Chicago... yeah... the Rockies lost both of their games in Chicago. I remember that. I remember thinking THAT road trip through Chicago, Houston and Kansas City was going to be rock bottom of the season.
Honestly, I kinda wish the Rockies could go back to being as average and underwhelming as they were then, because the team we're seeing now is actually several notches below the they were at that point.
Seriously. Not even joking. This team is awful at baseball.
The Aaron Cook/Miguel Olivo combo didn't work out again tonight.
Alright, I give, it doesn't matter who is putting the fingers down for Cookie at this point -- he's missing the target, elevating the sinker, hanging the curve, walking the pitcher, doing just about anything wrong a pitcher can do wrong.
That begs the question... what has better sink right now: Cook's sinker or Cook's trade value?
The pitching wasn't the only problem tonight.
No, no, no, no, no, no... offense.
Well, early offense -- three hits in the first inning, one that struck Pittsburgh's SP Ross Ohlendorf in the head, ending his evening early. Thankfully he's okay, but the moment he exited, so did the Rockies offense.
Sean "f'ing" Gallagher throws three hitless innings. He walks three, but strikes out four. Rockies can't score.
Wil Ledezma, out of baseball since 1995 it seems, throws a perfect inning and a third. Javier Lopez allows a solo HR to Carlos Gonzalez, but DJ Carrasco, Joel Hanrahan, and Octavio Dotel all throw a scoreless inning to finish the Rockies out.
Nary a whimper (or base runner) over the last nine outs.
Let me run this by you...
The two-time defending National League Champions fired their hitting coach last week. Why? Because their offense had completely stagnated for almost two months.
They didn't make any damn excuse for Chase Utley being hurt, or Jimmy Rollins being hurt, or Carlos Ruiz being hurt. They demanded results from their offense. When they didn't get those results, they made the move.
What happened after they fired Milt Thompson? They won eight in a row. That winning streak is still on-going.
Meanwhile, the Rockies offense has been stagnant since Day 1 of the season. Do they have the guts to make a move? Of course not.
Blame injuries? Sure, why not? The national media can't mention the Rockies without mentioning the injuries, so that excuse seems like a pretty convienient one to lean on. Don Baylor, underachieving and apathetic offense... off the hook. Free passes for all of you.
I could probably rant all night about what we're witnessing with this team. I figure I might as well save a little bit of it for later. This thing isn't turning around tomorrow, or Friday. The frustration is only going to keep building. Might as well let it out slowly.