Well-Armed Rockies On a Road of Success
The Rockies offense is in a funk.
And the team is winning.
Honest.Hard as it may seem to believe, the Rockies won five of seven games on the just-completed road trip, equaling the ninth best road trip in franchise history.
Here's the kicker. The Rockies hit .181 in the seven games. And they have still won five times. Why? Because the team had a 2.21 ERA before giving up 10 runs in Wednesday's finale at Pittsburgh. In the five wins they allowed only seven runs -- total.
Now there have been two key offensive efforts. Charlie Blackmon, hitting third in the absence of Noaln Arenado, had three home runs, a double and seven RBI. DJ LeMahieu, hitting leadoff with Blackmon moving down in the lineup, had three doubles and three home runs. He drove in five runs.
Chad Bettis has been the anchor in the rotation. Not only did he win both of his starts, but he allowed one earned runs in 14 1/3 innings. He worked 7 1/3 shutout innings in Tuesday's 2-0 victory at Pittsburgh, and gave up one run in seven innings of the road-trip opener in a 5-1 win at Washington on Thursday.
The loss on Wednesday kept the Rockies from claiming the third best road trip in franchise history.
A strong road trip, however, does not guarantee success at season's end. The Rockies did advance to the World Series for the only time in franchise history in 2007, when the Rockies had the only undefeated road trip in franchise history. But that also is the only season in which they enjoyed two of their eight best road trips -- 6-0 in September, and 5-1 in May.
Chad Bettis got the trip started in Washington, and added a statement in Tuesday's game at Pittsburgh, earning his second victory on the trip with seven shutout innings. Wade Davis has converted all three of his save opportunities with three hitless innings.
Charlie Blackmon returned to the lineup and found himself hitting third in light of the decision for Nolan Arenado to serve his five-game suspension in the final five games of the six-game road trip. And Blackmon has filled the void.