Thursday 4x4: Counsell Brings a Rockies History to Town

Craig Counsell, an original Rockies draft choice traded to the Marlins in July of 1995, comes to Coors Field as the manager of the Brewers for a four-game weekend series. He is one of five former Rockies who have become a big-league manager.  Scott Servais of the Mariners is the only other current manager who played for the Rockies.

Filling Out Lineup Cards

Former Rockie Managed Seasons Won-Lost Post-season
Joe Girardi Marlins 2006 78-84 .481
Yankees 2008-17 988-794 .554 6 appearances,
2009 World Championship
Scott Servais Mariners 2016-present 184-175 .513
Craig Counsel Brewers 2015-present 241-257 .484
Brad Ausmus Tiges 2014-17 314-332 .486 1 appearance
Walt Weiss Rockies 2013-16 283-365 .437

Ryan Braun is the face of the Brewers franchise. He, however, has seen his offensive production decline in recent years. He has appeared in only 33 games so far this season, but his batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS are all lower than he has compiled in any previous season in his career.

Brewers Braun Battling to Survive

Year G AB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2007 113 451 .324 .370 .634 1.004
2008 151 611 .285 .335 .553 .888
2009 158 635 .320 .386 .551 .937
2010 157 619 .304 .365 .501 .866
2011 150 563 .332 .397 .597 .994
2012 154 598 .319 .391 .595 .987
2013 61 225 .298 .372 .498 .869
2014 135 530 .266 .324 .453 .777
2015 140 506 .285 .356 .498 .854
2016 135 511 .305 .365 .538 .903
2017 104 380 .268 .336 .487 .823
2018 33 111 .243 .283 .450 .73

If misery really does love company, the Rockies should welcome the Brewers to Coors Field for a four-game series this weekend. The Brewers have been shutout an MLB-leading seven times this season -- four more times than the Rockies.

Zero, Zilch, Nothing -- Times Shutout 2018

Team Shutout Team Shutout
Brewers 7 Angels 2
Reds 5 A's 2
Tigers 5 Mariners 2
Padres 5 Cardinals 2
Marlins 5 Rays 2
White Sox 4 Blue Jays 2
Dodgers 4 Pirates 2
Giants 4 D-backs 1
Rockies 3 Braves 1
Orioles 3 Red Sox 1
Cubs 3 Indians 1
Astros 3 Royals 1
Mets 3 Twins 1
Phillies 1
Source: Stats, Inc. Nationals 1
Rangers 0
Yankees 0

The Rockies already have been shutout twice at Coors Field, and they have played only 14 of 81 scheduled games at home. They have been shutout more than twice in a home game -- including the 1993 and 1994 seasons at Mile High Stadium -- only six times in their first 25 years of existence.

Shutout Seasons
Zero 2016, 2009, 2002, 2001, 2000
1 2015, 2013, 2008, 2004, 2003, 1999, 1998, 1996, 1995
2 2018, 2014, 2010, 2007, 2005, 1994-x
3 2017, 2011, 1993-x
4 2012, 1997
5 2006
x-Denotes played at Mile High Stadium