Rockies 2009: 2007 was soooo long ago

Another major disappointment last year, the Colorado Rockies backed up their 2007 World Series appearance with a 74-88 record in 2008.

 

What I saw was overachieving down the stretch in 2007 and lots of bandwagoning going on in 2008. Then Rockies’ managements delivers the critical blow to 2009’s season.

 

 


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Matt Holiday, the centerpiece of the Rockies offense (747 runs last year) was shipped off as the Rox knew they needed to get something rather than risk losing him to free agency after 2009. What they got in return was some young (mostly) unrealized talent.

 

Trivia

 

The Rockies projected opening day starter, Aaron Cook is currently third all-time in wins for the Rockies with 52 and needs just 7 to become the franchise leader (so long as he wins more than Jeff Francis, 51, does). Can you name which two former Rockies have more wins for the franchise.

 

The Good

 

The Rockies aren’t the Padres or the Mariners. By that I mean they are willing to make moves to get better now, while still preparing for the future. Adding Huston Street and Alan Embree to the bullpen should help overcome the loss of closer Brian Fuentes. The Rox did up their rotation some as well, with innings eater Jason Marquis and youngster Greg Smith. As an overall, the pitching should be slightly improved.

 

The Bad

 

Dealing away Holliday may not cripple the offense, but it’s not like Todd Helton is Benjamin Button. He’s still getting older, while Garret Atkins, Ryan Spilborghs and Clint Barmes are still virtual gambles as impact players. I don’t see any scenario where Carlos Gonzalez and Matt Murton (the two offensive pieces of the Holliday deal) make up the offense they lost.

 

Trivia Answer

 


Jason Jennings pitched for the Rockies from 2001-2006 and accumulated 58 wins; while Pedro Astacio spent 1997-2001jennings.jpg in Colorado racking up 53.
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Bottom Line

 

Somebody else will be dealt before the deadline this season. It won’t be Troy Tulowitzki, but don’t be shocked if Atkins is sent packing even after getting an extension, especially if the Rox struggle out of the gates.

 

Prediction

 

The Rockies have NOT improved their team to the point they win more games and get back into contention. Rather they brought in pieces that will keep the team in a virtual stalemate for at least one more season while they hope the economy recovers to afford them an opportunity at bringing in other names for 2010.

 

4th Place NL WEST, 71-91.

 

Photo credits:

Holliday: www.scoresreport.com/tag/colorado-rockies/

Astacio: www.jamd.com/image/g/275577

Jennings: blog.kir.com/archives/2007_07.asp

 

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4 comments

  1. rockymountainway

    Of course a big name goes and casual fan gives up but the Rockies got some trade value for Holliday and one Carlos Gonzalez could end up being a big name for a long time. Taking nothing from Holliday, but he did not make or break the team. They are not that far away from contention and if they can stay relatively injury free and pitching holds up they may make a run at it. I give them more than 79 wins and slightly above .500 but the division will be beating itself up so they should not need 94 wins to get in the playoffs.
    Tom
    http://rockymountainway.mlblogs.com

  2. badseed57

    Tom, casual fan, really. anyway. I do think the Rox COULD win the division, but the Dbacks and Dodgers are better right now, and the Giants pitching is going to surprise a lot of people this year.

    Jeff, totally agree that anybody but the Pads could get the job done. that said, somoebody has to finish fourth.

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