Jim Tracy…making Old Bloody Chiclitz’s toy ideas seem absolutely sensible.
Still, there is a feeling at 20th and Blake that the team may be as close to contending as one with a 40-69 record can hope to be, even with a middle-of-the-pack payroll. The Rockies think they can compete, even though the Dodgers and Giants made significant Deadline moves.
“It’s the importance of your young guys on that bump matriculating and heading in the direction they need to go in,” Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. “It’s absolutely imperative. I say that because the thing that I continue to be very excited about is what we’ve been able to do offensively without significant offensive pieces.”
... However, the nature of many of the losses leaves a nagging feeling. The inability to throw strikes or work out of situations has been an ongoing story with the young starting staff. The fact pitcher after pitcher has struggled and seemed unprepared upon arriving in the Majors is a concern the club must fix. There also have been some defensive lapses, shaky at-bats and strange decisions on the bases.
“There’s definitely some instances where I get caught by surprise sometimes, when I go, ‘This guy doesn’t know that yet?’ when I think he should know it,” Tulowitzki said. “But the game speeds up on them or certain things happen. But right now is about as relaxed atmosphere as you are going to have because of our record. It should be easier for guys.
Posted: August 10, 2012 at 08:50 AM | 14 comment(s)
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