Great 8: Rockies Strong-Arming The Opposition

Don’t look now.

The Rockies are being kept afloat by . . . that’s right, the pitching staff.

The Rockies are 5-3 in the last eight games, during which time they have held on to second place in the NL West, five games back of the division-leading Diamondbacks.

Now, the offense did flex its muscles in an 11-2 victory against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, but don’t be deceived. The Rockies scored only 13 runs total in the seven previous games.

The pitching staff, however, has put together the second best eight-game stretch in franchise history, compiling a 1.70 ERA.

Lowest ERA 8-Game Stretch Rockies History

Start End W L ERA
7/28/2006 8/5/2006 6 2 1.34
4/24/2018 5/2/2018 5 3 1.7
7/23/2016 7/30/2016 7 1 1.74
6/24/1995 7/2/1995 4 4 1.78
7/12/2013 7/23/2013 4 4 2.03
6/22/1995 6/30/1995 4 4 2.04
8/20/2012 8/27/2012 6 2 2.06
4/25/2002 5/3/2002 6 2 2.06
5/23/2015 5/31/2015 7 1 2.14
6/3/2017 6/11/2017 7 1 2.15

Source: Baseball-reference.com

The Rockies did allow four runs in Saturday's loss at Miami, but only two of those runs were earned. They have not allowed more than three earned runs in any of the eight games, including three played at Wrigley field with the wind blowing out. And they have chalked up two shutouts, including against the Padres at Coors Field in Game 1 of the eight-game run.

Game by Game in the 8-Game Streak

Date Opp W L Sv ShO IP H R ER HR BB SO
4/24/2018 SD 1 0 0 1 9 4 0 0 0 2 12
4/25/2018 SD 1 0 0 0 9 4 2 2 0 4 16
4/27/2018 Mia 1 0 1 1 9 6 0 0 0 2 9
4/28/2018 Mia 0 1 0 0 8 8 4 2 1 3 7
4/29/2018 Mia 0 1 0 0 8 5 3 3 1 3 6
4/30/2018 ChC 0 1 0 0 8 6 3 3 0 2 7
5/1/2018 ChC 1 0 1 0 9 3 1 1 1 2 9
5/2/2018 ChC 1 0 0 0 9 4 2 2 2 2 10

And it has been a staff effort. Of the 13 pitchers who have appeared in a game during the stretch, only two have an ERA above 3.00, and they are both relievers, who have had a limited opportunity to pitch. Five relievers are unscored upon, and all five starters have an ERA below 2.60, led by Jon Gray, who is 2-0 with an 0.69 ERA.

Pitcher by Pitcher In the Last 8 Games

Player W L G GS IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Jake McGee 0 0 2 0 1.2 1 0 0 1 2 0
Harrison Musgrave 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0
Adam Ottavino 0 0 4 0 4.1 2 0 0 2 7 0
Brooks Pounders 0 0 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 0
Antonio Senzatela 1 0 1 0 3.2 1 0 0 1 4 0
Jon Gray 2 0 2 2 13 6 1 1 2 17 0.69
German Marquez 0 1 1 1 6 6 3 1 3 6 1.5
Kyle Freeland 1 1 2 2 14 9 3 3 3 13 1.93
Tyler Anderson 1 0 2 2 8.1 4 2 2 2 10 2.16
Chad Bettis 0 1 1 1 7 4 2 2 1 5 2.57
Wade Davis 0 0 3 0 3 2 1 1 2 6 3
Bryan Shaw 0 0 4 0 4 1 2 2 4 5 4.5
Mike Dunn 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 9

Here's the biggest statement. The Rockies, yes, the Rockies, have the lowest ERA in the NL during their eight-game stretch, and the lowest bating average allowed (.167).

Lowest Team ERA April 24-May 2

Team W L ERA AVG
Colorado Rockies 5 3 1.7 0.167
Chicago Cubs 6 3 2.03 0.194
Miami Marlins 6 2 2.47 0.214
Milwaukee Brewers 5 4 2.69 0.22
Washington Nationals 5 3 3 0.227
Atlanta Braves 6 2 3.21 0.227
Arizona Diamondbacks 6 3 3.26 0.237
St. Louis Cardinals 4 4 3.4 0.227
Pittsburgh Pirates 5 4 4.28 0.263
New York Mets 3 5 4.6 0.281
Philadelphia Phillies 3 6 4.93 0.263
Cincinnati Reds 3 6 4.99 0.29
Los Angeles Dodgers 2 7 5.33 0.271
San Francisco Giants 6 3 5.33 0.278
San Diego Padres 2 6 6.42 0.291

For the season, the Rockies ERA is 4.32, which would rank as the third lowest ERA in the Rockies history if it was for a full season.

Rockies Lowest Seasonal ERA

Season W L Pct ERA AVG
2010 83 79 0.512 4.14 0.257
2009 92 70 0.568 4.22 0.261
2018 17 15 0.531 4.32 0.237
2007 90 73 0.552 4.32 0.266
2011 73 89 0.451 4.43 0.265
2013 74 88 0.457 4.44 0.277
2017 87 75 0.537 4.51 0.264
2006 76 86 0.469 4.66 0.277
2008 74 88 0.457 4.77 0.276
2014 66 96 0.407 4.84 0.276
2016 75 87 0.463 4.91 0.274