Rockies Notes: O’Dowd, Moyer, Guthrie, Pitching

Here's the latest about the Rockies as the team opens up a three-game series against the Reds in Cincinnati….

  • GM Dan O'Dowd tells's Thomas Harding that the organization isn't going to make any quick changes based on the club's poor record thus far, including his own job.  "That's human nature: fire the GM….And we're examining our entire process," O'Dowd said.  "We don't stick our heads in the sand, but we make decisions in a calmer way, rather than an emotional way. Hey, I've made them the other way. I've acted the other way in previous years. That doesn't work, either. I've intentionally chosen to act the way I'm acting. I'm all in. No backing out now."
  • Owner Dick Monfort told Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post earlier this week that he wasn't going to fire either O'Dowd or manager Jim Tracy.  As part of a live chat with Denver Post readers, Patrick Saunders disagreed with Monfort, saying "if the Rockies' season continues to go south this season, O'Dowd's job should be in jeopardy. There is no way he should be getting a free pass. This is a performance-oriented business."
  • From that same chat, Saunders also said that Jamie Moyer's time in Colorado is running out as the Rockies will want to give their young pitchers a chance in the rotation.  The Denver Post's Troy Renck cited Marco Scutaro and Jeremy Guthrie as midseason trade candidates; Renck would "be surprised if Guthrie is not dealt."
  • The performance of the Rockies' pitching staff, as well as Tracy and O'Dowd's handling of those pitchers, is criticized by Paul Swydan of Fangraphs.  Swydan also recaps the Rockies' poor returns on recent trades.

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