There is plenty of blame to go around. The traditional lack of runs on the road, the bullpen (which is last in the majors in ERA, amongst other things), and inconsistent starting pitching. The list could go on for a while but there is one overlooked reason: Two players on the Rockies’ five-man bench (who are frequently in the starting lineup) have been absolutely horrendous.
Garrett Hampson and Sam Hilliard are not producing for the Colorado Rockies
Garrett Hampson and Sam Hilliard are slashing .150/.261/.250 and .167/.265/.298, respectively. In a combined 124 at-bats, they have hit three home runs, 15 RBI, and 17 runs scored while striking out 38 times and only stealing three bases.
For Hilliard, many thought he was on the verge of breaking out after a slow start. After hitting homers in back-to-back games against the Kansas City Royals, the newly clean-shaven outfielder has actually played worse with only three hits in his last 23 at-bats. He is also responsible for a handful of misplayed balls defensively.
Then there is Hampson, who seems to not be able to do the little things right.
Case in point, in the second game of the doubleheader on Saturday, Hampson came to the plate with runners on first and second with nobody out in the fourth inning. Expected to bunt the runners over, Hampson swung away and fouled off the first pitch, bunted foul on the second, and struck out on the third. The Rockies would come away empty in the frame.
He did redeem himself two innings later as he did get the bunt down when the same scenario showed up but once again the Rox failed to get a run across.
At some point, the question has to be asked: When have the Rockies finally seen enough and give a prospect in Triple-A Albuquerque or even Double-A Hartford a shot at proving themselves at the big league level?
Garrett Hampson and Sam Hilliard might have the tools to be in the MLB but it is not translating to success and the time is running out for them to show it.