The Colorado Rockies officially have the worst record in Major League Baseball.
They are worse than the Arizona Diamondbacks, Houston Astros, and Chicago Cubs. They are worse than the Philadelphia Phillies and they are worse than the equally-depleted-by-injury Texas Rangers. As things stand today, they are the worst.
With a 4-1 loss to the San Diego Padres on the same night that the Rangers won on a walk-off walk, the Rockies are now at the very bottom with their 46-73 record. For whatever it is worth, that puts them 22 games out of first place in the National League West.
Injuries do not explain why the Rockies are bad. It is a foolish exercise to argue that a team that is 27 games below .500 would actually be a good or even an above-average team if they were healthy. You don’t reach this point with the foundation of a good baseball team…not even close.
That said, injuries might explain why the Rockies have the worst record in baseball. If the Rockies were healthy, they would be able to win more games against their fellow bottom feeders. They would be able to win a home series against the Cubs or a game or two on the road against the Padres.
It is these series that magnify the impact of all the injuries. When Yohan Flande is on the mound as your starter, even acknowledging that he pitched well, that is your first sign of trouble.
Then you are trotting a lineup out there that is missing Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez, and Michael Cuddyer. Even with some guys who have pop (hey, Corey Dickerson) filling the middle of the order, it is not wholly surprising that the Rockies were nearly shut out on Tuesday.
The 2014 Rockies were bad no matter what. They might have been average if they were healthy, but this team was never going to be good. In terms of trying to figure out how badly they have been hurt by injuries, that impact is being felt in a big way now that the following statement is true:
The Colorado Rockies have the worst record in Major League Baseball.
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