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Affected by Altitude: Say It Ain’t So. I Will Not Go.

It’s time to have a difficult conversation: the Rockies aren’t a bad team on paper but they have two major problems: analytics and coaching.

The Purple Row podcast Affected by Altitude is hosted by staff writers Evan Lang, Skyler Timmins, and Mac Wilcox, who are all incredibly proud and excited to be lending their voices to more great Purple Row content for you to enjoy.

The Colorado Rockies are not necessarily a bad team on paper, but the execution seems to be flawed at every level. This week, Skyler, Mac, and Evan sit down and have a much needed talk on what is wrong with this organization’s approach to both pitching and hitting: analytics and coaching. On the pitching side, Yency Almonte is one of the Los Angeles Dodgers best relievers after being outrighted off the Rockies roster with a 7.55 ERA in 2021. Offensively we have taken a guy like Randal Grichuk—who specializes in fly ball and line drive contact—and have him driving the ball into the dirt at career high levels. The Rockies need to completely change their organizational approach and it starts with a shakeup of Bud Black’s coaching staff (Darryl Scott and Dave Magadan) and finally getting with the times when it comes to R&D.

We do have some positives to talk about though. Kris Bryant is on the mend and expected to be back with the team soon, and some members of the rotation really seem to be turning a corner. Meanwhile, the Rockies had several big league debuts this season and we’ve seen some interesting results. Brian Serven—the rookie catcher—has been such a pleasant surprise this season. Go Avs Go, by the way.

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Affected by Altitude is a weekly or bimonthly podcast featuring roundtable discussion, game segments, interviews, and the occasional hot take from a group of Purple Row contributors. We live in different places, have varying backgrounds, and may or may not be applying for the Rockies Director of R&D job. Regardless, we are all united in our love of the Rockies and a desire to provide Purple Row readers with a fresh new voice.

Are you a Purple Row reader and a Rockies fan? Then this show is for you. Please let us know how we’re doing, what you would like to see moving forward, or how we can do better. You can comment down below, or on Twitter at @AltitudeEffect.

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This episode was recorded on Friday, June 17, 2022. Statistics and events may not be current at time of posting.