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R.J. Anderson doesn’t pull his punches in this piece, and explains why the concerns about the Rockies awful offense and playoff chances are no longer just over-reactions. In addition to a serious lack of hitters at or above league-average OPS+ (only one currently active—Trevor Story), the Rockies are also about to embark upon a stretch of games (16 straight) against playoff contenders. It’s not a great set-up, but there’s still time to turn it around.
It’s so bad right now, Tony Wolters is contemplating the unthinkable. According to Nick Groke, TFW is so desperate to help this team get out of its funk, he is considering *takes a deep breath* shaving his mustache. Say what you will about superstitions, but you have to admit the fact that Tony is in such a mental space shows how badly this team wants to win.
Groke goes deeper than just mustache shaving in this article, of course, regarding the collective consciousness of a team reeling. Inside you’ll find more details about how statistically bad this offense has been so far, and even more quotes and venting from Rockies players who are as frustrated as anyone. Bud Black, to his credit, looks at this adversity as an opportunity for his team to grow—and they better get sprouting.
We’re all aware of how bad the first two weeks of baseball have gone for the Rockies, and for many it comes as a surprise for a team coming off back-to-back playoff appearances. But Noah Yingling argues that we should have seen this coming—well, some of it, at least.
There has been a lot of bad offensive production, or a complete lack-thereof for some, but I am not afraid to admit I think the bigger problem is something you can’t predict—injuries. Noah acknowledges this aspect of the team’s struggles, but offers a handful more reasons why this poor start shouldn’t be such a surprise to those of us wallowing in our misery.
Kyle Newman knows the Rockies are underperforming, and it’s been hard to watch. This was punctuated by an 0-5 homestand to start the year which really was a damper on the excitement of baseball returning to 20th and Blake in 2019. You can’t blame fans for being down about this team after hopes were so high to begin the season, buy Kyle says Rockies fans shouldn’t “freak out,” and offers three of the worst possible over-reactions to make.
There have been too many disappointing twists and turns this season to count on two hands, but the biggest so far might be the early tribulations of Kyle Freeland. Jack Etkin writes about Kyle’s journey from Opening Day Ace to a frustrated phenom. The numbers don’t look good—a 5.40 ERA, 4.47 FIP, and 4.86 BB/9, for instance—but Bud Black, Chris Iannetta, and even Kyle himself have faith he will return to his Cy Young votes-getting self before too long. We should all take a page out of their book—it’s time to believe!
On the farm
Vince Fernandez (no. 21 PuRP) homered for the Yard Goats, his second of the young season, Craig Gentry went 2-for-5 in his organizational debut, Brendan Rodgers (no. 1 PuRP) was 2-for-4—raising his average to .324 (mup?)—and Jesus Tinoco (no. 12 PuRP) continued his strong start to the year by tossing 1.1 innings while striking out one Rainier.