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

Runs Scored R Runs Allowed R Team Differential
Rockies 197 Reds 214 Nationals 53
Braves 183 Marlins 210 Cardinals 42
Pirates 183 Giants 205 Cubs 36
Giants 182 Padres 202 Braves 31
Cubs 177 Rockies 200 Dodgers 25
Brewers 176 Pirates 176 Phillies 25
Nationals 176 Brewers 170 D-backs 15
Reds 175 Mets 162 Pirates 7
Phillies 175 Braves 152 Brewers 6
Dodgers 174 Phillies 150 Rockies -3
Cardinals 168 Dodgers 149 Giants -23
D-backs 162 D-backs 147 Mets -24
Padres 154 Cubs 141 Reds -39
Mets 138 Cardinals 126 Padres -48
Marlins 133 Nationals 123 Marlins -77

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

Team R Team R Team Diff
Cubs 114 Marlins 97 Cubs 55
Braves 106 Mets 97 Braves 29
Mets 92 Reds 96 Brewers 28
Dodgers 89 Cardinals 92 Dodgers 9
Pirates 88 Pirates 81 D-Backs 8
Padres 78 Dodgers 80 Pirates 7
Brewers 77 Braves 77 Phillies 6
Cardinals 72 Nationals 77 Padres 4
Nationals 72 Rockies 75 Mets -5
Reds 67 Padres 74 Nationals -5
Phillies 63 Giants 74 Cardinals -20
D-Backs 62 Cubs 59 Giants -20
Marlins 62 Phillies 57 Rockies -25
Giants 54 D-Backs 54 Reds -29
Rockies 50 Brewers 49 Marlins -37

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

Player 1st-6th 7th on Change
DJ LeMahieu 0.343 0.175 -168
Nolan Arenado 0.336 0.302 -34
Noel Cuevas 0.333 0.267 -66
Charlie Blackmon 0.309 0.224 -85
Gerardo Parra 0.302 0.189 -113
David Dahl 0.288 0.25 -38
Trevor Story 0.275 0.192 -83
Carlos Gonzalez 0.242 0.277 33
Chris Iannetta 0.222 0.25 3
Ryan McMahon 0.22 0.241 19
Ian Desmond 0.213 0.141 -72
Daniel Castro 0.212 0.077 -135
Tony Wolters 0.179 0.115 -64
Mike Tauchman 0.091 0 -91
Pat Valaika 0.071 0.182 111