4x4: Nolan is Rollin' Since Return to Rockies Lineup

Maybe it is just a coincidence, but nobody is complaining about the way Nolan Arenado has been swinging a bat since serving a five-game suspension for his part in a bench-clearing involving the Padres. After hitting .288 with one home run in his first 15 games of the season, Arenado has hit .356 with six home runs and 13 RBI in 12 games since his return. He had the 13th multi-home run game of his career in Wednesday's victory against the Cubs. 

"Obviously it was a special day," he said. "Any day you hit two home runs is special. (Wednesday) felt like me. I bashed the ball to left field, left-center, the way I should on those pitches."

And he did bash them. His two-run home run off Yu Darvish was estimated at 440 feet to left center. His second home run, a three-run shot off Luke Farrell, cleared the left-field bleachers at Wrigley Field.

Player Team G AB HR RBI AVG OBP SLG
Nolan Arenado Col 12 45 6 13 0.356 0.442 0.8
Mitch Haniger Sea 12 45 6 12 0.356 0.423 0.911
A.J. Pollock Ari 11 43 6 11 0.372 0.438 0.86
Yonder Alonso Cle 13 47 5 12 0.234 0.275 0.574
Mookie Betts Bos 9 32 5 7 0.313 0.389 0.875
C.J. Cron TB 11 50 5 12 0.26 0.288 0.6
Edwin Encarnacion Cle 13 51 5 11 0.235 0.291 0.549
Didi Gregorius NYY 13 51 5 13 0.333 0.375 0.667
Gary Sanchez NYY 12 44 5 14 0.227 0.346 0.659
Mike Trout LAA 11 32 5 6 0.344 0.533 0.875

As a team, the Rockies lead the major leagues with 28 home runs on the road, a key part of why they have enjoyed a winning record on the road. 

"It shows we can drive the ball anywhere," said Arenado. "It shows we can play on the road. Now we need to go home and take care of business. We haven't done that this year."

It's not that the Rockies have hit only 13 home runs at Coors Field that is a concern. It's that the Rockies are 5-7 at home.

Team G AB HR AVG OBP SLG
Rockies 20 659 28 0.209 0.286 0.378
Cardinals 15 511 23 0.235 0.32 0.411
Braves 17 632 22 0.271 0.337 0.456
Diamondbacks 15 501 21 0.23 0.303 0.423
Pirates 16 557 20 0.235 0.293 0.399
Nationals 15 514 19 0.249 0.341 0.409
Brewers 18 629 18 0.238 0.298 0.372
Mets 15 534 17 0.227 0.313 0.371
Cubs 14 527 15 0.25 0.336 0.417
Padres 15 507 13 0.229 0.288 0.359
Giants 14 472 13 0.222 0.281 0.347
Dodgers 15 568 11 0.25 0.339 0.389
Marlins 12 396 10 0.207 0.282 0.313
Phillies 14 476 9 0.223 0.315 0.338
Reds 16 550 8 0.247 0.325 0.344

Tyler Anderson has answered questions in a hurry this year. First came concerns when he retired only seven batters and gave up seven runs in his 2018 debut at Arizona. Then came last Friday when he came out after 1 1/3 innings in Miami because of a struggle catching his breath. He bounced back, asking to work out of the bullpen the next day. Manager Bud Black, however, told him to relax and just get ready for his next start. That came Wednesday in Chicago, and he was ready. In fact, since that season-opening debacle in Arizona he is 2-0 in six starts and has a 2.03 ERA. He gave up seven earned runs in that season debut against the D-Backs, and has given up  seven earned runs, combined, in his six starts since.

Date Opponent W L ERA IP H R ER HR BB SO
3/30/2018 @Ari L 9-8 0 0 27 2.1 5 7 7 1 4 3
4/5/2018 @SD W 3-1 0 0 7.56 6 4 0 0 0 0 4
4/10/2018 SD L 5-2 0 0 5.65 6 7 2 2 1 2 8
4/15/2018 @Was W 6-5 0 0 4.74 4.2 2 3 1 1 6 6
4/21/2018 ChC W 5-2 1 0 4.32 6 6 2 2 0 2 6
4/27/2018 @Mia W 1-0 0 0 4.1 1.1 1 0 0 0 1 1
5/2/2018 @ChC W 11-2 1 0 3.78 7 3 2 2 2 1 9
Last 6 Games: 2 0 2.03 31 23 9 7 4 12 34

The Rockies knocked out Yu Darvish in the Wednesday victory. It's not unusual. Darvish has a higher career ERA against the Rockies than any other team in baseball. In three starts he has worked only 13 1/3 innings and given up 15 earned runs while walking nine batters and allowing 17 hits.

vs Team W L G IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA
vs.Col 0 3 3 13.1 17 16 15 4 9 18 10.13
vs.Mia 1 1 3 17 20 15 15 3 7 19 7.94
vs.Atl 0 1 1 4.2 9 4 4 1 4 4 7.71
vs.Bos 1 2 4 26.2 28 16 16 3 8 39 5.4
vs.CWS 1 1 4 25.1 29 15 14 6 10 28 4.97
vs.Oak 3 11 16 94.2 85 52 48 14 45 110 4.56
vs.Sea 5 4 12 74.2 68 38 37 3 34 81 4.46
vs.Bal 0 1 1 6.1 6 3 3 3 1 9 4.26
vs.ChC 0 1 1 4.1 2 2 2 0 4 9 4.15
vs.SD 2 1 4 24 22 11 11 3 6 28 4.13