If we take a look at the standings in the National League, the Colorado Rockies are not the worst team: they are fourth, with a 38-50 record.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are the worst team in the division (and MLB) with a 25-64 record.
What about other divisions?
Well, the Rockies are better than the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Baltimore Orioles, the Minnesota Twins, the Kansas City Royals, and the Texas Rangers.
So, why are we all talking about the Rockies being the most doomed franchise in MLB?
Because they are bad now and there isn’t much in the way, either, not to mention the fact that they aren’t precisely well-run and have made curious roster decision recently.
The Pirates, Orioles, Twins, Royals, and Rangers at least have hope for the future.
They Are A Bad Baseball Team Right Now
The Rockies have the worst offense in baseball when it comes to weighted Runs Created Plus, or wRC+, with 78 before Friday’s games.
That’s 22 percent worse than the average.
While it’s true that wRC+ penalizes the Rockies for playing in the most hitter-friendly park in MLB, they have shown time and time again that they are the worst offense in baseball.
Austin Gomber has been good, too, but he is injured.
Speaking of trade candidates, Colorado looks destined to lose Story because he is a free agent after the season and doesn’t seem particularly inclined to sign an extension.
The Rockies are said not to have the budget for any big signing at the moment, so barring some big change there won’t be an extension coming anytime soon for superstar SS Trevor Story, as I just said in @MLBNetwork
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 2, 2021
They could trade him now that there are several shortstop-starved teams.
Help Is Not Exactly On The Way
The D-Backs may be worse than the Rockies, but at least they have help in the way in the form of top prospects.
The Rockies only have outfielder Zac Veen as a top-100 asset, and he was drafted last year.
Veen is still years away from reaching the majors.
The Rockies, therefore, don’t have too many pieces to rebuild around besides Rodgers.
Perhaps the best idea would be tear it all down and trade Story, Gray, and Marquez for a haul of prospects and replenish the farm, coupled with a strong draft over the weekend.
A Questionable Front Office
The Rockies’ decision-makers are not precisely known for being the best in the business.
They gave third baseman Nolan Arenado a huge extension and then paid a portion of his salary to trade him to St. Louis.
The return, besides Gomber, was very underwhelming.
Gomber shouldn’t have been a headliner in the deal, either.
Apart of that, the Rockies were recently criticized heavily because they used front-office staff as clubhouse attendants in 2020.
I feel like people shouldn't stop talking about the fact the Rockies used front office employees as clubhouse attendants
— Ilan (@wisdom_studios) March 30, 2021
Overall, from top to bottom, from the people running the organization to the ones making the baseball decisions, the club is among the worst in the league.