Colorado Rockies: What is going on in Denver?

The Rockies just wrapped up a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds at Coors Field. Colorado lost all three games by a combined score of 29-11.

The final game itself was seen as the Rockies’ best chance to snatch a win and avoid a sweep. The home team notched a four-run lead in the first inning. Cincinnati then came back on Colorado, and the score was 7-6 at the top of the ninth inning.

This is where the Rockies completely fell apart. With two outs in a one-run game, Spencer Steer hit a two-run homer to left field to put the Reds up at 8-7. The Rockies then subbed out pitcher Jalen Beeks for rookie pitcher Angel Chivilli. Johnathan India stepped up for the Reds, then proceeded to hit a grand slam, pushing the score to 12-7 and crushing the hopes of any remaining Rockies fans in the process.

This game perfectly encapsulates everything that is wrong with the Rockies this season. Five times this year have Colorado given up five or more runs in the ninth inning or later, including an atrocious meltdown in a game against the Oakland Athletics, which saw the Rox blow a four-run lead in the top of the 11th inning and proceeded to lose on a walk-off ball four with the bases loaded. The Rockies bullpen has absolutely no idea how to close a game out, instead preferring to lose in the most of embarrassing fashion.

The Rockies have a solid offensive lineup with good production from a variety of players. In the game last night, Elias Díaz and Charlie Blackmon had three hits apiece, with Díaz and Brendan Rogers driving in three runs each. But the pitching staff seem to have no idea what they’re doing, and the loss of Daniel Bard has only made this worse. While I understand that the air is thinner in Denver, which does make it difficult not to give up runs, the pitchers have been doing this all year in all manners of ballparks, not just Coors Field. As a matter of fact, Colorado has a run differential of -97, which is the second-worst in the league behind the all-time bad Chicago White Sox.

Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be an escape for Rockies fans. Owner Dick Monfort has shown time and time again that he is unlikely to make significant moves that will benefit the team. Team manager Bud Black has also drawn criticism from the Rockies faithful for his questionable decision-making during games.

Ultimately, there doesn’t seem to be a solution for the Rockies under this regime, and the regime itself is unlikely to change. Because of this, young, promising players will move out of the sinking ship in hopes of joining an organisation capable of winning more than 60 games, leaving the Rockies destined to be a losing team and only snatch a few series wins against teams that will go further than they ever will.

But at least they’re not the White Sox.

Featured image of Elehuris Montero by Dustin Bradford/Icon Sports

Article by Guest Contributor Joe Sell. You can follow Joe on Twitter X @NyanBlaney

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