Rockies Unarmed (of late) But Dangerous

The Rockies went into Thursday's series finale at Philadelphia having won only three of 12 games in the last two weeks. They have fallen from first to third in the NL West standings. And in the midst of the 12-game slide they have lost seven in a row at Coors Field.

Hidden among the disappointments, however, is a promising sign.

An offense that was doormant for two months is alive and well, waiting for the pitching staff that was a key to the Rockies decent beginning to the season to regroup. In the last two weeks, the Rockies lead the NL with a .284 batting average, rank third in runs scored, and fourth in both on-base and slugging percentages.

Life with the Lumber

Team G R RBI BB AVG OBP SLG
Colorado Rockies 12 68 66 31 0.284 0.338 0.438
Cincinnati Reds 12 63 60 54 0.28 0.364 0.425
Los Angeles Dodgers 13 96 88 55 0.278 0.354 0.566
Arizona Diamondbacks 13 90 82 53 0.278 0.359 0.509
San Francisco Giants 13 62 58 36 0.273 0.336 0.44
San Diego Padres 14 60 58 45 0.254 0.321 0.4
St. Louis Cardinals 14 56 54 32 0.253 0.305 0.394
Milwaukee Brewers 12 49 48 35 0.249 0.316 0.412
Atlanta Braves 13 55 54 28 0.243 0.295 0.419
Chicago Cubs 14 47 46 51 0.242 0.314 0.329
Pittsburgh Pirates 14 60 59 47 0.24 0.32 0.38
Miami Marlins 14 52 47 46 0.235 0.308 0.371
Washington Nationals 12 43 40 30 0.207 0.27 0.315
Philadelphia Phillies 13 37 37 41 0.191 0.269 0.297
New York Mets 12 19 19 40 0.148 0.235 0.252

As a team, the Rockies have increased their offensive effort across the board in the last two weeks, averaging more than an extra run per game, hitting 46 points higher and with a slugging percentage that is up 36 points.

Offensive Breakdown

Team G R RBI BB AVG OBP SLG
Since May 30 12 68 66 31 0.284 0.338 0.438
Before May 30 55 231 221 185 0.238 0.311 0.402
Season 67 299 287 216 0.247 0.316 0.409

And it has been a team effort to recharge the offense. Ian Desmond, who went into Thursday's game tied with Nolan Arenado for third on the team in home runs, has shown strides along with most of the other Rockies hitters. In fact, other than Nolan Aenado, every Rockies regular has improved his average since May 30.

In the Swing of Things

Since May 30 Before May 30
Player AVG OBP SLG AVG OBP SLG
Tom Murphy 0.5 0.5 0.625 DNP
Trevor Story 0.396 0.434 0.708 0.24 0.323 0.485
Gerardo Parra 0.341 0.372 0.366 0.278 0.278 0.386
Charlie Blackmon 0.339 0.362 0.5 0.273 0.368 0.51
Carlos Gonzalez 0.308 0.357 0.513 0.256 0.301 0.416
DJ LeMahieu 0.288 0.291 0.404 0.279 0.35 0.457
Chris Iannetta 0.263 0.391 0.526 0.231 0.329 0.388
Nolan Arenado 0.245 0.333 0.388 0.321 0.417 0.571
Ian Desmond 0.237 0.37 0.474 0.189 0.243 0.384
Noel Cuevas 0.235 0.235 0.294 0.3 0.417 0.383
Ryan McMahon 0.158 0.15 0.316 0.209 0.312 0.254
Tony Wolters 0.158 0.273 0.211 0.162 0.292 0.243

The pitching staff is a different story. The arms may have kept the Rockies afloat early, but not lately. The bullpen, in particular, has been a problem in the last two weeks. With the return of Adam Ottavino to the active roster for Thursday's game in Philadelphia, the Rockies are hoping they bring some stability back to the late innings.

Unarmed and Dangerous

Team W L Saves ERA
Since May 30 3 9 2-6 6.93
Before May 30 30 25 19-28 4.35
Season 33 34 21-34 4.83
Rotation W L Saves ERA
Since May 30 3 3 DNA 6.17
Before May 30 21 18 DNA 4.26
Season 24 21 DNA 4.6
Bullpen W L Saves ERA
Since May 30 0 6 2-6 8.06
Before May 30 9 7 19-28 4.51
Season 9 13 21-34 5.21

The rotation has had its problems, but the real concern is the bullpen that sorely missed Ottavino in the last two weeks. Ottavino's last appearance was May 27, before the fast fade began. And what did he mean to the team? Well, he was 3-0 with a 0.95 ERA, and he simply overpowered hitters, giving Ottavino and the Rockies that mental edge in the late innings. Consider that he had 45 strikeouts among the 75 outs that he registerED.

Is There relief in Sight? 

Since May 30 Before May 30
Player W L IP ERA W L IP ERA
Tyler Anderson 1 0 19 3.79 3 1 55.1 4.72
Jon Gray 1 1 14.1 6.91 5 6 61.2 5.4
Kyle Freeland 1 1 12.2 4.97 5 5 65.2 3.43
German Marquez 0 1 10 8.1 4 5 57.2 4.21
Chad Bettis 0 0 9.2 9.31 4 1 66 3.68
Harrison Musgrave 0 1 9 5 0 0 9 1
Chris Rusin 0 1 7.2 8.22 0 1 21 7.29
Scott Oberg 0 0 6 0 1 0 11.2 6.17
Bryan Shaw 0 2 5.2 12.71 2 3 27.1 5.93
Jake McGee 0 0 5 1.8 1 2 19 5.21
Wade Davis 0 1 3.1 10.8 0 0 23 2.35
Jeff Hoffman 0 0 2.2 3.38 DNA
Brooks Pounders 0 1 2.1 19.29 0 0 10.1 4.35
Mike Dunn 0 0 1.1 40.5 0 0 14.2 6.14
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