Colorado Rockies: What’s really causing them to lose

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SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 3: Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black, center, argues a call with umpire Bruce Dreckman as Gerardo Parra #8 and A.J. Ellis #17 look on during the sixth inning of a baseball game at PETCO Park on April 3, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 3: Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black, center, argues a call with umpire Bruce Dreckman as Gerardo Parra #8 and A.J. Ellis #17 look on during the sixth inning of a baseball game at PETCO Park on April 3, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /
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PHOENIX, AZ – MARCH 30: Starting pitcher Tyler Anderson #44 of the Colorado Rockies is removed by manager Bud Black #10 during the third inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on March 30, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ – MARCH 30: Starting pitcher Tyler Anderson #44 of the Colorado Rockies is removed by manager Bud Black #10 during the third inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on March 30, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

We all like winning. We like it even more when the Colorado Rockies win. Sadly, they’ve only won five out of the 12 times they’ve played this season (heading into Wednesday’s matinee against San Diego). This isn’t ideal … but there is plenty of time to make up for those losses. There is also time to learn from the mistakes that have been made early in the season. Let’s look at those mistakes.

The starting rotation isn’t doing so hot

This is probably the first one that pops into many people’s heads … and it should. The starting rotation is extremely concerning. The starting rotation’s record is currently 2-5 with ace (I use that word loosely) Jon Gray and Kyle Freeland tying in losses (two).

It all started at the very beginning of the season when Gray gave us all a flashback to the Wild Card game. Gray only lasted four innings and gave up three runs in the season-opening loss. This appeared to roll over to the next game as Tyler Anderson couldn’t make it out of the third inning.  However, his outing on Monday night went fairly well with his eight strikeouts in the 5-2 losing effort. We did see hope in German Marquez as he did give a decent outing, but his last one against the Braves didn’t help the Rockies. As of now, Chad Bettis is the only starter that seems to already be grounded.

The main issue with the pitching is that the starters are giving up runs so early into the games. This leaves the Rockies to rely so heavily upon their bullpen, which they shouldn’t be doing so early in the season. It’s not a good thing that the ace of the team can’t last five or more innings.

There are a lot of expectations for this rotation and they are not meeting them whatsoever. The starting pitcher is the man that sets the mood for the game. If the rotation continues the way it’s going, the Rockies will burn through their bullpen way before the All-Star break.

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