Dan O'Dowd might be effective with some help.I admit it, I am a person who believes in black and white. I am opinionated, and it is hard to convince me that I am wrong.Those opinions also make me passionate. If I believe in something, it takes strong evidence to sway me otherwise.For years I was a Dan O'Dowd defender. I believed that, within the constructs of what he was...
This was the scene at Coors Field on Saturday.Cue the circus music.Since 1993, the Colorado Rockies are no strangers to embarrassing themselves, but they may have hit a new low on Saturday at Coors Field.In the top of the 3rd inning, with the bases loaded, spot starter Christian Friedrich threw a pitch over catcher Michael McKenry's head. The cross up didn't allow McKenry...
Can Troy Tulowitzki stay healthy for the Rockies?There is a phrase that baseball fans hear over and over in April. Small Sample Size.The idea is that fans shouldn't overreact to good or bad statistics from a player or a team because a six month season has a way of evening things out. Often times, the sports radio host who only talks about the Broncos will bust out the stat about...
Injuries test a team's mettle, turning roster depth into a truth-or-dare game. Ineffectiveness messes with a club's psyche. Prior to Wednesday's game against the Chicago White Sox, the Rockies sent a message that reverberated in the clubhouse, suggesting that the bid for a winning season was not just the glass-half-full optimism of owner Dick Monfort.
Manager Walt Weiss...
The Rockies demoted pitcher Wilton Lopez to the Triple-A Sky Sox on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after Colorado's disastrous blowout loss to the Chicago White Sox.
Josh Rutledge, an infielder, was called up in Lopez's place. He is active and available from the bench for Wednesday afternoon's series-deciding game at Coors Field.
"It's time for him to go iron...
Wilton Lopez was brutal on Tuesday.The question has already been asked, who are the 2014 Colorado Rockies?Is this team the one that showed up on Friday for the home opener and played a complete, fundamental game, which included good starting pitching and great hitting? On the other side, is this team the one the looked terrible on Opening Day in Miami last Monday or like they did...
Brett Anderson was done in by a 3rd inning error.A sweep would have been nice.However, the Colorado Rockies head into a three game set with the Chicago White Sox with their pride intact. The Rockies lost to the Diamondbacks on Sunday 5-3 at Coors Field. Despite the loss, the Rockies kicked off the start of baseball at Coors Field with a bang.Newly acquired Brett Anderson pitched...
Colorado Rockies Bullpen – Photo Credit: Eric Kilby
The Colorado Rockies have started their 2014 campaign and I fear we could be in the same boat as last year…and the year before that…and even the year before that. As I sit and watch in horror as Wilton Lopez takes his warm up tosses I realize this nightmare may not end…ever. I’ve lost count as to how many times in 2013...
Jorge De La Rosa looked great until the 5th inning.Thud.If the Colorado Rockies were hoping that Opening Day would be a way to reel their fan base back in with a team fun of guys who hustle, who play with heart and demand to win, they might want a do-over. Monday night's game was sloppy. The Rockies looked like a team that had just met each other, not one that had been working...
Wilton Lopez has a message for 2013: "Good riddance."
It was a year in which he saw his father battle an illness before dying in September. It was a year in which he struggled on the mound, looking nothing like the relief pitcher who posted a 2.17 ERA with a terrible Houston Astros team in 2012.
"When I was sent out to pitch, I wasn't thinking about my dad,"...
Wilton Lopez has agreed to a $2.2 million, one-year contract with the Colorado Rockies.
The right-hander avoided arbitration by agreeing to the non-guaranteed contract Thursday night.
Lopez finished his first year as a member of the Rockies after being acquired from Houston, where he spent his first four big league seasons.
Lopez was 3-4 with a 4.06 ERA in 75 appearances last...
Via AP on Fox
January 16, 2014
Michael Cuddyer plays the game the right way.A home run to deep left-center field at AT&T Park in San Francisco late at night is a home run in any park in baseball.Michael Cuddyer's second home run of the night came in the 9th inning off of Giants closer Sergio Romo. The home run ended a see-saw battle between the Colorado Rockies and the Giants after the home team built...
