Rockies Looking for a Jump Start at Coors Field
The Rockies have struggled at Coors Field so far this year. But then the Rockies haven't spent much time at Coors Field. That, however, is about to change.
The Rockies open a three-game series against the Reds at Coors Field on Friday night, kicking off their first nine-game homestand of the season, and a stretch that will see them play 12 of their next 15 games (and 19 of their next 28 games) at home.
Big deal? Real big.
The Rockies have played only 18 of their first 50 games at Coors Field, where they are 7-11. They have played fewer home games than they have wins (19) on the road. They have played fewer home games than any team in baseball, and lead the major leagues in road games with 32, four more than the Braves and Brewers.
They have played 14 more games on the road than at home. The second most-traveled team is Atlanta, which has played eight more games on the road than at home.
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|Atlanta Braves||28||18||10||Atlanta Braves||20||11||9||8|
|Milwaukee Brewers||28||18||10||Tampa Bay Rays||20||8||12||7|
|Boston Red Sox||27||19||8||Boston Red Sox||22||15||7||5|
|Detroit Tigers||27||9||18||Cleveland Indians||22||13||9||3|
|Oakland Athletics||27||14||13||Detroit Tigers||22||12||10||5|
|Tampa Bay Rays||27||14||13||Milwaukee Brewers||22||13||9||6|
|Baltimore Orioles||26||5||21||Oakland Athletics||22||11||11||5|
|San Francisco Giants||26||10||16||Seattle Mariners||22||12||10||4|
|Seattle Mariners||26||17||9||Baltimore Orioles||23||10||13||3|
|Cleveland Indians||25||11||14||Chicago Cubs||23||13||10||0|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||25||12||13||Minnesota Twins||23||11||12||1|
|Texas Rangers||25||11||14||Los Angeles Dodgers||24||10||14||1|
|Kansas City Royals||24||9||15||Pittsburgh Pirates||24||15||9||0|
|Miami Marlins||24||9||15||San Francisco Giants||24||14||10||2|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||24||12||12||Chicago White Sox||25||8||17||-4|
|Arizona Diamondbacks||23||11||12||Kansas City Royals||25||7||18||-1|
|Chicago Cubs||23||12||11||Miami Marlins||25||10||15||-1|
|Cincinnati Reds||23||9||14||New York Mets||25||12||13||-5|
|Houston Astros||23||16||7||New York Yankees||25||18||7||-3|
|Minnesota Twins||22||10||12||Philadelphia Phillies||25||18||7||-3|
|New York Yankees||22||13||8||Arizona Diamondbacks||26||14||12||-3|
|Philadelphia Phillies||22||10||12||St. Louis Cardinals||26||15||11||-5|
|San Diego Padres||22||10||12||Texas Rangers||26||9||17||-1|
|Washington Nationals||22||14||8||Cincinnati Reds||27||8||19||-4|
|Chicago White Sox||21||7||14||Houston Astros||27||16||11||-4|
|St. Louis Cardinals||21||11||10||Washington Nationals||27||12||14||-5|
|Toronto Blue Jays||21||11||10||Toronto Blue Jays||28||12||16||-7|
|Los Angeles Angels||20||15||5||Los Angeles Angels||29||12||17||-9|
|New York Mets||20||12||8||San Diego Padres||29||11||18||-7|
The salvation is they have at least won on the road (19-13), which has allowed them to return to Coors Field in first place in the NL West, a half game ahead of the Diamondbacks. That's impressive in light of the fact the Rockies have had a winning road record only twice in their 25-year existence, and both times they were 41-40.
The Rockies have had a road winning percentage better than .400 only 10 times in franchise history.
In their limited time at home, however, the Rockies have struggled. Their .389 winning percentage is lower than any of their 25 previous seasons. The Rockies, in fact, have had a losing home-field record only eight times in 25 years.
In compiling their convenience store home-field record (7-11), the Rockies have won only one of their six home series, taking two of three from the Padres April 23-25. They did, however, lose two of three of the Padres at Coors Field two weeks earlier (April 9-11). They also lost two of three to the Braves and Cubs, and three of four to the Brewers. They split two games with the Angels.
Coors Field has never been known as pitcher-friendly, but this year has been one of the least friendly of all. The Rockies have a 5.65 ERA at home so far. The Rockies have had a higher ERA at home only three times since the installation of the humidor in 2002. By contrast, their 3.63 ERA on the road is lower than the franchise record of 3.71 in 2012, the only time in the Rockies 25 full seasons they have had a road ERA lower than 4.00.
The Good (on the road), The Bad (at home)
Source: Stats, Inc.
The real problem, however, has been the inability of the Rockies lineup to take advantage of being at home. Only three players are hitting .300 at home. The Rockies, who have hit .300 or better at home in 15 of their 25 years of existence, currently have a home field batting average that would be the lowest in franchise history.
More Misses than Hits
Source: Stats, Inc.