Colorado Rockies Old Friend(s): That Awful 64-98 Team From 2012
Aug 27, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Los Angeles Angels third baseman C. Nelson (8) against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Los Angeles Angels defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
The 2012 Colorado Rockies were pretty damn bad, but that doesn’t mean some of them haven’t gone on to find big league success elsewhere in 2015.
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The 2012 Colorado Rockies were the worst team in club history, so I apologize in advance for the awful, depressing memories of a season lost very, very early.
The club went 64-98, of course managed by Jim Tracy, and yes — this was the six-man rotation club, for those who remember that horrific decision and even-more-horrific results.
The team had a cool 5.22 ERA, which of course was dead last in the National League, and despite hitting .274 (1st!) with a .330 OBP (2nd!) and a .436 SLG (1st!), the horrible pitching staff was clearly too much to overcome.
Some current Rockies played; Jorge De La Rosa made three starts after returning from Tommy John surgery late in the year. Rex Brothers went 8-2 with 83 strikeouts and just (!) 37 walks in 67.2 innings. And Rafael Betancourt racked up a 2.81 ERA, 3.10 FIP, 1.127 WHIP, and 31 saves that year (to be fair, the top six relievers that year were pretty decent).
On offense, Carlos Gonzalez played a full season (135 games) and slashed .303/.371/.510, while the only other current Rockie who saw primary at-bats in 2012 was Wilin Rosario. He slashed .270/.312/.530 with 28 home runs and another 19 doubles across 117 games behind the plate.
You can go here for more statistics from the 2012 Colorado Rockies, but this post isn’t really about that team, or the current Rockies who played on that team — it’s about looking at the other 2012 Rockies who are now elsewhere in the big leagues.
Let’s go there now…
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