Step in Right Direction: Can Rockies Avoid Another Detour

Since the opening of Coors, the Rockies have been known for a home-field domination, compiling the fifth-best home-field record in the NL from 1995-2017, and the biggest home-field differential in winning percentage than any other team in baseball.

This year, however, it's been a challenge. Even with wins in the last three home games against the Mets, the Rockies open a weekend series with the Marlins with the fourth worst home-field record in the NL.

Home-Field Disadvantage

2018 1995-2017
Team W L Pct Team W L Pct
Phillies 24 13 0.649 Cardinals 1094 760 0.59
Giants 22 12 0.647 Braves 1088 765 0.587
Braves 21 13 0.618 Dodgers 1066 788 0.575
Brewers 22 14 0.611 Giants 1047 810 0.564
Cubs 21 14 0.6 Rockies 1018 837 0.549
D-Backs 23 16 0.59 Mets 985 868 0.532
Pirates 21 18 0.538 D-Backs 853 767 0.527
Cardinals 21 18 0.538 Nationals 972 879 0.525
Dodgers 20 19 0.513 Cubs 972 883 0.524
Nationals 18 18 0.5 Padres 967 887 0.522
Padres 18 23 0.439 Phillies 967 889 0.521
Rockies 14 20 0.412 Marlins 959 884 0.52
Marlins 14 21 0.4 Reds 948 906 0.511
Mets 13 21 0.382 Brewers 826 796 0.509
Reds 14 23 0.378 Pirates 936 913 0.506

The Rockies did, however, show a definite old-time, home-field comfort at Coors Field in winning the last three games in the four-game series with the Mets. What makes it stand out is those three wins equal the Rockies longest home-field winning streak of the season. 

It's the first time they took three games from one team.

Comfort at Coors

April 24-May 8 Vs. Score Winner Save
April 24 SD 8-0 K.Freeland Story grand slam 2nd
April 25 SD 5-2 J.Gray Dahl 2-run triple 3rd
May 8 LAA 2-Apr J.Gray W.Davis Story triple, double 2 RBI
May 27-May 29
May 27 Cin 8-2 G.Marquez 2 run HRs Arenado, CarGo, Desmond
May 28 SF 6-5 B.Shaw Story 3-run HR 1st
May 29 SF 11-4 K.Freeland 2 RBI Arenado, Iannetta, Dahl
June 19-21
Tuesday NYM 10-8 G.Marquez Arenado, Story, Desmond HR in 3rd
Wednesday NYM 10-8 B.Shaw W.Davis McMahon 3-run PH HR 5th
Thursday NYM 6-4 K.Freeland J.McGee Arenado 3-run HR 1st; 2-run double 2nd

The last two times the Rockies won three in a row at home, Nolan Arenado has been a key factor. What's particularly significant this time is that Arenado was retired in his first at-bat a week ago Friday night at Texas, extending the longest hitless stretch of his career to 19 at-bats. Since that at-bat, however, he has heated up, and was 7-for 13 with nine RBI in the three wins against the Mets. 

Fired Up

Date Opponent AB R H 2B HR RBI BB SO
Friday @Tex W 9-5 4 3 3 2 1 3 1 1
Saturday @Tex L 5-2 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Sunday @Tex L 13-12 5 1 2 1 0 1 0 1
Monday NYM L 12-2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Tuesday NYM W 10-8 5 2 3 1 1 3 0 1
Wednesday NYM W 10-8 4 2 2 0 1 1 1 0
Thursday NYM W 6-4 4 1 2 1 1 5 0 1
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB SO
.414 Avg; 1.000 Slugging 29 9 12 5 4 14 2 5

A challenge for the Rockies will be for the rotation to handle the Marlins lineup. It's not just that Jon Gray, who starts in Friday's opener, is 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA in his career against the Marlins, and Chad Bettis, who is scheduled to start Sunday, has neither a victory not a quality start in seven starts at Coors Field this year. Kyle Freeland, who started and won Thursday, is the only Rockies starter with a winning record at home this year. He also has a 2.95 ERA at Coors Field. Only once has a pitcher with at least five starts had a lower season ERA at Coors Field -- Jorge De La Rosa, who was 10-1 with a 2.76 ERA at Coors Field in 2013.

Starter Home ERA QS Team W-L
Freeland 4-2 2.95 4 of 6 4-2
Anderson 1-2 5.13 3 of 6 1-5
Gray 3-3 6.45 2 of 7 3-4
Marquez 2-4 7.45 1 of 8 3-5
Bettis 0-0 8.75 0 of 7 3-4
10-11 6.29 10 of 35 14-21

The bullpen, which has been a major disappointment, has been solid in the three wins. The Rockies can only hope it is the first step in a rebound from a group of receivers the Rockies envisioned being an elite bullpen. They even got a lift from Yency Almonte, who was called up on Thursday because of a need for a rested arm, and in his big-league debut took over with no outs in the eighth, runners on first and third and a 6-3 lead. He gave up a sacrifice fly, and then induced an inning-ending double play. 

Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz, Oh What a Relief It Is

 

Player W-L SvOP App IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Yency Almonte 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jeff Hoffman 0 0 1 2/3 2 0 0 0 0 0
Harrison Musgrave 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 0 0
Adam Ottavino 0 0 2 2 1/3 1 0 0 0 4 0
Wade Davis 0 1-1 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 4.5
Jake McGee 0 1-1 2 2 2 1 1 0 2 4.5
Chris Rusin 0 0 3 2/3 3 1 1 2 2 13.5
Bryan Shaw 1-0 0 2 2/3 2 2 1 1 1 13.5
1-0 1-1 14 10 1/3 13 6 4 6 10 3.48
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