The Colorado Rockies lost their fifth straight game Sunday in Philadelphia, following close on the heels of a rare closed-door team meeting with team manager Jim Tracy. Among the focus of Tracy's efforts was a lack of hitting.
Outfielder Ryan Spilborghs said, "We are not getting enough quality at-bats. We have chances to score, and we are not getting it done. You are not going to win games doing that, especially against good teams."
Other analysts, however, point the finger elsewhere. The Bleacher Report labels the Rockies as suffering from an underdog complex:
The problem with always being the underdog is that it makes it alright to fail. When the team isn't the favorite, winning is a benefit, it is not expected. That makes it easy for the Rockies to fail. If they don't go out and win on the road, they can use the underdog excuse. If the club ever wants to be a true contender they need to recreate the way people around baseball view the Colorado Rockies. Instead of being the team that consistently lost 85-90 games in the early 2000s, the Rockies of 2010 need to embrace their success and view themselves as a team that expects to be in the playoffs, not a team that surprises everyone by playing in October.
For a team that's only four and a half games behind the division leader, the Rockies still have promise left in the season, though time is running out.