Monday 4x4: Marquez Right On Vs. Lefties

One day can create a panic mode.

German Marquez suffered through that on Sunday. After giving up seven hits in nine at-bats against left-handed hitters, the media wanted to know what manager Bud Black could do to help alleviate Marquez's problems against lefties.

Black, however, looked at the big picture instead of one day. The picture that shows left-handers have hit .224 against Marquez this year, and prior to Sunday were a combined 4-for-40 against him.

"Let's see how it plays out as the season progresses," said Black. "As with any pitcher it's about commanding the fastball and getting the breaking ball down."

Rockies pitchers vs. left-handed hitters this year, and Marquez Game-By-Game

Player AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SO AVG OBP SLG
Adam Ottavino 18 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 12 0.056 0.19 0.056
Tyler Anderson 20 4 0 0 1 1 5 0 5 0.2 0.36 0.35
Chad Bettis 44 9 4 0 0 2 5 0 8 0.205 0.286 0.295
Chris Rusin 23 5 0 0 1 3 3 0 6 0.217 0.308 0.348
German Marquez 49 11 0 0 1 8 9 0 9 0.224 0.333 0.286
Antonio Senzatela 22 5 1 0 1 3 2 0 7 0.227 0.292 0.409
Kyle Freeland 17 5 1 0 1 2 4 0 7 0.294 0.409 0.529
Jon Gray 62 20 3 2 3 11 2 0 16 0.323 0.344 0.581
Bryan Shaw 17 6 1 0 2 4 3 0 3 0.353 0.45 0.765
Scott Oberg 19 7 1 0 0 7 2 0 5 0.368 0.429 0.421
Marquez By Game AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HB SO AVG OBP SLG
4/11 SD 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
4/16 Pit 13 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 0 0.067 0
4/6 Atl 11 2 0 0 1 2 6 0 0 0.182 0.444 0.455
3/31 Dbacks 9 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.222 0.3 0.222
4/22 Cubs 9 7 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 0.778 0.8 0.778

You don't think baseball is a game of streaks? Well check out Trevor Story. He is suddenly alive, and well, and a key part of the Rockies lineup. In the last week, he has hit .450, raising his season average from .190 to .244.

Trevor Story AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
4/16/2018 @Pit W 6-2 3 1 2 0 0 1 3 1 0
4/17/2018 @Pit W 2-0 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1
4/18/2018 @Pit L 10-2 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
4/20/2018 ChC L 16-5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
4/21/2018 ChC W 5-2 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 2
4/22/2018 ChC L 9-7 4 1 3 0 1 0 2 1 1
Last 6 Games .450 avg 20 2 9 2 1 1 6 4 5
Season .244 average 82 8 20 4 1 4 12 10 31

What's a strikeout really mean? Not much. The Rockies struck out a season-high 15 batters on Sunday, and lost. In fact, in the 14 games in which they have struck out eight or more batters this season they are 7-7.

Date Opp W L SO
4/22/2018 ChC 0 1 15
4/11/2018 SD 1 0 13
3/29/2018 Ari 0 1 11
4/9/2018 SD 0 1 10
4/10/2018 SD 0 1 10
4/13/2018 Was 1 0 10
4/15/2018 Was 1 0 10
4/16/2018 Pit 1 0 10
3/30/2018 Ari 0 1 9
4/8/2018 Atl 0 1 9
3/31/2018 Ari 1 0 8
4/2/2018 SD 1 0 8
4/5/2018 SD 1 0 8
4/18/2018 Pit 0 1 8
Wins/Losses 7 7

Charlie Blackmon hit is eighth home run on Sunday, tied for the MLB lead. It, however, was his first at Coors field. The home run was the 119th of his career, which moved him ahead of Brad Hawpe into sole possession of 10th place on the Rockies all-time home run list. He also scored his 500th career run and had his 900th hit.

Rockies Career Home Run Leaders

Player Season G HR
Todd Helton 1997-2013(17) 2247 369
Larry Walker 1995-2004(10) 1170 258
Vinny Castilla 1993-2006(9) 1098 239
Carlos Gonzalez 2009-2018(10) 1135 214
Dante Bichette 1993-1999(7) 1018 201
Troy Tulowitzki 2006-2015(10) 1048 188
Andres Galarraga 1993-1997(5) 679 172
Nolan Arenado 2013-2018(6) 738 151
Matt Holliday 2004-2008(5) 698 128
Charlie Blackmon 2011-2018(8) 782 119
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