When Tulo was traded a month ago, we knew things might get bad…for a while. As bad as this team’s rotation (and bullpen) have been (are), the offense on this current team…stinks.
If it were not for Cargo then 100 losses would be in the bag. But…he has been a one man wrecking crew for a while, and seemingly the only offense they can count on night-to-night (guess who is hut now…at least for tonight). All the talk of trading CarGo and getting some more pitching for him makes sense…until you remember that the offense, especially since Tulo left, has been hideous. Both at home and the road if we are honest. If the team has any chance of competing in 2016 (and I don’t get the feeling that the Monforts are thinking 3-5 year plans so why not focus on next year), it will need offense…and CarGo may have to be at Coors to have that be possible.
But right now…the Rox simply are not very good…even when playing a very bad Braves team. I won’t say they are unwatchable, because seeing whether DJ can stay above .300 all year and what that might mean for the team, because we want to see if Kyle Parker and Ben Paulsen can be important parts of the future Rockies. Because we want to see what Nolan can do to keep improving. In other words, its about the kids now.
And given that…we know they are not unwatchable. But it simply isn’t great baseball right now. Might the Rox end up being so bad they get the overall #1 pick? Something else to watch.
Tonight the Rox once again step in against the Braves in Atlanta, a place where the Rox simply have not played good baseball at most parts of their existence. But tonight we get to see another important kid…to go along with John Gray. Chad Bettis, who before getting hurt earlier this year was showing signs of being a potential #2 starter for this team, after being assumed to be a bust coming into this year. Ideally you want 9-10 good young pitchers from the High A to AAA level to keep building towards the future, knowing some will get hurt and some will fail. Bettis had started to look like a real keeper. The rest of the year will be about seeing if he is…along with a few others.
The Braves throw Mike Foltynewicz tonight, whose 6+ ERA might…key word might…might allow the Rox to finally break out…we can hope at least. I want 98 losses and the overall #1 pick. If we have to endure bad baseball you don’t want it to be epically bad and you don’t want to end up with the #2 pick overall. So…Go Rox…but just enough