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.