April Showers: Home Field Advantage? Well, ...

The Rockies head into their final home series of April needing to sweep the Padres to just finish .500 at Coors Field for the month.

Don't be shocked.

As disappointing as the Rockies 3-6 start at home has been, it's not that much of an outlier.

The Rockies all-time record at home in the opening month of the season (including any games played in March) is only 150-145, a .508 winning percentage. The 7-6 record last year in April is the only winning record they have enjoyed at Coors Field in the opening month in the last four years.

Year Wins Losses Pct.
2018 3 6 0.333
2017 7 6 0.538
2016 4 8 0.333
2015 4 5 0.444
2014 8 4 0.667
2013 9 3 0.75
2012 7 6 0.539
2011 7 5 0.583
2010 7 5 0.583
2009 4 5 0.444
2008 4 6 0.4
2007 6 7 0.462
2006 5 7 0.417
2005 5 6 0.455
2004 6 6 0.5
2003 11 3 0.786
2002 7 7 0.5
2001 8 7 0.533
2000 6 4 0.6
1999 3 2 0.6
1998 4 11 0.267
1997 8 3 0.727
1996 5 8 0.385
1995 2 0 1
1994 5 7 0.417
1993 5 8 0.625
Total 150 145 0.508
Source: Stats, Inc.

The Rockies have had a winning April record at home in 12 of their previous 25 seasons of existence -- all during the 23 years at Coors Field. They, however, have finished one game above .500 in four of those years -- 1999, 2001, 2017 and 2012.

Year Wins Losses Pct.
1995 2 0 1
2003 11 3 0.786
2013 9 3 0.75
1997 8 3 0.727
2014 8 4 0.667
2000 6 4 0.6
1999 3 2 0.6
2011 7 5 0.583
2010 7 5 0.583
2012 7 6 0.539
2017 7 6 0.538
2001 8 7 0.533
Source: Stats, Inc.

Meanwhile, in their 13 other seasons they have finished .500 twice, and two of the 11 seasons with a losing record at home in April were the first two years, when they played at Mile High Stadium. 

Year Wins Losses Pct.
2004 6 6 0.5
2002 7 7 0.5
2007 6 7 0.462
2005 5 6 0.455
2015 4 5 0.444
2009 4 5 0.444
2006 5 7 0.417
1994 5 7 0.417
2008 4 6 0.4
1993 5 8 0.385
1996 5 8 0.385
2018 3 6 0.333
2016 4 8 0.333
1998 4 11 0.267
Source: Stats, Inc.

And the home record in April has not been an indicator of post-season opportunities. The Rockies have had a winning record twice in April and a losing record twice in the four years they advanced to the post-season.

Year Wins Losses Pct Post-Season
2017 7 6 0.538 Lost to Diamondbacks in NL Wild-Card
2009 4 5 0.444 Lost to Phillies in four games in NLDS
2007 6 7 0.462 Swept Phillies NLDS, D-Backs NLCS, Swept by Red Sox in WS
1995 4 1 0.8 Lost to Braves in 4 games in NLDS
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