Saturday 4x4: Rockies Rotation Underscores New Wave Menality

The Rockies rotation has worked 138 innings this season. That's an average of just more than five innings a game. It's part of the changing of the game. Consider that the 138 innings worked by Rockies pitchers ranks seventh in the National League, ahead of the likes of the Dodgers, Mets, and Cubs.

For Starters

Team W L Pct IP
Washington Nationals 10 9 0.526 155.1
Pittsburgh Pirates 11 6 0.647 146.2
St. Louis Cardinals 12 5 0.706 144.2
Arizona Diamondbacks 13 3 0.813 143
Milwaukee Brewers 9 7 0.563 142.1
Philadelphia Phillies 8 6 0.571 140.2
Colorado Rockies 8 9 0.471 138
San Diego Padres 6 12 0.333 135
San Francisco Giants 6 10 0.375 135
Los Angeles Dodgers 7 8 0.467 134.2
New York Mets 7 5 0.583 133.2
Atlanta Braves 8 3 0.727 133.1
Cincinnati Reds 3 13 0.188 131.2
Miami Marlins 3 11 0.214 125
Chicago Cubs 7 8 0.467 123.1

Antonio Senzatela isn't a starter right now. He's a reliever, but he did provide the only run in the Rockies 1-0 victory at Miami on Friday night. That's not a total surprise. He did drive in five runs a year ago, which ranks among the top 25 totals in franchise history for a pitcher, and he had the third fewest at-bats for a pitcher in franchise history with five or more RBI.

Player Season AB RBI
Roger Bailey 1996 19 5
Alex White 2012 28 5
Antonio Senzatela 2017 32 5
Jorge De La Rosa 2016 38 6
Tyler Chatwood 2013 40 7
Jorge De La Rosa 2008 40 6
Brooks Kieschnick 2001 42 9
Aaron Cook 2009 44 6
German Marquez 2017 45 5
Shawn Chacon 2003 46 5

Senzatela had the only hit by a Rockies player in seven at-bats with a runner in scoring position Friday night. The Rockies, though, have found a way to win without a lot of run-producing hits. In seven of their 15 victories the Rockies have one or no hits with a runner in scoring position.

Date Opp AB H RBI BB IBB
3/31/2018 Ari 3 0 0 0 0
4/12/2018 Was 11 0 0 0 0
4/13/2018 Was 3 0 1 0 0
4/5/2018 SD 9 1 3 2 1
4/16/2018 Pit 7 1 4 0 0
4/27/2018 Mia 7 1 1 4 3
4/17/2018 Pit 6 1 2 0 0
4/7/2018 Atl 8 2 2 3 1
4/2/2018 SD 9 3 3 2 0
4/25/2018 SD 6 2 5 0 0
4/21/2018 ChC 11 4 5 2 0
4/4/2018 SD 8 3 5 1 1
4/11/2018 SD 7 3 5 1 0
4/24/2018 SD 5 3 7 2 0
4/15/2018 Was 3 2 3 0 0

With a win on Saturday or Sunday, the Rockies will win the series in Miami. Big deal? Real big. Marlins Stadium opened in 2012, and the Rockies have lost the season series in every year prior to 2018, except 2013 when they were 2-1. And it's not like they had many chances to win in those visits. Their bullpen blew only one save out of six opportunities the last six years.

Season W L Pct Sv SvOP
2018 1 0 1 1 1
2013 2 1 0.667 2 2
2012 1 2 0.333 0 0
2016 1 3 0.25 1 1
2015 1 3 0.25 1 1
2014 1 3 0.25 1 2
2017 0 3 0 0 0
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