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

Team G E DP Fld Pct UE Runs
Rockies 62 20 64 0.991 11
D-Backs 61 20 53 0.991 11
Nationals 61 29 49 0.987 15
Padres 64 35 55 0.985 25
Pirates 62 34 52 0.985 20
Braves 62 35 62 0.985 23
Mets 59 34 41 0.984 18
Marlins 62 35 45 0.984 18
Reds 63 38 60 0.984 22
Brewers 62 37 50 0.984 15
Dodgers 62 39 44 0.983 19
Cubs 59 41 49 0.982 19
Giants 62 48 68 0.979 26
Cardinals 60 48 55 0.979 22
Phillies 60 47 61 0.978 19

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

Player W L Pct IP ERA
Ian Kennedy 2 4 0.333 62.2 3.16
Tom Glavine 3 3 0.5 85.2 3.68
Kevin Brown 5 3 0.625 55 3.93
Brandon Webb 5 5 0.5 87.2 4
Madison Bumgarner 5 5 0.5 78.2 4
Randy Johnson 7 5 0.583 85.1 4.01
Pete Harnisch 5 1 0.833 58.1 4.01
Kevin Correia 3 3 0.5 51.1 4.03
Zack Greinke 3 1 0.75 58.2 4.14
John Smoltz 3 2 0.6 55.2 4.2

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

Season W L Pct
2018 11 16 0.407
2012 35 46 0.432
2015 36 45 0.444
2004 38 43 0.469
2011 38 43 0.469
1999 39 42 0.481
2005 40 41 0.494
2001 41 40 0.506
1998 42 39 0.519
2016 42 39 0.519
2008 43 38 0.531
2006 44 37 0.543
2014 45 36 0.556
2013 45 36 0.556
2017 46 35 0.568
1997 47 34 0.58
2002 47 34 0.58
2000 48 33 0.593
2003 49 32 0.605
1995 44 28 0.611
2007 51 31 0.622
2009 51 30 0.63
2010 52 29 0.642
1996 55 26 0.679

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

Date Opponent R LOB
5/26/2018 Cin L 5-6 6
5/27/2018 Cin W 8-2 9
5/28/2018 SF W 6-5 10
5/29/2018 SF W 11-4 6
5/30/2018 SF L 4-7 8
6/1/2018 LAD L 8-11 7
6/2/2018 LAD L 4-12 6
6/3/2018 LAD L 7-10 4
6/5/2018 @Cin W 9-6 10
6/6/2018 @Cin W 6-3 13
6/7/2018 @Cin L 5-7 (13) 6