The Colorado Rockies got off to a hot start in 2014 and were one of the three teams vying for the NL West crown through 40 games. The Rockies were sitting pretty with the best offense in the sport and some solid defense.
But since then, everything has been going wrong for the mile high men. Featured players Nolan Arenado, Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer have hit the DL this season, along with over half of their starting rotation.
It is nothing new that the Rockies are struggling to pitch this season. What is new is the potential reason why. The Rockies have had 12 different pitchers start a game this season, and of those 12, six of them are on the disables list right now. Tyler Chatwood, Christian Bergman and Brett Anderson are all on the 60-day DL and their ERA leader Jordan Lyles hasn’t pitched since June 4.
The bullpen hasn’t suffered injuries like starting rotation, but they have been just as bad. LaTroy Hawkins and Tommy Kahnle have been two bright spot out of the pen while Adam Ottavino, Matt Belisle and Rex Brothers all have ERAs over four.
There is no telling where a healthy offense could have carried the Rockies in the first half of the season, but they will have some decisions to make at the deadline.