Oh what a difference one year makes.
The Rockies played the Dodgers exactly one year ago today. Looking at the roster is like looking at old photographs. “Remember him?” “He played for us?” “Is that mustard on your hot dog???”
2011 Rockies Lineup vs Dodgers
CF Dexter Fowler
2B Mark Ellis
1B Todd Helton
SS Troy Tulowitzki
RF Seth Smith
LF Ty Wigginton
3B Ian Stewart
C Chris Iannetta
SP Juan Nicasio
By contrast, tonight’s lineup includes exactly ONE player from last year’s lineup. Dexter Fowler.
Everyone else is either injured (Helton, Tulo and Nicasio) or traded (Ellis, Smith, Wiggington, Stewart and Iannetta).
So, what was the result a year ago?
The Rockies produced only five hits and dropped to seven games under .500 (the lowest of the season that far).
And some of the comments?
Instead of blaming individual players like we have on previous posts we must look at the problem as a team. Nearly everyone on this team, both hitting and pitching, (except for Helton) has regressed. Even our best players; Tulo, Cargo, and Jiminez, have regressed. In my eyes a team wide regression should be attributed to the coaching. Tracy may be a nice guy but he does not belong as a manager. Get rid of Tracy, get rid of the problem. We may still have a hot streak in this team, but it will not come under Jim Tracy. Some players, like Ian Stewart, need a chance under a new manager as stated by Doc. As long as Tracy is manager, and this is only my opinion, the team will continue to put up zero effort. I do not want to see this the rest of the season nor do I want to see it continue into next season before management realizes this. He must be let go asap.
ColRox your Sox
And some pretty spot-on prophetic insight:
The Rockies need to go into semi-rebuilding phase. Keep a core of Tulo, Cargo, Helton, Blackmon, Fowler, Chacin, Nicasio, DLR, Brothers, Belisle, and Reynolds. Fill the roster with guys like Wheeler, Rosario, Paulsen, Pacheco, Freidreich, Weathers, and the players they get from trading Street, Betancourt, Smith, Ianetta, etc. Aim to finish .500 this year, stay in the race until the last month next year, and go for it in 2013. I just don’t get how people can defend keeping Giambi, EY, Stewart, and Ianetta. Some folks feel like Ianetta is actually a great catcher and in the Top 10 in the league. I think I could find at least 20 other catchers either in the majors now or in the minors who are better. Heck, when you read about the rumors regading trading Ubaldo the top player mentioned getting back is a catcher. I would also keep Ellis as I think he is a bulldog/Jamey Carroll type. I think Hammel is a decent #5 starter. And, I think Lindstrom is good as a 7th inning guy.
another thought during the game:
No drive. You don’t see it from Tracy and the players are following suit. Nobody cares if they win or lose. We need a manager who actually SHOWS that they want to win.
ColRox your Sox
and what would a bunch of ITR quotes be without one from Prog
The culture of losing has returned for the Rockies. If the GM, the manager and many of these players are not shuffled dramatically during the offseason it will show just how complacent the Monforts are with losing…3 game losing streaks are becoming far too routine for this team. Seems like every week we have one. I won’t be surprised if we lose 90 games. Its sad that I actually still care what happens.
With the only player from the 2011 team on the field tonight being Dexter Fowler, the constants in the stadium would be the coaching staff (with the exception of Dac). At least we have our best pitcher on the mound…Mr. 2010 Jeff Francis!