And The Hits Just Keep a Missin’

Perhaps the best indicator that something needs to change managerially is the pulse of this site and its followers.  To know how those around here feel, just take a look at the current poll:

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At the time of this writing, less than 24 hours after being posted, there have been 104 votes cast from 45 voters and not one single person has said “nobody” should be fired.  On a site that is a great dissection of optimistic, pessimistic, cynical and innocent fans, the consensus is unanimous: someone has to pay for this travesty that we call a season!

An interesting comment from Matt Belisle after the 7-4 loss last night to the Miami Marlins shows how far apart the team is from the fans:

“It’s disgusting what is happening…If anything this has brought us closer together because we can’t believe it.”

While all fans can agree that it is disgusting, and they can’t believe it either, to a man the feeling would be that it isn’t bringing us closer together.  If anything, the fan base is looking for other ways to spend their time and money.  Even season ticket holders are angry that they have to go to a game and watch this atrocity on the field.

Closer together?  Misery loves company?

Keep playing like this and your fan base might just be limited to your fellow teammates.  They will be the only ones able to stomach another gut wrenching loss.

Perhaps someone should get angry in the clubhouse and throw something at a wall.

Maybe the thinking that it is still early is the same as a surgeon asking you to count down from 100 as he puts the general anesthetic over your nose and mouth.  You optimistically feel that if he is starting the count at 100, you will get to at least 50 before going under. Anyone who has been put under knows how that turns out, lucky if they even get to 95.

If only this season was as peaceful as going under, but it is far too painful to continue in the current direction.

How is it that fans can scream at their televisions that Moyer should be pulled, way before the Stanton grand slam, because hitters are figuring him out, and yet Jim Tracy doesn’t recognize that?  Now WE the fans have to hear about how Stanton broke the scoreboard with one of the hardest hit home runs ever.  As if it wasn’t bad enough losing 14 of our last 17 games, we have to be the team that “was almost no hit” or the team that “gave up a scoreboard breaking grand slam”.  EVERYONE knew Moyer was needing to come out.  He didn’t do bad through three innings, striking out five, but when Mark Buehrle about hit a home run it was time to take him out.  The fans should never have had to go hoarse yelling at TV Tracy that Stanton was going to crush it.  We knew he would, especially when Moyer didn’t get the third strike call.

How is it that fans know every single time Tulo comes up in a pressure situation he will either pop up or hit into a double play, and yet he is still in a power hitting place in the lineup at fifth?  He is struggling, we get that.  But to ignore that he is struggling and keep him in a key position of the lineup is as dangerous as keeping Moyer in too long.  He should be shown the bottom of the lineup, or if that would be too damaging to his ego than maybe put him second.  Or on the bench until he gets his mojo back.

How is it that fans can sit back and expect more big swings than a big city park playground, all of them reaching for a fence that is beyond 100’s of feet of grass that would welcome a soft ball to its blades, and yet Carney Lansford hasn’t demanded smaller swings?  How can we have such power in CarGo, Tulo, Cuddy, Helton, Hernandez and Rosario and yet two-thirds of the National League has more hits than us?  Yes, we have struck out less than any other team in the National League, but that should be a BIG red flag.  How do you strike out less than any other team in the National League and still have fewer hits than 10 other NL teams?  Because you are popping up and grounding out thanks to big, over reaching swings.  How can we as fans see that?

How can pitchers continue to try to be cute with a strike-zone only to give out free passes like they were Netflix subscriptions? We are walking the 3rd most batters in the NL, and giving up the second most runs in the majors, and Bob Apodaca hasn’t corrected it?  Perhaps we should fine the players for walks.  Better yet, let Bob open up his wallet for every walk and donate a few grand to those of us that know every time a walk is issued a hit is coming next and it usually is gonna be extra bases.

There is something to be said for the mental portion of the game.  That losing breeds losing, winning breeds winning.  But, when the players or in the middle of a mental collapse, sometimes they can’t see the bat for the trees.  That is when management needs to come in and take control.  If the fans can see the problems, and know the outcomes like it is a foregone conclusion, then shame on management if they either can’t see it or are unwilling to change it, because soon the fans will give up and find a team that really does care.

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Figmon
Figmon
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Jaredean, a beautiful post. I couldn’t agree more. It seems like management is la-di-da about this pathetic excuse for a baseball season. I’m more entertained by my grandson’s pony league team. I was at the shutout on Friday night, and that will be my last game until something is done. Hey Monfort’s, are you listening?! For everyone else out there, I have 4 words….Four jobs or BUST.

Pooter
Pooter
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

I bet they wanted the Monforts to fire themselves….. I personally put Jimmer Tracy, DOD, and I Like Ice Cream.

sam
sam
8 years ago

Great article, rumour has it Monforts are not happy about the situation at all!!

Batgirl
Batgirl
8 years ago

Jared,
I love your “wraps”! I don’t need a play-by-play. Your articulate summation of the hell we’re all going through is indeed therapy. Most nights I’m speechless at the new ways we come up with to lose. I’m starting to enter the “hope we keep losing” camp so that major changes have to take place.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago

I was supposed to go to the game on Sunday, but because of the rain on Sat., the High school playoffs were switched to Sunday. I chose to go to the HS playoffs instead and don’t regret it one bit. I was thoroughly entertained with good fundamental baseball for several hours and only had to pay $7. The first game went 10 innings with Grandview winning. Second game Cherry Creek pulls it out with a 4-run rally in the bottom… Read more »

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago

Great work here Jared, you found several perfect examples of how miserable most of us fans feel about this season. Wow do I really wish there was a way to send your lead post to the powers pretend to be – J Tracy, DanO and the Monforts. Maybe our old friend Tracy R will find a way to slip this article in under the radar. But on a much brighter side my “honey do” list is rapidly becoming so much… Read more »

sabrchip
sabrchip
8 years ago

Great stuff today!!! I keep thinking about the Tracy coddle-the-star line where we’re constantly being told he doesn’t want to wear out the stars in the early part of the season so they have something left in the tank by August/September. Heck, by then there won’t even be any wheels on the bus. Who needs gas? We’ll be going up hill and will need more gas just to crest the hill. Doesn’t anyone think that resting these guys for home… Read more »

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rockymountainhigh
8 years ago

I would have added that Helton in the ranting recap of the game. He’s a rhythm player and when he sits twice a week, he can’t catch up to mid 90s fastballs. He’s been batting something like .170 in the month of May. That is worse than Tulo’s performance. I think it’s time to make the toughest of tough moves: make Helton a bench player and put Colvin in at 1B on a regular basis (or switch with Cuddyer). On… Read more »

lwesche
lwesche
8 years ago

So again a bad May will cost the entire season. We will be so far out, nothing will help. As we say every night while watching the game “it is hard being a Rockies fan”. I was not an EY fan, but we need a spark and he gives the team that. Agree with RMH, time to move Tulo to 8th in batting order, until he can hit. Shake it up. I would say time for Tracy to be gone,… Read more »

Just Say No to Waves
Just Say No to Waves
8 years ago
Reply to  lwesche

Try being a Cubs fan…

egossage
egossage
8 years ago

Jared,

Did you get my pictures from the Sky Sox game? So much more fun than watching a Rockies game! Even if we did we lose.

Just Say No to Waves
Just Say No to Waves
8 years ago

Great post. Heads need to roll, chairs need to be thrown, something drastic needs to happen. This team is not as bad as the standings suggest.

lwesche
lwesche
8 years ago

You got that right – then throw some dirt! My problem is I am also a Twinkies fan! Yikes….this is a bad, bad year.

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