The holidays are a time for self-reflection. You know, if you're into that kind of thing. So with that in mind, here's the good, bad and ugly of our Denver sports scene as we sit today.
Colorado Rockies stars Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon on Thursday were named Gold Glove finalists at their respective positions, according to Rawlings—the longtime sponsor of the award.
Things have been wonky to say the least over the last couple of years and it was hard to put a finger on where it all went wrong. But I think I figured it out and it only became clear because of a couple of recent sports moments that put it into focus.
It will be the performance of the starting rotation that is worth keeping an eye on going forward; the unit, one of baseball’s worst at striking batters out, probably has some regression coming its way. But there’s an argument to be made that it could hold up if one pitcher in particular rediscovers his groove.
The Colorado Rockies—more so than just about any other team in baseball, really—know what they have at the top of their roster. Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon, Germán Márquez, and Trevor Story have carried the team for years. But beyond those four players, things have been a bit of a crapshoot for the Rockies.
Remember when the Colorado Rockies, way back in 2017 and 2018, reached the postseason in two consecutive years? It seems like forever ago because, in some ways, it was; 2020 alone seems like it has been its own decade, but we can talk about that elsewhere. In terms of baseball time, Colorado’s success is in the distant past.
After a good start to the 2020 season, the Rockies bullpen turned into a true mess. The 6.77 ERA was second-worst in baseball and the highest mark posted by any bullpen in franchise history.
Nolan Arenado hung up his spikes for the season due to a shoulder injury. Could his days in Denver be numbered?
The Colorado Rockies are three games out of what is currently a three-way tie for the eighth and final National League postseason spot.
It’s a good thing a scrappy team of rainbow clad underdogs saved the Denver sports day. At least for another week or so.