I’ve always wondered about the Rockies “injuries” at the end of a season. I find it highly suspicious that our best players over the past two years have all come down with the inability to play the final chunk of the season. While last season was worse, it is still pretty bad to watch these last few games with a shadow of our normal lineup and starters/pen. The hodgepodge of pitchers needed to even field the mound is embarrassing, especially getting rocked by the Red Sox and Dodgers.
Case in point: Chatwood scratched from Sunday’s start because of a “sore elbow”. This is the FINAL GAME in Helton’s amazing career and Chatwood is arguably our best option to get something close to a win, but he is being kept from playing. Jeff Francis will step in instead. It could be a cautious move, but Chatwood looked great in his last start, didn’t come out early and will have all winter to rest.
So, how much of it is real injuries, how much of it is the team being “cautious” and how much of it is the team playing for the draft?
As it stands now, the Rockies are guaranteed a protected first round pick. The teams with the ten worst records have protected first round picks in the following year’s draft. As of Saturday, here is what it looks like for the bottom 10 teams in the MLB:
So, what do you think? Do you feel the team “gives up” because they can at least take advantage of a higher draft pick should they just play .500 ball?