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.
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|
|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.
|.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.
|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
|Adam Ottavino||0||0||2||2 1/3||1||0||0||0||4||0|