Colorado Rockies Lose 10 in a Row; Tulowitzki Could Ask for Trade UPDATE: Weiss Hospitalized - The American Spectator | USA News and Politics
Colorado Rockies Lose 10 in a Row; Tulowitzki Could Ask for Trade UPDATE: Weiss Hospitalized
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The Colorado Rockies’ 2015 season had a promising beginning as they won 7 of their first 9 games. But they have gone 4-16 since and have now lost 10 consecutive games. Their latest loss came last night against the Los Angeles Angels in an interleague game and now stand 9 ½ games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.

Their offense is pretty decent. Although Carlos Gonzalez is hitting under .200, Troy Tulowitzki, Charlie Blackmon, Nolan Arenando and 2014 NL batting champ Justin Morneau are pulling their weight. The Rockies have a team batting average of .271 which is currently third in the NL behind the Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals. The same cannot be said of their pitching. Their 5.48 team ERA is the worst in the NL is nearly a full run higher than the lowly Milwaukee Brewers (4.58).

It appears that Tulowitzki and his agent will formally request a trade as early as tomorrow. The 30-year old shortstop, who has been with the Rockies his entire professional career, signed contract extensions with the club prior to the 2009 & 2011 seasons. The latter extension was worth $118 million and put him under contract with the Rockies until 2020.

Getting rid of Tulo is going to be a problem. Not only does he have a heavy contract, but he is injury prone. He’s played fewer than 100 games in two of the past three seasons. Now Tulo is a very productive player when healthy. He is a four time NL All-Star and is arguably the best shorstop in MLB. However, he turned 30 last October and I can only imagine his physical problems are going to get worse from here on out. This isn’t to say that Tulo couldn’t be of help in the short term and put a team into the post-season and maybe a World Series. But there aren’t going to be a lot of teams who will give up their top prospects for a player who is going to spend a good chunk of time on the disabled list. The only way I see a team taking on Tulo’s contract is if the Rockies pay 75 to 80% of it.

But if the Rockies do deal Tulowitzki I think they will be better in the long term. It might take awhile to pay dividends, but things will get better. Although by the time they do get better Walt Weiss probably won’t be managing the team.

UPDATE: Rockies manager Walt Weiss has been hospitalized with stomach pains which he has been experiencing for the past couple of days. No doubt the performance of the team hasn’t helped matters.

Bench coach Tom Runnells will manage the team this evening against the Angels. Hope he gets well soon.

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