Rockies Battling A Home-Field Disadvantage

The Rockies showed up at Coors Field on Friday afternoon, just a half game back of the Diamondbacks in the NL West standings, looking to enjoy a weekend at home.

Well, they were home for the weekend, but there wasn't much to enjoy. 

The Diamondbacks continued their mastery of the Rockies, sweeping a three-game series, leaving the Rockies not only 3 1/2 games out of first place in the division, but a game behind the Giants and Dodgers, who are tied for second, and just two games ahead of the last-place Padres.

So much for the home-field advantage. But then it's been that kind of season for the Rockies, so far. The Rockies are 11-18 at Coors Field, which would be their worst home-field winning percentage ever. They have had a losing record at home in only eight of their previous 25 seasons.

Home Woes

Season W L Pct ERA
2018 11 18 0.379 6.07
2012 35 46 0.432 5.97
x-1994 25 32 0.439 5.74
2015 36 45 0.444 5.68
2004 38 43 0.469 6.27
2011 38 43 0.469 4.71
1999 39 42 0.481 7.11
x-1993 39 42 0.481 5.8
2005 40 41 0.494 5.18

x-Mile High Stadium

Swept in a three-game weekend series by the Diamondbacks after losing the final four games of their previous homestand -- the final game of a series to the Giants before being swept by the Dodgers -- the Rockies have lost seven in a row at Coors Field.

They have equaled the third longest home losing streak in franchise history. Not only have they allowed at least seven runs in each of the seven losses, but they now have allowed 10 or more hits in a record 12 consecutive home games.

Longest Home Losing Streaks in Rockies History

Dates L IP H R ER BB HR ERA Opp
y-July 24-Aug. 18, 1993 9 83 108 67 59 39 17 6.4 STL,ATL,SFG,PHI
x-May 30-June 9, 2018 7 63 82 69 62 31 17 8.86 SFG,LAD,ARI
April 23-May 10, 2016 7 66 83 55 53 32 12 7.23 LAD,PIT,ARI
July 17-Aug. 1, 2012 7 63 77 54 52 22 17 7.43 PIT,CIN,STL
April 25-May 18, 2015 6 52.1 67 38 38 32 6 6.54 SFG,ARI,LAD,PHI
May 21-June 6, 2014 6 54 77 48 45 20 11 7.5 SFG,ARI,LAD
June 8-14, 2012 6 54 77 54 50 23 15 8.33 LAA,OAK
Aug. 24-29, 2002 6 54 65 42 39 20 17 6.5 NYM,SFG
July 23-28, 1999 6 54 84 52 49 31 10 8.17 STL,HOU
April 7-12, 1998 6 54 86 72 68 33 10 11.33 STL,CIN
y-May 11-30, 1993 6 54 89 65 59 27 10 9.83 SFG,PHI
y-April 28-May 9,1993 6 54 73 58 49 38 12 8.17 STL,ATL
x-Still Actve
y-at Mile High Stadium

They have lost eight consecutive home games to the D-Backs, which equals the longest losing streak to a team at Coors Field, and is three games shy of the franchise record for consecutive losses to one team at home. The Rockies lost the first 11 home games in franchise history, at Mile High Stadium, to the Braves.

Streaking -- In Reverse

Team G Beginning-Ending
x-Braves 11 May 6, 1993-Aug. 9, 1994
y-Diamondbacks 8 June 21, 2017-June 10, 2018
Pirates 8 July 27, 2014-April 27, 2016
x-Giants 7 May 11-1993-June 24-1994
Braves 6 July 21, 2011-April 23, 2013
z-Pirates 6 June 4, 1994-Aug. 22, 1995
z-Giants 6 June 26, 1994-Sept. 29, 1995

x-at Mile High Stadium y-Still active x-at Mile High Stadium and Coors Field

The Diamondbacks pitchers have overpowered Rockies hitters during the eight consecutive losses, particularly Nolan Arenado (.154) and Ian Desmond (.115). And that's after Desmond came up with two hits on Sunday, his 12th multi-hit game of the season. Arenado, meanwhile, was held hitless on Saturday and Sunday, the third time he has been hitless in back-to-back games this season, but the first time it has happened in the same series. He also was hitless April 25 (Padres) and April 27 (Marlins), and March 31 (Diamondbacks) and April 2 (Padres).

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Alexi Amarista 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Nolan Arenado 8 26 2 4 1 0 0 2 3 5 0.154
Charlie Blackmon 8 27 4 9 1 0 2 4 5 6 0.333
Noel Cuevas 3 7 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 4 0.286
Ian Desmond 8 26 3 3 0 0 0 2 4 9 0.115
Carlos Gonzalez 5 17 2 4 3 0 0 2 3 8 0.235
Chris Iannetta 3 7 0 2 1 0 0 1 2 2 0.286
DJ LeMahieu 8 35 7 12 2 1 1 4 1 6 0.343
Jonathan Lucroy 2 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.111
Ryan McMahon 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0
Tom Murphy 3 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Gerardo Parra 5 19 1 6 1 0 0 0 0 3 0.316
Mark Reynolds 3 9 2 2 1 0 1 2 4 3 0.222
Trevor Story 8 30 3 8 2 0 3 9 0 9 0.267
Mike Tauchman 6 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.2
Raimel Tapia 2 6 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.333
Pat Valaika 4 9 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 3 0.111
Tony Wolters 4 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 2 0

German Marquez, who lost the opener of the weekend series, and Kyle Freeland, who lost on Sunday, have both lost twice in the Rockies eight-game losing streak against the Diamondbacks.

Player L G-GS IP H R ER HR BB SO
Tyler Anderson 0 1-0 1 1 0 0 0 1 3
Chad Bettis 0 1-1 4 5 5 5 3 2 6
x-Tyler Chatwood 0 1-1 2/3 1 0 0 0 0 1
Mike Dunn 0 3-0 1 2/3 5 6 6 1 3 2
Carlos Estevez 0 3-0 4 1/3 8 4 4 2 2 3
Kyle Freeland 2 2-2 10 9 7 7 1 7 12
Jon Gray 1 1-1 5 5 3 3 1 3 6
Jeff Hoffman 1 2-1 6 1/3 10 10 10 0 3 4
x-Greg Holland 0 1-0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Sam Howard 0 1-0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Jordan Lyles 0 0 2 1/3 6 3 3 0 0 1
German Marquez 2 2-2 10 12 9 9 5 1 13
Jake McGee 0 3-0 2 1/3 5 1 1 0 0 1
Pat Neshek 0 1-0 2/3 0 0 0 0 0 2
Harrison Musgrave 0 1-0 2 2 1 1 0 1 1
Scott Oberg 0 3-0 5 1 0 0 0 0 5
Adam Ottavino 0 1-0 2/3 0 3 3 0 3 1
Brooks Pounders 0 2-0 2 1/3 2 1 1 1 0 3
Zac Rosscup 0 2-0 2/3 0 0 0 0 0 2
Chris Rusin 0 3-0 4 2/3 5 4 3 0 4 5
Antonio Senzatela 1 1-1 5 8 9 9 2 3 3
Bryan Shaw 1 0 2/3 4 6 1 0 2 2
Jerry Vasto 0 0 2/3 3 3 3 0 1 1
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