Some big decisions loom for Rockies
The Denver Post
Last year the Rockies were so hurt, so bad, they briefly played journeyman Doug Bernier at second base. In the clubhouse Monday night, after a stinging playoff exit that left eyes moist and red, the Rockies were so deep that all-stars Jason Marquis and Brad Hawpe were reduced to bench ornaments against the Phillies.
Every offseason begins with questions, but that fact alone addressed the most pertinent: Are the Rockies moving forward? Yes.
“This team should only get better,” pitcher Jorge De La Rosa said. “We have a lot of good players here, and we are young.”
This isn’t to suggest the Rockies should begin planning for a parade down Blake Street next November celebrating a World Series championship. They have flaws hat must be addressed if they are to get deeper into the playoffs. As championship teams go, they don’t work pitchers enough, they strike out way too much and their everyday lineup must improve against left-handed starters. To continue relying on the big hit to camouflage the big whiff is not a great strategy.
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