CarGo Resting as Rox Look to Deflect Brooms

Oh what a difference one year makes.

The Rockies played the Dodgers exactly one year ago today.  Looking at the roster is like looking at old photographs.  “Remember him?”  “He played for us?”  “Is that mustard on your hot dog???”

2011 Rockies Lineup vs Dodgers
CF Dexter Fowler
2B Mark Ellis
1B Todd Helton
SS Troy Tulowitzki
RF Seth Smith
LF Ty Wigginton
3B Ian Stewart
C Chris Iannetta
SP Juan Nicasio

By contrast, tonight’s lineup includes exactly ONE player from last year’s lineup.  Dexter Fowler.

Everyone else is either injured (Helton, Tulo and Nicasio) or traded (Ellis, Smith, Wiggington, Stewart and Iannetta).

So, what was the result a year ago?

The Rockies produced only five hits and dropped to seven games under .500 (the lowest of the season that far).

And some of the comments?

Instead of blaming individual players like we have on previous posts we must look at the problem as a team. Nearly everyone on this team, both hitting and pitching, (except for Helton) has regressed. Even our best players; Tulo, Cargo, and Jiminez, have regressed. In my eyes a team wide regression should be attributed to the coaching. Tracy may be a nice guy but he does not belong as a manager. Get rid of Tracy, get rid of the problem. We may still have a hot streak in this team, but it will not come under Jim Tracy. Some players, like Ian Stewart, need a chance under a new manager as stated by Doc. As long as Tracy is manager, and this is only my opinion, the team will continue to put up zero effort. I do not want to see this the rest of the season nor do I want to see it continue into next season before management realizes this. He must be let go asap.

ColRox your Sox

And some pretty spot-on prophetic insight:

The Rockies need to go into semi-rebuilding phase. Keep a core of Tulo, Cargo, Helton, Blackmon, Fowler, Chacin, Nicasio, DLR, Brothers, Belisle, and Reynolds. Fill the roster with guys like Wheeler, Rosario, Paulsen, Pacheco, Freidreich, Weathers, and the players they get from trading Street, Betancourt, Smith, Ianetta, etc. Aim to finish .500 this year, stay in the race until the last month next year, and go for it in 2013. I just don’t get how people can defend keeping Giambi, EY, Stewart, and Ianetta. Some folks feel like Ianetta is actually a great catcher and in the Top 10 in the league. I think I could find at least 20 other catchers either in the majors now or in the minors who are better. Heck, when you read about the rumors regading trading Ubaldo the top player mentioned getting back is a catcher. I would also keep Ellis as I think he is a bulldog/Jamey Carroll type. I think Hammel is a decent #5 starter. And, I think Lindstrom is good as a 7th inning guy.


another thought during the game:

No drive. You don’t see it from Tracy and the players are following suit. Nobody cares if they win or lose. We need a manager who actually SHOWS that they want to win.

ColRox your Sox

and what would a bunch of ITR quotes be without one from Prog 🙂

The culture of losing has returned for the Rockies. If the GM, the manager and many of these players are not shuffled dramatically during the offseason it will show just how complacent the Monforts are with losing…3 game losing streaks are becoming far too routine for this team. Seems like every week we have one.  I won’t be surprised if we lose 90 games. Its sad that I actually still care what happens.


With the only player from the 2011 team on the field tonight being Dexter Fowler, the constants in the stadium would be the coaching staff (with the exception of Dac). At least we have our best pitcher on the mound…Mr. 2010 Jeff Francis!


Fowler [CF]
Scutaro [2B]
Cuddyer [1B]
Brown [LF]
Colvin [RF]
Pacheco [3B]
Rosario [C]
Rutledge [SS]
Francis [P]


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9 years ago

Off topic: I saw that with the trade for Wandy Rodriguez the Pirates may want to trade a pitcher like Karstens. I also saw that the Pirates might want another outfielder or first baseman, and they might want to upgrade offensively from Clint Barmes. Would Karstens be an upgrade for us? (Almost anybody would be.) Would the Pirates want Scutaro? Would they want Cuddyer and give us real prospects in return? The Pirates haven’t had a winning team in a… Read more »

9 years ago

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9 years ago

Francis, 97 pitches? What, you gotta be kidding me. Is this the end of the famous pitch limit? Could it be that the Rockies finally realized that a competent/average-ish major league pitcher the 3rd time through the order is still preferable to a sub-replacement level pitcher the first time through the order? Sound the death knell for the Best GM in Baseball’s firm commitment to the 4 man rotation/75 pitch limit …

9 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

The day off certainly figured into it,but the Post and Tracy R.last night said that Roeninke is the usual piggyback for Francis but would not be available today.Since Jeff is now our default “Ace” why not go with your best as long as possible.If he is not here next year,than the whole clubhouse culture/professionalism manta is truly horseshit!

9 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Yep, I thought it was very strange that the Rockies needed a veteran right handed innings eater, so they decided to spend their precious pitching capital (Hammel and Lindstrom) to get Guthrie ($8M). All they really needed to do was pay Millwood $3-4M to give it another go at Coors Field. Still not great but today the Rockies rotation would be respectable as long as DLR had come back and Chacin had pitched as expected: 1. DLR 2. Chacin 3.… Read more »

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