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The Colorado Rockies had a so-so first half in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Season Reviews by joelapinski on Tuesday 16 July 2013 at 7:41 pm

The Rockies finished up in the first half with a 46-50 (47.9%) record, which has them in 3rd place in the N.L. West, 4.5 games behind the Diamondbacks.  The Rockies are also 7.5 games behind the Reds for the final Wild Card spot in the N.L.  Here is a look at the players who had the biggest impacts in the first half of the 2013 season for the Rockies, in my opinion:

TEAM MVP:  Carlos Gonzalez - 27-year old lefty swinging outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is putting up monster numbers for the Rockies so far in 2013.  Gonzalez has played in 91 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 107 of 354 (.302 avg, .980 OPS) with 68 runs scored, 25 homers, 64 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.

BIGGEST SURPRISE:  Jorge De La Rosa - 32-year old lefty starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa only started 13 games combined in 2011 and 2012, due to injuries…so the Rockies didn’t have high hopes for him in 2013.  He has pitched in 19 games (all starts) for the Rockies so far this year and he is 9-5 with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  De La Rosa has given up 102 hits and 38 walks while whiffing 74 batters in his first 109 1/3 innings this year, which are pretty impressive numbers.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT:  Jon Garland - 33-year old righty starting pitcher Jon Garland was supposed to give the Rockies a veteran innings eater, but it just didn’t work out.  Garland pitched in 12 games (all starts) for the Rockies this year and he was 4-6 with a 5.82 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP.  His performance earned his release from the Rockies.

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.

The Colorado Rockies are likely glad that the 2011 season is over

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Season Reviews by chinmusic on Tuesday 11 October 2011 at 7:17 pm

Everything that could go wrong, did for the Rockies in 2011. Injuries and ineffectiveness gave them a double whammy this year. The Rockies finished in 4th place in the N.L. West with a 73-89 record, 21 games behind the Diamondbacks. Here is a look at some things that stood out to me in 2011:

TEAM MVP: 27-year old righty swinging shortstop Troy Tulowitzki proved once again in 2011 that he’s the best player on the Rockies. Tulowitzki played in 143 games for the Rockies in 2011 and he was 162 for 537 (.302 avg, .916 OPS) with 81 runs scored, 30 homers, 105 RBIs and 9 stolen bases.

BEST PITCHER: 23-year old righty starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin has stepped into the ace role for the Rockies. He pitched in 31 games (all starts) for the Rockies last year and he was 11-14 with a 3.62 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. He only gave up 168 hits in his 194 innings pitched last year while whiffing 150 batters. But, Chacin did walk 84 batters, so he still has stuff to work on.

PLEASANT SURPRISE: Many “experts” thought that 38-year old lefty swinging 1B Todd Helton was done. But, he returned to being a very solid hitter for the Rockies in 2011, before his year was cut short due to injury. Helton played in 124 games for the Rockies last year and he was 127 for 421 (.302 avg, .850 OPS) with 59 runs scored, 14 homers and 69 RBIs.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: The Rockies were expecting big things out of 26-year old lefty swinging 3B Ian Stewart in 2011. Stewart played in only 48 games for the Rockies in 2011 and he was 19 for 122 (.156 avg, .464 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 0 homers, 6 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. He spent most of the season in AAA.

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