Chad Bettis only got three innings of work for the Rockies.The Colorado Rockies make decisions that simply don't make sense.Wins and losses don't mean much on September 8th, when the playoffs are well out of reach. However, the games and the way the team plays must remain important, especially for a Colorado Rockies team that has talent, but has holes that are gaping that...
Eric Young made a diving catch to take a go-ahead hit away from Todd Helton in the fifth inning, then raced home with the tiebreaking run in the eighth, and the New York Mets beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 on Tuesday night.
The Rockies have lost 12 of 18 since the All-Star break and have scored five runs in their last three games.
LaTroy Hawkins gave up a pair of two-out singles...
It isn't Jonathan Herrera's fault that the Rockies lost.With the tying run at the plate and one out in the bottom of the 9th inning, the Colorado Rockies sent Jonathan Herrera to the plate.Jonathan Herrera.While Herrera has had a very good year for the Rockies and plays the role that he has been given very well, he is frankly, not the guy anyone wants to see stroll to the...
The ill-timed slump cut so deeply it even divided the players. They weren't sure how to view this spiral. Troy Tulowitzki spoke of unclenching the fist saying they should play like the ugly guy in the fight — with nothing to lose. Grizzled and bearded Todd Helton labeled it a must-win game. Then again he will be 40 next month and doesn't have a lot of games left.
Apparently Wilton Lopez was a better 7th inning option than Chacin.97 pitches.That was all Colorado Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin was allowed to throw on Tuesday night in San Diego. Despite giving up just one run on five hits through six innings, Chacin was done after the 6th. The reason was the same as it has been for the past two seasons. Pitch count.Let's get this straight...
During a game between the Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants over the weekend, a dragonfly found itself right in the path of a pitch out of the hand of Rockies relief pitcher Wilton Lopez. Somehow, the insect used all its wings to swoop up and avoid becoming a smeary stain on the ball and [...]The post Watch a dragonfly elude a Wilton Lopez pitch in super-slow motion (video...
The worst thing that can happen to a team is losing your best player to injury. But what could possibly be *worse* than that mess? Well, take a look at Denver yesterday, where the Rockies fell to the Nationals 5-4 due in part to a pair of balks by Wilton Lopez. Troy Tulowitzki broke a rib in the eighth inning, and will be placed on the DL. Carlos Gonzalez was hit in the ankle by...
Brandon Barnes hit a last at-bat, two-out RBI ground-rule double in the 12th inning to lift the Houston Astros to a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies in interleague play on Monday.
Matt Dominguez singled off former Astro Wilton Lopez (1-2) to start the inning. He was replaced by pinch-runner Ronny Cedeno and he advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt.
The Rockies intentionally walked...
Wilton Lopez scratches his shoulder when he gives up game winning runs
The Rockies have been one of the surprises of the season so far and we still aren’t quite sure how they’re doing it. But whatever it is, today they did not do it. Wilton Lopez entered into the 9th looking to collect the save for the Rockies with them only up one run. They were at Colorado so I guess...
Wilton Lopez continued his disappointing season on Sunday.The stage was set for the perfect ending possible on Sunday for the Colorado Rockies. Eric Young, Jr. was at the plate with the tying run at third base and the winning run at first base. With the Rockies giving away Eric Young, Sr. bobbleheads, and having Young, Sr. throw out the first pitch, it almost seemed like it was meant...
Has Walt Weiss been up to the task so far in 2013?The high school coach with a one-year contract to be the manager of the Colorado Rockies has come out of the gate with a 10-4 record.Walt Weiss came out of nowhere, almost literally, to be the manager of the Rockies in October after Jim Tracy resigned after a 64-98 record that was due, in large part, to his incompetence and excuse...
After a season ravaged by injuries and one of the worst pitching staffs in recent memory, not to mention an experimentation with a four-man rotation, can the Rockies do anything to turn around their fortunes in 2013?
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