|Jeremy Guthrie performance failure|
The problem was, you guessed it, defective pitching.
Jeremy Guthrie looked bad, giving up 6 runs, 4 earned in just 2 2/3 innings. Matt Reynolds followed him and fared poorly too - 3 runs allowed in 1 2/3 frames.
Today, that meant game over.
Guthrie's trade value, already battered, slipped again
How bad has Guthrie's 2012 been? Only 5 of his 14 starts (36 percent) have been what could be called acceptable-to-quality.
Carlos Gonzalez and Dexter Fowler homered, Jordan Pacheco and Josh Rutledge had 2 hits apiece and newbie had 3 hits and drove in 2 runs.
So the Rockies easily had enough offense. General manager Dan O'Dowd can't enough quality pitching and get it soon enough. The Rockies need to have an elite-caliber player, pitcher or hitter, available in the first round of the 2013 draft, preferably pitcher.
Rockies' Prospects Spotlight
|Kyle Parker (photo, Modesto Bee)|
In his last 5 games, he's even better - 15-for-21, which is a .714 clip.
He's seeing the ball well and making outstanding contact. There isn't much power there (only 4 extra-base hits in last 9 games) but it looks like Parker is rounding into form after an early-season injury.
Outfielder Corey Dickerson hit .338 at High-A Modesto over 60 games to start the season and has now built his average to .290 at Double-A Tulsa. That might seem modest, and it is, but Dickerson is making adjustments to Texas-League pitching lately. He's 11-for-27 (.407) in his last 7 games. Dickerson's power, over .600 his first two years in the minors, is down this season to the .500s but he does have 35 doubles, 6 triples and 14 homers. His strike-zone defense and average are up which indicates to me he is a smarter, better hitter, meaning he should regain power down the road. He may not be an elite prospect but I remain strong on his stock and profile him as a starter at the MLB level.
|Kent Matthes having poor season but hitting now|
Triple-A pitcher Alex White had a forgettable night at work, giving up 6 runs in 6 innings. He has a 4.73 ERA in 9 starts and has but 4 acceptable-to-good efforts. A rough 2012 campaign. More was expected from him. White must find effectiveness in the next year or he will likely become a bullpen arm in an attempt to salvage his talent as an asset. Right now, he's too hittable (46 hits in 45 2/3 innings), he's walking too many (20) and showing few signs of quality MLB-starter potential.