The only game Sanchez is winning in Colorado so far is the game of highest ERA between him and Guthrie. Guthrie, who was traded to KC for Sanchez, had a line on friday of: 5.1 | 11 hits | 6 ER | 2 HR yielding an ERA 9.58 after the trade. Sanchez’s post-trade ERA, after today’s dismal outing?
To say the team has been not only uninspiring, but down right shameful would be putting it mildly. Pitching has been nothing short of atrocious, at least from the starters perspective, and if they keep up the current pace it just might put the Rockies in the record-books for worst team ERA in the history of the game. Currently the Rockies are tied with the second worst team ERA in history, 6.34. The worst is within spitting distance, at 6.64, and one would bet the ’99 Tigers would be sending over a box of chocolates to thank the Rockies pitching staff for taking the record from them.
On a staff with so few bright-spots, Carlos Torres has shown he is quite possibly the best of the worst. Today’s showing was again impressive as he came in for two and two-thirds, giving up only one hit while striking out five. His ERA is hovering at Jimenez’s 2010 first half numbers, 1.50.
There is speculation that if Sanchez drops from starter to “piggy-back” pitcher, then Torres would get the ball to begin games, thanks to his excellent bullpen work.
Rutledge continued to impress, pretty much the only impressive purple player at the plate, as he went 2-4 with a two-run home run, plating the only Rockies runs of the day. He is hitting .379 in 58 at-bats and an 1.031 OPS.
The Rockies are still battling it out for last place with the Astros in all of baseball.