What Went Right
- Anthony Rizzo dialed up his 15th homer.
- The bullpen did a nice job of mopping up today’s mess.
- Cub hitters made some noise in the final frame, but it was too little too late—again. Starlin Castro’s 9th inning K with runners in scoring position and nobody out was a crushing blow.
What Went Wrong
- Another rotten performance by a Cub starter. Here’s Chris Volstad’s line: 3 IP, 10 hits, 7 ER, 2 HRs allowed.
- Rockies’ 1B Jordan Pacheco came up with a nice pick on a ball in the dirt to end the game. The Cubs were this close to tying it up, but that and a dollar will get you a cup of McDonald’s coffee.
- The Cubs left 11 men on base. The Rockies left two.
Those Were The Days
Whenever I think of the Colorado Rockies, I think of their inaugural season. It was 1993, and the expansion Rockies were led by the one and only Don Baylor.
The fans showed up in force that year (4.48 million of them to be exact), but the on-field product wasn’t much fun to watch. Baylor’s Boys finished 67-95 and allowed a whopping 860 earned runs.
A few other tidbits about the 1993 Rockies…
- Can’t-miss pitching prospect David Nied missed. In 16 starts he racked up an ERA of 5.17 and a WHIP of 1.62. Injuries ended his career before it even began. He was out of baseball (the Majors anyway) by age 27.
- Andres Galarraga found new life in hitter-friendly Denver. After two terrible years in Montreal and St. Louis, the Big Cat exploded in 1993: .370/.403/.602. He went on to play 11 more seasons and make three more All Star teams.
- Former Braves star Dale Murphy finished his great career with 42 not-so-great at bats for the 1993 Rockies.
- Three Colorado starters (with at least 10 starts) sported ERAs of 6+: Butch Henry, Kent Bottenfield, and Greg Harris.
- Rockies baserunners led the N.L. in caught stealing with 90. Way to take advantage of your home park by running into outs.
It wasn’t pretty in Denver, but fans didn’t have to wait long for a contender. The 1995 Rockies made the playoffs, only to be bounced by the powerhouse Atlanta Braves. By the way, the 1995 Cubs finished two games over .500. Trivia alert…Two Cubs had seven triples that season. Can you name them?