Since We Last Talked - Big Changes in RockiesWorld
December 31, 2009. The last time the Baseball Observer set fingers to keyboard, the Rockies had clinched the 2009 NL Wildcard and had a chance to win the West Division championship for the first time by sweeping a three game set from the Dodgers in LA. Well, they didn't make it, and as the Wildcard, they did not show up in the first round series against the Phillies, splitting the first two games on the road, then losing two in a row at MillerCoors field to be eliminated.
Since the season ended, they lost their radio voice from the beginning in 1993, Jeff Kingery, supposedly because he wanted to retire. As fans may recall, Kingery had some kind of blowup late in the season and lost favor with the club, which may have caused his retirement to be less than voluntary. The guy had an irritating voice and talked fast and furiously, but he knew baseball and created an accurate image of game play with his descriptions. The Baseball Observer usually turned of the sound of the TV broadcasters and listened to Kingery instead, which made the game much more enjoyable.
As far as players go, Garret Atkins, Yorvit Torrealba, Josh Fogg, Jose Contreras, Matt Herges, Joe Beimel, and Jason Marquis are gone. Miguel Olivo has apparently been signed to replace Torrealba. With the return of Jeff Francis and the coming of age of several young starters, coupled with the returning hitting nucleus, the Rockies management is confident that they will contend for the World Series in 2010. Unfortunately, they made the playoffs last year and they have never done that two years in row, so the odds are against 2010 being a good year for the Colorado entrant in the Major Leagues of Baseball.
Rockies Push Wild Card Lead to 3, Beating Lincecum and Giants
August 23, 2009. The Rockies did not get a hit until one batter was out in the sixth inning. In the end, they only got 4 hits, one each by Todd Helton, Ian Stewart, Seth Smith, and Troy Tulowitzki. Smith's was the big blow, a 2-run homerun in the seventh. The Giants had 6 hits off of the Colorado tandem of Ubaldo Jimenez and Huston Street.
The victory moved the Rockies to 3 games in the lead for the Wild Card, the most they have lead this year. Their final home game against San Francisco is tomorrow. It may be a bit early to count their eggs, however, because Colorado still has six more games with the Giants, all at their place by the bay. With Atlanta only 4 games back, and the Marlins down 5, not to mention the Cubs only 7 in arrears, it is certainly too close to call. Of the Rockies' last 38 games, 25 are at home, which sounds good. Not only that, 19 of those games are against weak teams like the Diamondbacks, Padres, Mets, and Reds. The other 19, however, are against frontrunners like the Giants, Dodgers, Brewers, and Cardinals.
The Rockies have a great chance to make it to the playoffs, though not many people are giving them any chance beyond that. It will probably not be easy, though, so hold on for a bumpy ride.
Can You Say "Washed up, ex-Steriod Using, ex-Yankee"?
August 23, 2009. The Rockies have actually signed Jason Giambi, ostensibly for left-handed depth for the stretch run. The Baseball Observer would like to thank the Rockies management for once again showing everyone who cares that drug use will not be tolerated, and that in spite of their supposed high moral standards, the Monforts will always happily throw them under the bus for some idiotic, misguided attempt to appear to be trying to win. Signing Giambi will not help the Rockies, but the Meat Boys actually think the public is gullible enough to believe that they are trying to enhance their chances by bringing him in. Sorry, guys, no one is that stupid. Except you.