Colorado Rockies: The Five Worst Players of the 2016 Season
Yesterday I wrote about the five best players for the Colorado Rockies for the 2016 season. Conversely, today’s edition is the five worst players. Despite winning the most games since 2010, the team had several players who qualified in this category. Rox Pile takes a look at the five worst Rockies from 2016.
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You don’t have to be Einstein to know what plagued the Rockies in 2016. Once more it was the pitching.
The starting pitching was OK. It posted a 4.81 ERA (fourth-worst in the National League) but was nearly half a run improvement over 2015 (5.27 ERA).
However, the real culprit was the bullpen. It combined for a 5.05 ERA, which was the worst mark by the pen since 2004 (5.53 ERA). Free agent signings Jake McGee, Chad Qualls and Jason Motte all bombed – they combined for a 5.02 ERA, and allowed 20 home runs combined in 100 1/3 innings, per Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post.
Additionally, the fielding by the pitchers was poor – they combined for 21 fielding errors, which was tied for the second-worst mark in the NL with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Offensively, whilst the majority of them had excellent seasons, players such as Nick Hundley, Ryan Raburn, Cristhian Adames and Gerardo Parra had sub-par performances.
Getting this list down to just five players is no easy task.
Who doesn’t make this list (aka dishonorable mentions) include Hundley (his last six weeks saved him), Adames, Qualls (saved by injury), Justin Miller, Eddie Butler (switched roles) and rookies Matt Carasiti and Carlos Estevez.
Players will be ranked by how poor their season was, how their season was compared to their history and how their season impacted the franchise. Human nature will appear in some cases because, well, we all have players that we find worse and provide less impact than others.
Please feel free to compile your list before starting through our rundown of the five worst players of 2016. Which players do you think will be on the list?
Enjoy our rankings of the top-five worst players for the Colorado Rockies in 2016!
Next: No. 5: Ryan Raburn