Rockies Bats Silenced Late in Game
The Rockies are having their problems in the late innings of game.
Yes, the bullpen has stumbled more often than the Rockies envisioned when they focused on beefing up the late-inning arms in the off-season, retaining free agent left-hander Jake McGee, and signing free agent right-hander Bryan Shaw to share the eighth-inning load with McGee, and closer Wade Davis.
But it's a team game. And the Rockies struggles have been a team factor.
The Rockies are the top scoring team in the National League -- early. They have scored 197 runs in the first six innings of a game -- 14 more than the Braves and Pirates, who went into Sunday tied for second. They, however, have allowed 200 runs in the first six innings, which leaves them with the 10th best differential in the NL between runs scored and runs allowed.
IN THE FIRST SIX INNINGS
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The real problems, however, come in the later innings. They have scored 50 runs from the seventh inning on, the fewest in the NL. What's more they have allowed 75 runs from the seventh inning on. That's ninth in the NL, but the differential of allowing 25 more runs than they have scored from the seventh inning on is the worst of every NL team except the Reds and Marlins.
FROM THE SEVENTH INNING ON
From an individual standpoint, 11 of the 15 position players the Rockies have used this season have had a drop in their average from the seventh inning on. And the key run producers have been the biggest victims. DJ LeMahieu (-168), Charlie Blackmon (-85), Nolan Arenado (-34), Gerardo Parra (-113) and Trevor Story (-83) have been the primary top four in the lineup, with Parra and Story sharing clean-up duty.
Late Inning Outage