Thursday 4x4: Forsythe Did What?

Logan Forsythe had the key hit for the Dodgers in their 3-0 victory against the Rockies on Wednesday night. He delivered a double on a 2-2 pitch from lefty Kyle Freeland, driving in a run. Why such a big deal? Well, Forsythe is not hitting .100 against left handers this season, the sixth lowest batting average against left-handed pitchers for an NL hitter with 20 or more at-bats.

Left Out

Player Team AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP
Dexter Fowler StL 31 1 0 0 0 2 5 13 0.032 0.184
Moises Sierra Was 26 2 0 0 0 1 1 11 0.077 0.138
Jackie Bradley Jr. Bos 36 3 0 0 0 1 1 14 0.083 0.154
Abraham Almonte KC 23 2 0 0 1 1 4 5 0.087 0.222
Domingo Santana Mil 41 4 1 0 0 3 5 15 0.098 0.191
Logan Forsythe LAD 20 2 1 0 0 1 3 3 0.1 0.217
Orlando Arcia Mil 29 3 1 0 0 3 1 5 0.103 0.133
Aledmys Diaz Tor 29 3 0 0 0 0 2 7 0.103 0.188
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Tor 26 3 0 0 0 0 1 6 0.115 0.148
Carlos Asuaje SD 33 4 1 0 0 0 4 3 0.121 0.216

Source: Stats, Inc.

The Rockies struck out 15 times on Wednesday night against the Dodgers, the 23rd time in 50 games this season they have struck out 10 or more times. It was the seventh time they struck out 12 or more times in a game this year, and the sixth time in those seven games that they suffered a loss.

Swinging and Missing (Hits and Wins)

Date Opp SO Result
5/13/2018 Mil 15 Lost, 3-7
5/23/2018 at LAD 15 Lost, 0-3
4/14/2018 at Was 14 Lost, 2-6
4/29/2018 at Mia 14 Lost, 0-3
5/9/2018 LAA 14 Lost, 0-8
5/15/2018 SD 13 Won, 4-0
3/29/2018 at Ari 12 Lost, 2-8

Source: Stats, Inc.

The Rockies are coming off a 4-5 road trip, their first losing road trip of the season. the offense wen in a funk. Remember the scene of Nolan Arenado breaking his bat in disgust after a strikeout? Well, he was the only position player who hit .300-or-better, but he also had only one extra-base hit -- a double -- and only four RBI in 36 at-bats. What kind of a trip was it? Ian Desmond hit .233, which ranked fourth on the team. 

Road Woes

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG
Nolan Arenado 9 36 3 12 1 0 0 4 5 8 0.333 0.415 0.361
Gerardo Parra 9 31 3 9 1 0 2 4 0 7 0.29 0.29 0.516
Trevor Story 9 38 4 10 2 0 0 3 2 8 0.263 0.3 0.316
Ian Desmond 9 30 7 7 1 0 2 6 4 7 0.233 0.324 0.467
Noel Cuevas 9 18 1 4 0 0 1 3 1 2 0.222 0.263 0.389
Pat Valaika 8 14 0 3 1 0 0 0 1 6 0.214 0.267 0.286
Charlie Blackmon 9 33 6 7 0 0 1 2 6 6 0.212 0.333 0.303
Carlos Gonzalez 6 18 0 3 0 0 0 3 1 5 0.167 0.211 0.167
Daniel Castro 7 21 2 3 1 0 1 3 1 5 0.143 0.182 0.333
Chris Iannetta 6 18 2 2 1 0 0 0 4 6 0.111 0.273 0.167
David Dahl 8 22 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.091 0.091 0.091
Tony Wolters 4 14 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 0.071 0.133 0.071

Source: Stats, Inc.

Good News: The Rockies did move into first-place in the NL West on Monday night. It's the first time this season they have been on top.

Bad News: The Dodgers are starting to make a move. During the Rockies 4-5 road trip, the Dodgers had the second best record in the NL (6-3), showing life for the first time this season.

On Top, Looking Back

Team W L Pct
Milwaukee Brewers 7 2 0.778
Los Angeles Dodgers 6 3 0.667
New York Mets 5 3 0.625
Philadelphia Phillies 5 3 0.625
Atlanta Braves 5 4 0.556
Miami Marlins 5 4 0.556
San Diego Padres 5 4 0.556
Pittsburgh Pirates 4 4 0.5
Chicago Cubs 4 5 0.444
Colorado Rockies 4 5 0.444
San Francisco Giants 4 5 0.444
St. Louis Cardinals 4 5 0.444
Cincinnati Reds 3 6 0.333
Washington Nationals 2 4 0.333
Arizona Diamondbacks 1 8 0.111