DENVER -- In a letter to season-ticket holders Friday, Rockies owner, chairman and chief executive officer Dick Monfort discussed the team's season so far as well as the Rockies' Opening Day starter and the pitcher they traded him for on July 20.
"The trade of Jeremy Guthrie for Jonathan Sanchez was hoping a change of scenery would bring improved performance," Monfort wrote. "We will continue to watch, but so far that has not been the case for either man."
Sanchez is 0-3 with a 9.53 ERA in three starts for the Rockies, yielding 13 runs (12 earned) on 17 hits and nine walks in 11 1/3 innings. A stalwart in the Giants rotation from 2006 through 2011 and the author of a no-hitter for San Francisco in 2009, Sanchez has not yet lost the faith of his new manager.
"We've seen this happen before," manager Jim Tracy said of Sanchez's quick decline. "We've seen guys like this show the capability of bouncing back and refinding themselves. That in itself is part of our intrigue with him, in that we put the work in, you do the due dilegence that you have to do in order to try and get him back."
Tracy thought the 29-year-old southpaw showed new life on his fastball Friday night, peaking at 92, but said his erratic command is holding him back.
"When you look at how old he is, do you give up?" Tracy queried. "I don't think you give up with an arm that has very heavy sink. He has an electric slider. He's always been a guy that has fought his command somewhat. You feel like you have a project on your hands, and you're going to try and move forward. That's simply what it boils down to."