Rockies Have 2 Aces, But Will Brewers Continue to Trump The Bats?

Here’s the good news.

After playing five games in six days in four different cities, and falling behind in the best-of-five NL Division Series with back-to-back losses at Miller Park, the Rockies return to Coors Field on Sunday afternoon, and have their top two starting pitchers, German Marquez and Kyle Freeland, rested and ready to go.

But is that good enough good news to help them avoid being swept by the Brewers, or denied a chance to return to Milwaukee come Tuesday for a winner-take-all Game 5?

We’ll see.

Here’s the rub.

There has been a big 0 in the offense.

Starting with Game 163, continuing through the NL Wild-Card game, and then going to Milwaukee for the first two games of the NLDS, the Rockies only victory game in the Wild-Card game, and they had to go 13 innings to pull out a 2-1 victory to advance to the NLDS.

They have scored only two runs in the two NLDS games at Miller Park.

They have only two hits with runners in scoring position since Oct. 1 — both singles — and one walk.

RISP Since Oct. 1.

Team G AVG Player G AB H RBI BB SO
Red Sox 2 0.375 Tony Wolters 1 1 1 1 0 0
Astros 2 0.333 Charlie Blackmon 3 2 1 1 1 0
Brewers 3 0.281 Nolan Arenado 3 1 0 2 0 1
Yankees 3 0.238 David Dahl 4 7 0 0 0 2
Dodgers 3 0.19 Ian Desmond 2 4 0 0 0 2
Cubs 2 0.125 Carlos Gonzalez 1 1 0 0 0 0
Rockies 4 0.077 Matt Holliday 3 4 0 0 0 3
Braves 2 0 Chris Iannetta 1 1 0 0 0 1
Indians 1 0 DJ LeMahieu 2 2 0 0 0 0
Astros 1 0 Trevor Story 3 3 0 0 0 3


Now, it is a small sample size. And it has been on the road. And the Rockies are returning to Coors Field, where they did stumble early in the season, but have regained their stature as the team with the best home-field advantage in the National League since June 19. They even have the seventh lowest ERA in the NL at home in that stretch.

They also lead the NL in

Team W L Pct R 2B 3B HR RBI AVG
Rockies 36 14 0.72 293 115 18 84 281 0.299
Brewers 30 16 0.652 274 108 8 59 265 0.284
Cubs 32 18 0.64 244 77 12 65 233 0.271
Dodgers 25 18 .581 231 81 9 45 219 .268
Phillies 26 20 .565 227 86 7 45 212 .259
Reds 26 21 .553 186 68 14 38 171 .254
Pirates 23 20 .535 209 79 3 70 199 .253
Cardinals 22 20 .524 231 66 10 72 219 .250
Marlins 24 22 .522 146 70 8 33 141 .246
Nationals 25 23 .521 191 59 3 42 182 .243
Mets 24 23 .511 159 47 5 30 152 .236
Braves 22 25 .468 200 71 9 60 191 .231
Giants 23 27 .46 152 65 6 45 146 .226
D-backs 17 25 .405 166 74 12 24 155 .222
Padres 13 29 .310 170 62 10 48 168 .216

The Rockies do have to feel comfortable with Marquez and Freeland going in the two games at Coors Field. They both will have an extra day of rest, and they both have been comfortable pitching at Coors Field.

Marquez struggled at home early, but in the second half of the season, he reaffirmed his comfort at Coors. He was 4-1 with a 1.90 ERA in seven starts, and the Rockies won his two no-decisions, in which he allowed a total of two earned runs in 13 2/3 innings.

Marquez At Home Since July 11

Date Opponent DEC IP H R ER HR BB IBB HB SO
7/11/2018 Ari W 19-2 W 6 5 2 2 1 2 0 0 8
7/29/2018 Oak W 3-2 W 7.2 5 2 2 2 1 0 0 8
8/8/2018 Pit L 4-3 L 6 10 3 3 0 2 1 0 10
8/25/2018 StL W 9-1 ND 7 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 9
9/4/2018 SF W 6-2 ND 6.2 7 2 2 1 2 0 0 11
9/10/2018 Ari W 13-2 W 7 6 2 1 0 1 0 0 11
9/26/2018 Phi W 14-0 W 7 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 11
Total (6-1) 1.90 ERA 4-1 47.1 39 11 10 4 10 1 0 68

Freeland, meanwhile, is not only 10-2 at Coors Field, but he has a 2.40 ERA, the lowest in the history of the ballpark, and the Rockies have won his last 10 starts at home.

Comfortable at Coors

Date Opponent DEC IP H R ER HR BB IBB HB SO
4/8/2018 Atl L 4-0 L 6 7 3 3 2 2 0 0 5
4/24/2018 SD W 8-0 W 7 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 8
5/12/2018 Mil W 4-0 W 6.1 4 0 0 0 4 0 0 6
5/29/2018 SF W 11-4 W 5.1 8 3 3 2 0 0 0 3
6/10/2018 Ari L 8-3 L 6 4 4 4 1 4 0 0 8
6/21/2018 NYM W 6-4 W 6 5 2 2 1 4 0 0 4
7/2/2018 SF W 5-2 W 7 3 2 2 1 1 0 1 3
7/12/2018 Ari W 5-1 ND 5.1 6 1 1 0 1 1 1 4
7/27/2018 Oak W 3-1 W 6 5 0 0 0 3 0 1 5
8/6/2018 Pit W 2-0 W 7 2 0 0 0 3 0 1 5
8/11/2018 LAD W 3-2 ND 7 6 2 2 1 2 0 0 10
8/23/2018 SD W 4-3 ND 6.1 7 2 2 1 1 0 0 7
9/8/2018 LAD W 4-2 W 6 4 1 1 1 2 0 0 8
9/13/2018 Ari W 10-3 W 6.1 4 3 3 1 1 0 0 6
9/28/2018 Was W 5-2 W 6 11 2 2 0 1 0 0 4
Total (13-2) 2.40 ERA 10-2 93.2 79 25 25 11 31 1 4 86
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