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The Colorado Rockies had a 2012 season to forget

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Season Reviews by chinmusic on Monday 22 October 2012 at 1:33 pm

Injuries and an utter lack of pitching derailed the Rockies in 2012. They finished in last place in the N.L. West with a 64-98 (39.5%) record, 30 games behind the Giants. Here is a look at the players who made the biggest impacts in 2012 for the Rockies, in my opinion:

Team MVP: Carlos Gonzalez - 27-year old lefty swinging outfielder Carlos Gonzalez was the best player on the Rockies in 2012 when he was healthy. Gonzalez played in 135 games for the Rockies last year and he was 157 of 518 (.303 avg, .881 OPS) with 89 runs scored, 22 homers, 85 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.

Best Pitcher: Rafael Betancourt - 37-year old righty closer Rafael Betancourt was easily the best pitcher on the Rockies in 2012. He pitched in 60 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 1-4 with 31 saves, a 2.81 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. Betancourt gave up 53 hits and 12 walks while whiffing 57 batters in only 57 2/3 innings last year, which is pretty impressive.

Biggest Surprise: Wilin Rosario - 23-year old righty swinging catcher Wilin Rosario was supposed to play behind veteran Ramon Hernandez last year. But, Hernandez got injured, opening the door for Rosario and he kicked it in. Rosario played in 117 games for the Rockies last year and he was 107 of 396 (.270 avg, .843 OPS) with 67 runs scored, 28 homers, 71 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.

Biggest Disappointment: Jeremy Guthrie - The Rockies dealt for 33-year old righty starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie with the idea that he would help them at the top of the rotation. It just didn’t work out that way. Guthrie pitched in 19 games (15 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 3-9 with a 6.35 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP. Then the Rockies dealt him to the Royals, essentially just to get him off the team.

Jim Tracy resigns as the manager of the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Monday 8 October 2012 at 7:47 pm

56-year old manager Jim Tracy has resigned from his post as the Rockies’ manager. The Rockies were only 64-98 this year as they were in last place inn the N.L. West, 30 games behind the San Francisco Giants. The Rockies had a lot of injuries this year, but they could never get anything going. It certainly wasn’t all Tracy’s fault. Tracy was 294-308 (48.8%) during the regular season and he was 1-3 in the post-season in his four years with the Rockies.

Mike Ekstrom elects to leave the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Monday 8 October 2012 at 7:44 pm

29-year old righty reliever Mike Ekstrom has elected to leave the Rockies as a free agent. Ekstrom pitched in 15 games (0 starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 0-0 with a 6.32 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. He has pitched in 51 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 0-3 with a 5.61 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP. The Rockies won’t miss Ekstrom too much.

Troy Tulowitzki had a lost 2012 season for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Wednesday 3 October 2012 at 4:03 pm

In case anyone didn’t know what 27-year old righty swinging SS Troy Tulowitzki meant to the Rockies, they know now. He missed most of this season due to injury and the Rockies went straight into the tank, finishing a distant last place in the N.L. West. Tulowitzki played in only 47 games for the Rockies this year and he was 52 of 181 (.287 avg, .846 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 8 homers, 27 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He has now played in 744 games in his first seven years with the Rockies and he is 822 of 2,813 (.292 avg, .868 OPS) with 471 runs scored, 130 homers, 470 RBIs and 53 stolen bases. The Rockies need Tulowitzki to stay healthy if they are going to rebound in 2013.

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