Typically teams that are completely out of it by late July are selling at the trade deadline. They are trying to rebuild for the future. The Rockies are a unique case in 2012, though, in that they don’t have anyone to trade that would bring back pieces to rebuild for the future. Usually teams trade players with expiring contracts that they won’t be able to sign in the offseason or know the player won’t come back to play for the team. The Rockies have favorable contracts with many of their players and are not going to be trading superstars Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki.
They did make a few moves heading into the craziness that is the trade deadline. They shipped Marco Scutaro (who is on a 1 year deal) to the San Francisco Giants for a couple prospects. Scutaro isn’t the kind of player that is going to command elite prospects in return, so the trade probably won’t make much of a difference. They also cut ties with Jeremy Guthrie, who started on opening day for Colorado. In return, the Kansas City Royals sent struggling pitcher Jonathan Sanchez
(formerly of the San Francisco Giants). Sanchez is familiar with Coors Field because of his time with the Giants, but he has not been sharp this season. Before the trade, the Royals had sent him down to AAA. He has great stuff if he can keep it in the strike zone…but the problem is that he tends to throw a lot of balls. He even has a no-hitter to his name, but he also had 8 walks in that game. That sums up his potential right there. He’s had two rough outings in his debut with the Rockies on July 23 and July 29 giving up at least 5 runs in each start and only lasting 4 innings and 4 1/3 innings in those starts.
This season could be seen as the most disappointing season in Colorado Rockies history. While the expectations weren’t too high coming in, no one saw them having the 2nd worst record in baseball as we enter August. Only the Houston Astros have a worse record than the Rockies. The Rockies need to find some pitching to complement their offense. Too many times they lose games where they score at least 6 runs and have over 10 hits. Their rotation is awful and their bullpen isn’t much better. Fans continue to pack Coors Field, although lately there has been as much of the opposing teams color in the crowd as the home purple and black. Either way, Rockies games are exciting to watch because at least one team (usually the visiting team) is going to have a hit parade.
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Written by Steve Folsom
Sports has always been my passion in life. I enjoy all sports but baseball is by far my favorite. I bring an analytical perspective to my sports consumption. Follow me on Twitter @Steven_Folsom.