Inept Organizational Management Shows In Loss

The Rockies forgot to bring their bats to the ball park tonight. Either that or it was burned up in the wildfires on the way to Arizona. The result was just three hits and only one was hit hard. Most of the batted balls were rollovers on softball lobs by Jamie Moyer, oops, Tyler Skaggs. That resulted in a 5-0 whitewash by Arizona over Colorado.

The lack of offensive production magnified the Rockies’ inept management of the ball club. Tyler “Ice Coldin” continues to start on a regular basis despite not having a hit in the last two months or so it seemed. He is just as bad with his glove running underneath a Paul Goldschmidt liner that gave Arizona a gift run. That was not the first time; he overran a routine fly ball that dropped in front of him for a triple last week. Another piece of inept play by “Ice Coldin” occurred in the seventh inning with runners on first and second and two outs on a full count when Aaron Hill blooped a short fly not more than fifty feet behind second base. Both runners scored, even the runner all the way from first base AND Hill ended up standing on second base without a play.

Jaredean pointed out how much Jon Herrera has outplayed Josh Rutledge over the last 18 games. Yet Walt Weiss keeps starting Rutedge at shortstop everyday over Herrera. In yet another example of inept management by the organization, they are standing by idly letting the first base position continue to be the weak link. The position is ranked dead last in the majors by light years. A simple solution was to let Cuddyer play first base full time and put anybody in right field. An outfielder can more easily be obtained in-house or via a trade/pick up than a first baseman. Corey Dickerson has been given only a few spot starts when he clearly is a better choice than Colvin. Carrying only four outfielders has been a major pain in the rear, forcing us to start Colvin and EYJ most of the year.

At the end of the night, the record fell to 42-45, 3.5 games behind the Dbacks and the Dodgers have moved past the Rockies into second place. The Rockies have joined the Giants and Padres heading the wrong way going down to the basement of the division race. The Rockies need to get their health back (Tulo, Dexter, and CarGo) and make some roster moves to fortify the 25 man roster soon before they dig a hole too deep to climb out of.

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Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Nice write-up RMH. Here’s another Inept Organization Headscratcher Update: first-round pick is starting his pro career at Rookie League Grand Junction. This is just plain weird. Gray is 21 and just finished his junior year at Oklahoma. Similar top prospects and where they started: Matt Harvey (age 22), Low A Strasburg (21), AA Zack Wheeler (21), Low A Kevin Gausman (21), Low A Gerrit Cole (21), High A Trevor Bauer (20), High A Now maybe they just want to get… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I’m curious if having him throw a few innings early in his career at altitude would be helpful, just to see how his natural movement works. I’m not making excuses, just wondering.

If the Rockies get swept here in AZ it could be over. Probably any thought of making a trade to improve the club would be thrown out the window.

Julian
Julian
7 years ago

Let’s say that we go 2-8 or 3-7 in this roadtrip and the season appears to be effectively over. Who can we trade at the trading deadline to get better in the future?

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

In the Rockies make or break thread I made a few comments about the ineptitude of Rockies management but the fact that they went into last night’s game with three outfielders and no backups is another example. I understand, although I don’t agree with it, their thought process to carrying 13 pitchers at home, but they are now on the road. When Dickerson went down for a few minutes last night I was wondering if Chatwood can play left field.… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Julian, the obvious trade bait is Betancourt and De La Rosa. Both have contracts that expire (although I think the club has an option on De La Rosa), and both have decent value. I’d also say Big Money Mike Cuddyer is a great “sell high” trade chip, since if we’re sellers at the deadline we’re probably hoping to restock young players and take at least one pure rebuilding year, therefore little reason to keep a highly paid player in his… Read more »

Swede
Swede
7 years ago

At the end of the day, doesn’t all of this really come down to incompetent management and ownership? If ownership and management are not incompetent, then perhaps they do not have the true deep desire to win a division or World Series championship. How else do you explain over 20 years of overall mediocre baseball? There are excuses and there are results. In any normal results based business environment, everyone would have been fired long ago.

Swede
Swede
7 years ago
Reply to  Swede

One more thought … Is there any reason to not model the Rockies organization after long term successful organizations like St. Louis? The names may change on the field or off the field but that organization year in and year out is competitive.

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

RMH, I think that was the word on Skaggs — really good prospect who projects as a 3rd starter type. That was the rookie Jeff Francis. Nothing wrong with that … I’ll take it over “front-end starter if he can put it together someday” Pomeranz any day.

JulieG
JulieG
7 years ago

I see we have continuing talk of trading off our decent ball players for new young talent. A point to consider, who is picking the new young talent, who is developing the new young talent. The only way this team gets better, in my opinion is a change in ownership. Oh and by the way they can get rid of Drew while doing so. Ugh!

Swede
Swede
7 years ago
Reply to  JulieG

I’ll double down on Drew. :-). Management and ownership first however. Doesn’t matter who’s announcing if the team is mediocre year after year. Time to clean house.

Swede
Swede
7 years ago
Reply to  Swede

For clarification … Double down on Drew’s ouster. I’m in total agreement.

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

My son and his family have been visiting this week. Last night watching the game they kept asking , “who are these clowns”? I said, “yeah they are pretty bad tonight”. And my son said well I watched the other night and they weren’t any better. He’s probably right but last night they went inning after inning talking about why Cuddeyer should make the All-Star team instead of Puig, but seldom told us much about the game. I know the… Read more »

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