It's possible that neither will play again this year.
As a follow up from yesterday, Rockies left-hander Brett Anderson is scheduled to have surgery Thursday in Phoenix to repair the bulging disc in his back that forced him out his start last week. Per the article, Anderson is expected to be sidelined for five months after the surgery.
After a season-long flirtation with the bullpen, Chad Bettis is back in the AAA starting rotation. Bettis really did profile as an elite late innings reliever, which is why many were in favor of his move to the pen, but he just hasn't been successful at all in that role this year. The Ditch Beast will try to regain the command as a starter that made him one of Colorado's top pitching prospects.
Also in the notes of the article is that Bill Geivett and Dan O'Dowd are in Tulsa evaluating PuRPs Jon Gray, Eddie Butler, and Tyler Anderson. The hope here is that none of them get the big league call-up this year.
Patrick Saunders takes a couple of great quotes from the coach of the hapless Tampa Bay Buccaneers and applies them to the Rockies.
David Martin has a great stat here - the Rockies are just 3-22 in their last 25 road games.
This quote from Rany Jazaerli on the Rockies passing on putting in a waiver claim on Jacob Turner is unfortunately perfect:
Really, the only reason to think Turner would not wind up in Chicago was that the Cubs didn't have first crack at him. They were second on the waiver wire behind the Colorado Rockies, and all the Rockies had to do was put in a waiver claim. But they didn't, possibly because the Rockies are so rich in pitching that they just don't have the room for him, or possibly because they're a completely clueless organization that doesn't know what the hell it's doing.
The truth hurts, Rockies fans.