To remain optimistic, Carlos Gonzalez envisions next season's lineup. This year has been a grease fire, the Rockies out of contention before school let out. But Gonzalez, who is under contract through 2017, sees glimmers of hope.

"We get Tulo back, have (Josh) Rutledge for a full year, (Chris) Nelson at third and maybe even (Nolan) Arenado with Wilin (Rosario), (Michael) Cuddyer, (Todd) Helton," Gonzalez said Wednesday. "There are some really good pieces."

Gonzalez catches himself as he talks. He knows the Rockies are going to hit. They always do. But any chance of becoming competitive hinges on the rotation. The Rockies have only one starter this season who has pitched 100 innings. Jeff