It's becoming increasingly difficult to sit through Colorado Rockies baseball games, let alone write about them. Especially on Sundays, when the team finds new ways to embarrass themselves and discourage the fanbase.
It's ridiculous. And you can't really blame Jim Tracy's lineup on this mess we witnessed today. Ubaldo Jimenez was on the mound, and the only regular not playing was Mark Ellis.
This team just flat out disappoints time and time again. There's no sense of urgency whatsoever. There's no pride to improve fundamentally. Instead, we watch players - like Seth Smith - continue to regress in every phase of the game. Smith's defensive effort in recent weeks has been shameful. And his offensive performance has sunk right along with it.
With Carlos Gonalez and Charlie Blackmon hurt, there's no place else to turn here. But he's proven again he won't be an every day player. He deserved the opportunity. He didn't get consistent enough playing time for a while in that role, but honestly, I don't think it mattered. He's not cut out for it. He's a solid hitter that's best used late in ballgames.
But it's not just Smith. He's simply the latest and most obvious example. This team is full of similar disappointments. Some greater than others.
Diamondbacks 7, Rockies 0 (boxscore)
With scouts from practically every team in attendance, Ubaldo was very unimpressive, which should eliminate that 2% chance he'll be traded.
His line: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 HBP, 8 K
So I that qualifies as one of ...
1. Ubaldo's performance likely takes him completely off the trade block.
2. This fancy play by Jonathan Herrera and Troy Tulowitzki: Watch it
What else can I really say? Another dismal, ugly, apathetic and lackluster Sunday performance. I seriously don't even know what to write without becoming repetitive and increasingly negative. I'm at the point where I want to see someone in that clubhouse get pissed off. I know that's a meatball thing to say. I usually don't believe that stuff really helps, but there's not much else I can suggest to light a fire under this completely lifeless and unmotivated underachieving baseball team.