2012 Coors Farewell Ends on a Sweep

There is a saying, “it isn’t how you start but how you finish” that might be great for someone who didn’t fall down and break their leg in the middle of the race.  Sadly, the Rockies didn’t start well, got worse and then finished (at least here at home) on a little bit of a high.

Well, that is if you take your high with a sprinkling of 2nd to last place Cubs that is.

This afternoon’s game featured excellent starting pitching, excellent fielding, excellent hitting and nary a spot of rain to be found.

But, don’t be fooled by the happy high-fives afterwards, the Rockies still finished their season at home with the worst record in Coors history: 35-46.  They did, however, really put a damper on those hoping for a 100 loss season to hold over ownership’s head in the chant for change.

Jhoulys Chacin pitched well, going five innings and only giving up three earned on seven hits.  He picked up his third win of the season.  Who would have guessed coming out of spring training that Rex Brothers would have more wins than any of the starters and he only had 8.  Chacin does have a chance to pick up his fourth win come Arizona, but none of the starters will make it to eight, let alone 10 wins for the season.

Sad.

What isn’t sad is the excellent hitting the Rockies put on for the home crowd against the Cubs.  Over the three games the team put up 21 runs, with Wednesdays six spot coming in a rain shortened game.

Some of the hitting hero’s included DJ LeMahieu, who was robbed of the cycle by the rain-out, having hit a triple, double and single before the game was called.  His first at bat saw him “complete” the cycle with a two run shot in the bottom of the second.

Rosario and Nelson continued to get their hits in, both coming up with two apiece in today’s win.

The real hero happened to be Jordan Pacheco, who went 2-4 with three RBI’s, crushed a three-run home run to left in the first inning and made some nice plays at first, one where a wild throw pulled him off the bag so he got the tag in the air and the other to end the game, getting a nice pick at first to seal the Coors season.  He was very humble about the game ending play afterwards.

Rutledge did an amazing job. He gets to a lot of balls, especially up the middle, so I knew he had a chance at that ball. He threw it over there, and I kind of just closed my eyes and was hoping I got it.

Jordan Pacheco

If the season was only measured on the success of hitting at Coors, the team would be on the way to the post season playoff’s.  The team hit a combined .306 at Coors, becoming the first team to break .300 in a season since the Angels (.305) and Yankees (.300) did it in 2007.

Not bad for a bunch of rookies.

But it isn’t all just hitting.  Hitting is nothing if you don’t have pitching, and the Rockies were the epitome of a team that lacked pitching.  Those that should have succeeded, like “Ace” Jeremy Guthrie and future “Ace” Drew Pomeranz, failed spectacularly.  And those that were expected to fail, Moyer and Francis, had a measure of success that was unexpected.

While there are still a handful of games on the road to “look forward to”, one thing is for sure.  Betancourt is still MONEY and Matt Belisle needs to take a long long long nap.

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Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Nice write-up, Jaredean. I think I went to fewer games this year than ever before. Mostly because of work and family matters, but also because after May I just couldn’t build up much enthusiasm for making the short (for me) trek to Coors. I guess attendance overall held up, but I’m not sure how or why. Obviously I remained interested, but really, this was the first year since I’ve lived in Colorado — about a dozen years now — that… Read more »

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

My level dropped as well. While I did see games in Pittsburgh, Denver, and Houston, I abandoned plans to see them in Philly, DC, Detroit, and Cincy…all within driving distance for me and not unlike going to Coors from the western slope from which I left a few years ago. I also went from watching live games fully on the laptop to just skimming through and watching the key positive Rox at bats. I know what will happen though. Come… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Yep, Bob, I’ll spend all winter griping about what player moves the Rockies make or don’t make. Cisco will say I’m a real downer and could I just shut up. Then spring will come and hope will return. I’ll say there’s no reason this club can’t compete, and suddenly everyone will say I’m nuts. Then the real season will begin, and it’ll be fun … for a while at least.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

No Ag, we actually became kindred spirits as the season wore on. I usually attend about 20-25 games a year, but this season I stopped going after May (about 5 total). I actually had about $200 worth of tickets for the June 30th fireworks game and ended up given them away to my teen son and his friends. I made a decision that I would no longer support the Monforts financially. I’m still a huge fan. I watched and listened… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

You are a downer. LOL. 😉 I’m curious is your opinion of Pacheco improving at all?

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

I will withhold griping for now but how about this. 1st – Pacheco, leave him there PLEASE. 2nd – LeMahieu SS – Rutledge … yes Rutledge 3rd – Tulo … move while the moving is good. Do the Rockies want to risk another season of him being injured? How serious is his injury? I don’t think any of us really know anything other than what “they” want us to know. I’m not convinced his injury isn’t more serious than being… Read more »

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago

I got a nice email this morning thanking me for my support this season. That makes it all worth while. I honestly can’t remember how many games I attended this year – 4 I think. The only win was Moyer’s record breaker. The worst was getting drubbed by the Angels. But if you lower your expectations, going to the ballpark can still be fun. I just wish the games meant something. Oh well, there is still work to be done.… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Yours is better.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

Hey, Jaredean, I recognize that guy in your Exhibit B, located just below the 2012. Tell him he needs to learn to throw a baseball more than 15 feet!

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Interesting, Cisco. I’d say I used to go to about 20 games a year till 2007. After 2007, I split a season ticket package 50/50, and I probably attended 35 games a year for the next couple seasons. Then it dropped back to about 20 in 2010-11, but that was mostly because of work/family/travel, etc. This year? 4 games. 4. Opening day, a fireworks game, 2 others. I kept saying I like going to late season games (and I know… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

History (2003-2007) told us the fans won’t go to the games if we keep losing year after year. Granted that was when we had a line up of no-name players like a Kit Pellow, Royce Clayton, etc. Tulo and CarGo are proably the reasons Coors keep drawing big crowds longer than expected.

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
8 years ago

As much as I’d like to see us with a new front office, you have to credit DOD for trading crap for gold. Ian Stewart and Casey Weathers for Tyler Colvin and DJ LeMahieu was a steal. That trade and the burgeoning potential of Pacheco and Rosario are the only bright spots to a season gone south. Most teams (Houston is perhaps the exception) are only a piece or two away from .500 ball and then contending in the new… Read more »

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