Time for Rockies To Regain That Home-Field Advantage

The Rockies have had plenty of success at Coors Field. They have had a winning record in 17 seasons since moving into Coors Field in 1995, but they are only 3-7 at home so far in 2018.

Rockies Year by Year at Coors Field

Season W L Pct ERA
1996 55 26 0.679 6.17
2010 52 29 0.642 4.25
2009 51 30 0.63 4.41
2007 51 31 0.622 4.34
1995 44 28 0.611 6.17
2003 49 32 0.605 5.07
2000 48 33 0.593 6.06
1997 47 34 0.58 5.67
2002 47 34 0.58 5.47
2017 46 35 0.568 4.93
2014 45 36 0.556 5.05
2013 45 36 0.556 4.43
2006 44 37 0.543 4.72
2008 43 38 0.531 4.83
1998 42 39 0.519 5.7
2016 42 39 0.519 5.4
2001 41 40 0.506 6.12
2005 40 41 0.494 5.18
1999 39 42 0.481 7.11
2004 38 43 0.469 6.27
2011 38 43 0.469 4.71
2015 36 45 0.444 5.68
2012 35 46 0.432 5.97
2018 3 7 0.3 6.73
Since W L Pct ERA
8/6/2016 14 22 0.389 5.04

How much does Coors Field mean to the Rockies? Well, since it opened in 1995 the Rockies have the fifth best home-field record among the 15 NL teams, but their overall record is only the 10th best record. They have won 54.7 percent of their home games, but only 47.2 percent of their games overall.

Home Overall
Team W L Pct Team W L Pct
St. Louis Cardinals 1099 764 0.59 Atlanta Braves 2056 1670 0.552
Atlanta Braves 1096 769 0.588 St. Louis Cardinals 2027 1699 0.544
Los Angeles Dodgers 1073 794 0.575 Los Angeles Dodgers 2010 1718 0.539
San Francisco Giants 1051 814 0.564 San Francisco Giants 1936 1792 0.519
Colorado Rockies 1021 844 0.547 New York Mets 1872 1855 0.502
New York Mets 992 872 0.532 Philadelphia Phillies 1846 1882 0.495
Philadelphia Phillies 976 890 0.523 Chicago Cubs 1829 1896 0.491
Chicago Cubs 975 887 0.524 Cincinnati Reds 1803 1928 0.483
Washington Nationals 975 886 0.524 San Diego Padres 1790 1943 0.48
San Diego Padres 971 897 0.52 Washington Nationals 1790 1939 0.48
Miami Marlins 962 893 0.519 Colorado Rockies 1763 1970 0.472
Cincinnati Reds 950 913 0.51 Miami Marlins 1760 1966 0.472
Pittsburgh Pirates 941 917 0.506 Pittsburgh Pirates 1691 2034 0.454
Arizona Diamondbacks 862 770 0.528 Arizona Diamondbacks 1611 1650 0.494
Milwaukee Brewers 834 802 0.51 Milwaukee Brewers 1542 1719 0.473

Kyle Freeland isn't intimidated by altitude. Heck, he was born in Denver just 39 days after the Rockies played their first game. A graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School, he grew up going to Rockies games, and when he broke in last year his confidence at 5,280 was evident. In the final game before the All-Star Break, in fact, he came with two outs of no-hitting the Chicago White Sox, the longest a Rockies pitcher has gone into a game at Coors Field with a no-hitter.

Since the opening week of August, however, even Freeland has lost his Coors Field touch. Like the rest of the team, he has reached a point where he needs to regain control at home.

Freeland at Coors Field

Date Opponent W L ERA GS IP H R ER HR BB SO
4/7/2017 LAD W 2-1 1 0 1.5 1 6 4 1 1 0 2 6
4/12/2017 SD L 6-0 0 1 5.91 1 4.2 8 6 6 1 3 2
4/23/2017 SF W 8-0 1 0 3.57 1 7 6 0 0 0 1 3
5/9/2017 ChC L 8-1 0 1 3.8 1 6 4 5 3 0 4 6
5/27/2017 StL L 3-0 0 1 3.94 1 6 8 3 3 1 2 4
6/7/2017 Cle W 8-1 1 0 3.5 1 6.1 6 1 1 1 0 5
6/17/2017 SF W 5-1 1 0 3.21 1 6 8 1 1 0 2 3
7/4/2017 Cin L 8-1 0 1 3.8 1 5.1 8 5 5 1 2 1
7/9/2017 CWS W 10-0 1 0 3.23 1 8.1 1 0 0 0 3 9
7/23/2017 Pit W 13-3 1 0 3.21 1 6 6 2 2 1 2 3
8/4/2017 Phi W 4-3 0 0 3.19 1 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 1
Thru 8/4/2017 6 5 3.19 11 62 64 24 22 5 21 43
8/15/2017 Atl L 4-3 0 0 3.31 1 6 4 3 3 1 2 5
8/20/2017 Mil L 8-4 0 1 3.3 1 5.2 4 3 2 1 5 7
9/1/2017 Ari L 9-5 0 1 3.48 1 4 5 3 3 0 3 4
9/6/2017 SF L 11-3 0 1 3.67 1 3.1 7 5 3 0 2 4
9/16/2017 SD W 16-0 0 0 3.58 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 3
9/25/2017 Mia L 5-4 0 0 3.66 0 0.2 2 1 1 0 0 0
9/27/2017 Mia W 15-9 0 0 3.64 0 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 0
10/1/2017 LAD L 6-3 0 1 3.72 1 3 5 2 2 0 1 0
4/8/2018 Atl L 4-0 0 1 3.77 1 6 7 3 3 2 2 5
8/5/2017-4/23/2018 0 5 4.94 6 31 36 20 17 4 16 28
W L ERA GS INN H R ER HR BB SO
Career 6 9 3.77 17 93 96 44 39 9 37 71

It's not just Freeland who has had Coors Field problems since last August. The team has had problems winning at Coors Field since Aug. 6 last season. In claiming a wild-card spot last year the Rockies did go 46-35 at home, but that was only the 10th best home record in franchise history. The Rockies have had a losing record at home in only six of the first 23 years of Coors Field.

The Rockies at Coors Field Since Aug. 6, 2017

Record G SV SVO ERA INN H R ER HR BB SO AVG
2017* 11 - 15 26 2 4 4.38 234 233 121 114 29 79 211 0.26
2018 3 - 7 10 2 4 6.73 91 109 70 68 15 35 84 0.296
Total 14 - 22 36 4 8 5.04 325 342 191 182 44 114 295 0.271
After Aug. 6, 2017

.The rotation is only 8-16 since Aug. 6 last season. Tyler Anderson (3-0) is the only pitcher to start a game in that stretch and have a winning record. Freeland is 0-5 in his six starts since then.

Starters at Coors Field Since Aug. 6, 2017

Player W L GS IP H R ER BB SO
Chad Bettis 1 1 7 42 39 17 17 8 27
German Marquez 1 3 7 35 42 27 27 10 38
Kyle Freeland 0 5 6 28 32 19 16 15 25
Jon Gray 2 3 6 32 36 22 21 10 31
Tyler Anderson 3 0 4 25 19 4 4 6 22
Tyler Chatwood 1 2 3 21 23 9 9 9 20
Jeff Hoffman 0 1 2 16 21 15 15 8 14
Antonio Senzatela 0 1 1 13.2 20 8 8 7 9
Totals 8 16 36 212.2 232 121 117 73 186
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