Colorado Rockies Old Friend(s): That Awful 64-98 Team From 2012
Aug 8, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals pitcher J. Guthrie (11) delivers a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
The 2012 Team
What lessons can we learn from the 2012 team? Well, for one, don’t do the six-man rotation any more. It didn’t really work for the starters, even with the extra day of rest, and it obviously never developed the two highly-touted prospects (Pomeranz is now a reliever with the Athletics, starting rotation be damned, and White’s career has completely derailed).
Also, mid-level free agents like Jeremy Guthrie are actually a big risk, because if they can’t hack it at Coors Field — even if they aren’t making tons of money in the process — they stand out like a sore thumb taking the ball every fifth (or sixth!) day.
Gee, you think the Rockies would have learned from that mistake, but Kyle Kendrick kept getting the ball in 2015 until he literally couldn’t pick it up any more…