Wilin Rosario’s season probably didn’t start out the way he would have liked, arguing with starter Jorge De La Rosa during the Rockies opening day loss to Miami. In hindsight, it’s fitting that Rosario’s season started on such a down note because it’s been pretty much all frustration since then.
Rosario avoided the sophomore slump last season, turning in a performance almost exactly as valuable as his impressive rookie campaign in 2012. Unfortunately for the Rockies, whatever potholes he evaded last year have reemerged in what’s been a rocky 2014 campaign.
Call it the junior jinx. Rosario comes into Monday with a slash line of .225/.261/.395, well below his career-averages of .270/.303/.490. Rosario’s WAR (according to fangraphs.com) ranks 32 in baseball out of catchers with at least 100 plate appearances. Last season he ranked 15. In short, what was once a position of strength for the Rockies has turned into a black hole this season.
Some of the reasons for Rosario’s struggles have...