All right Colorado Rockies, the hole is a big one. Go grab a shovel and start digging yourselves out of it.
It is hard to believe that after two weeks of play, the Colorado Rockies are already sitting at the bottom of the National League West when there was so much promise heading into the season. After 12 games, they are already six games under .500 and 4.5 games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres since losing nine of the last 10 games.
There are plenty of excuses for Colorado’s horrid start. From injuries to almost a third of the Opening Day roster, horrible starting pitching, and the lack of offense, the list can go on and on. Those excuses have to stop right now and it starts with the stars of this team playing up to their capabilities.
Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon, and Trevor Story have to break out of their early season funks and carry this team for the next few weeks as they wait for David Dahl, Ryan McMahon, Daniel Murphy, and others to come back from the Injured List.
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The three All-Stars are a combined 34-for-134 (.254) with four home runs (all from Story), 19 RBI and 17 runs scored. This production can’t happen from two of the highest-paid players in Colorado sports history and Story who could likely join them in that category in the next few years.
After a more than welcomed day off from Mother Nature, tonight the Rockies head out west to face off against another struggling team, the San Francisco Giants. Historically, the Rockies have not fared well in Oracle Park (formerly known as AT&T Park) but, again, enough with the excuses.
The Rockies also need former “ace of the staff” and tonight’s starter Jon Gray to step up his game. The inconsistent starts must end and he has to prove the narrative about him wrong.
If the Rockies are going to get turned around they must have their best players do something they haven’t done yet this season: Lead the way. So pick up a shovel Nolan, Charlie, and Trevor and get to work.