Thursday 4x4: Reds Will Happily Bid CarGo Adieu
The Rockies conclude their season series with the Reds on Thursday afternoon. It is none too soon for the Reds. Not only have the Rockies won four of five from the Reds so far -- taking two of three at Coors Field the last weekend of May and the first two games of the current series -- but they continue to be haunted by Carlos Gonzalez.
Gonzalez has a career 1.060 OPS against the Reds, the seventh highest all-time. He is following in the foosteps of Rockies Dante Bichette, whose career OPS against the Reds was 1.121, third all-time, and Larry Walker, who had a career OPS of 1.043 against the Reds.
What's obvious on the list of the Top 10 is the modern game is much more offensive. Barry Bonds, the leader, began his career in 1986, the earliest of any of the top 10.
Cargo Has Company
Big day for Rockies left-hander Tyler Anderson. Counted on to be the No. 2 starter when the season opened, Anderson has one win in his last five starts, and the Rockies have lost the four other games. He is averaging less than six innings in those games, and has a 6.67 ERA, allowing 42 baserunners in 27 innings -- 32 hits, including six home runs, nine walks and a hit batter.
The Reds rallied for a 6-5 win when Anderson started against them at Coors Field on May 26. He earned a win against the Reds at Great America Ball Park a year ago, allowing two runs in six innings of an eventual 12-6 Rockies victory. Eugenio Suarez was his challenge in that game, singling in the second inning and hitting a home run in the fourth before striking out in the sixth. Suarez was 0-for-3 against Anderson earlier this year at Coors Field, lining out to center fielder Charlie Blackmon his first time up, but striking out and grounding into a double play the next two.
|Totals: ERA 6.67||1||1||27||32||21||20||11||9||16|
Wade Davis has short-term memory. It's why he can excel in as a closer.
There was once a theory floated by the analytics world that there was nothing different about pitching in the ninth inning than any other. Bill James even convinced the Red Sox to follow that approach, but after one year the Red Sox went back to a traditional closer. Why? Because it's not facing hitters that is the biggest challenge, it's the pressure of knowing the ninth-inning lead is being handed over and it's up to the closer to get the final outs. There's no net under this tight rope.
Davis had his problems on Sunday against the Dodgers. It wasn't a save situation, but he came on in the ninth of a tie game, and gave up three runs, suffering the loss. Was their a hangover? Doesn't seem like it. He has gotten the call in the first two games against the Reds, and has closed out both, giving him 20 saves, tops in the NL.
The Closing Statement
Can the Rockies pull off a sweep? It's not like the Reds are home bodies. They have the worst home-field record in MLB, winning only nine of 30 games. The Rockies, meanwhile, are 21-13 on the road, the second best winning percentage in the NL. Their 21 road wins are tied with the Nationals, but the Nationals have two fewer road losses.
The Welcome Mat
|Gracious Hosts||W||L||Pct||Road Warrios||W||L||Pct|
|Cincinnati Reds||9||21||0.3||Washington Nationals||21||11||0.656|
|Miami Marlins||10||18||0.357||Colorado Rockies||21||13||0.618|
|New York Mets||12||19||0.387||Chicago Cubs||18||12||0.6|
|Colorado Rockies||11||16||0.407||Atlanta Braves||20||14||0.588|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||14||17||0.452||Milwaukee Brewers||19||14||0.576|
|San Diego Padres||18||21||0.462||New York Mets||15||13||0.536|
|Washington Nationals||14||14||0.5||Los Angeles Dodgers||16||14||0.533|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||18||14||0.563||St. Louis Cardinals||14||13||0.519|
|St. Louis Cardinals||18||14||0.563||Arizona Diamondbacks||13||16||0.448|
|Atlanta Braves||16||12||0.571||Pittsburgh Pirates||13||16||0.448|
|Chicago Cubs||16||12||0.571||San Diego Padres||11||14||0.44|
|Arizona Diamondbacks||19||13||0.594||Philadelphia Phillies||13||18||0.419|
|Milwaukee Brewers||18||11||0.621||Cincinnati Reds||12||20||0.375|
|San Francisco Giants||19||11||0.633||San Francisco Giants||12||20||0.375|
|Philadelphia Phillies||19||9||0.679||Miami Marlins||12||21||0.364|