Friday 4x4: Rockies Defense Never Rests
The Rockies have had spotty bullpen work. Their offense hasn't been in sync. They, however, are still just a half-game back of NL West-leading Arizona going into this weekend's three-game series with the D-Backs at Coors Field.
The defense has been crucial. The Rockies and D-Backs are tied for fewest errors in the NL with 20 each, and the fewest unearned runs allowed with 11 each. The Rockies have a slight edge in fielding percentage because they have played one more game.
Good Hands People
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Zack Greinke starts the series opener for the D-Backs at Coors Field on Friday. He certainly isn't intimidated by Coors Field. Among visiting starting pitchers who worked at least 50 innings at Coors Field, Greinke's 4.14 career ERA at Coors Field is the ninth lowest.
Comfy at Coors
The Rockies have enjoyed a homefield advantage since moving into Coors Field in 1995. They have had a losing record at home only six times. Now, it's early in the 2018 season, but they are 11-16 at Coors Field this year, on a pace for the worst home record in franchise history.
Home Field Disadvantage
The Rockies offense has come alive in the last two weeks, but it hasn't helped them win games. The Rockies are hitting .309 and averaging 6.64 runs in their last 11 games. However, they are just 5-6 in those games thanks to having a 6.18 team ERA. They also have left 85 runners on base.
That Rundown Feeling