Rockies Rotation Leaves Dodgers Singing the Blues

In the midst of the Fox telecast of the Rockies 3-1 victory at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, giving them back-to-back 3-1 wins in which the starting pitcher worked eight innings, the announcing crew moaned, "Some of those fly balls would have been home runs at Coors Field."

Maybe.

But the games were played at Dodger Stadium, and the Rockies enjoyed two of their most impressive pitching efforts ever at the ballpark located in Chavez Ravine.

First, it was Tyler Anderson on Friday night, working eight innings for the first time in his career and holding the Dodgers scoreless. Wade Davis did give up a ninth inning home run, but earned the save.

Then, it was German Marquez overpowering the Dodgers, working eight innings for the first time this season and second time in his career, giving up one run. Adam Ottavino got the final three outs for the save.

Big deal?

Yep.

Since their inception in 1993, the Rockies have played 211 games at Dodger Stadium. They have won only 81 of those games. And only three times have the Rockies enjoyed starting pitchers working at least eight innings and allowing two or fewer runs in back-to-back games. Underscoring the challenge, understand that the Rockies are 4-2 in those games. It wasn't until Friday and Saturday that the Rockies had a starter work at least eight innings in back-to-back games and win both of them.

Looking for 8

Dates W/L IP H R ER BB SO
June 29, 2018 Tyler Anderson W 8 4 0 0 1 8
June 30, 2018 German Marquez W 8 2 1 1 0 9
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June 30, 2009 Jason Marquis W 9 2 0 0 0 3
July 1, 2009 Jason Hammel L 8 5 1 1 0 5
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Aug. 9, 1993 Greg Harris W 9 4 2 2 1 5
Aug. 10, 1993 Kent Bottenfield L 8 2 2 2 2 2

The Rockies, in fact, have had only 22 games out of the 211 they have played at Dodger Stadium in which the starting pitcher worked at least eight innings. The Rockies are 15-7 in those games, including three of them that went into extra innings, two of which the Rockies won.

Dodging the Blues

Player Date W L IP H R ER BB SO
German Marquez 6/30/2018 1 0 8 2 1 1 0 9
Tyler Anderson 6/29/2018 1 0 8 4 0 0 1 8
Tyler Chatwood 6/6/2016 1 0 8 1 1 1 4 5
Jorge De La Rosa 9/16/2015 0 1 8 6 2 2 1 5
Tyler Chatwood 7/13/2013 0 1 8 4 1 1 2 4
Ubaldo Jimenez 6/1/2011 1 0 9 4 0 0 0 7
Jhoulys Chacin 9/18/2010 1 0 8 9 0 0 0 2
Jason Hammel 7/1/2009 0 1 8 5 1 1 0 5
Jason Marquis 6/30/2009 1 0 9 2 0 0 0 3
Aaron Cook 6/4/2008 1 0 8 6 1 1 1 6
X-Jason Jennings 9/30/2004 0 0 8 7 1 1 1 6
Darren Oliver 8/31/2003 0 1 8 4 3 0 0 2
Jason Jennings 5/21/2003 0 1 8 11 3 3 4 4
Pedro Astacio 7/21/1999 1 0 8 8 4 4 2 6
Y-Pedro Astacio 6/14/1998 0 0 9 3 1 1 1 6
Darryl Kile 6/12/1998 0 1 8 5 2 2 1 7
Darren Holmes 6/24/1997 1 0 8 5 2 2 2 7
Mark Thompson 5/1/1996 1 0 8.2 6 1 1 2 3
Bill Swift 7/2/1995 1 0 8 4 1 1 0 10
Willie Blair 8/12/1993 1 0 9 7 1 1 1 4
Kent Bottenfield 8/10/1993 1 0 9 7 2 2 2 2
z-Greg Harris 8/9/1993 0 0 8 6 2 2 1 5
W-L 15 7
X-Lost 4-2 (11)
y-Won 3-2 (12)
z-Won 3-2 (11)

The key for Marquez is to regain his ability to dominate hitters at Coors Field. He had been effective at home the two previous seasons, but the home/road split has been concerning this year. He still has the same dominant stuff, so it could be more of a focus issue than anything else. There is no question about his competitive nature.

In 2016, when he made six appearances at the big-league level, three at home and three on the road, and 2017, when he started 29 games, he was a combined 7-3 with a 4.29 ERA at Coors Field in 92 1/3 innings. In 19 games on the road he was a combined 5-5 with a 4.68 ERA on the road.

This year, he is 4-3 with a 3.07 ERA in seven road starts, and 2-5 with a 7.93 ERA in nine home starts.

Cold Coors

2016 W L G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA
Home 1 0 3 2 12 12 3 3 0 2 10 2.25
Away 0 1 3 1 8.2 16 9 9 2 4 5 9.35
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2017 W L G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA
Home 6 3 13 13 80.1 81 41 41 15 20 76 4.59
Away 5 4 16 16 81.2 93 41 38 10 29 71 4.19
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2018 W L G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA
Home 2 5 9 9 42 61 38 37 9 21 42 7.93
Away 4 3 7 7 41 33 17 14 5 14 42 3.07
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Career W L G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA
Home 9 8 25 24 134.1 154 82 81 24 43 128 5.43
Away 9 8 26 24 131.1 142 57 51 17 47 128 3.49
Totals 18 16 51 48 265.2 296 139 132 41 90 256 4.47

The Rockies have a shot at a record-setting weekend if they can keep the Dodgers offense in check on Sunday. Having allowed two runs combined in the first two games of the series, they could set a franchise record for a three-game series at Dodger Stadium if they allow only two runs on Sunday. The Rockies twice have limited the Dodgers to five runs in a three-game series at Dodger Stadium. They have held them to nine runs or fewer in only 10 three-game series in what is now the Rockies 26th season of existence.

Shutting Them Down

Dates W L IP H R ER HR BB SO
June 29-July 1, 2009 1 2 29 17 5 5 1 4 18
June 6-8, 2016 2 1 26.2 10 5 5 2 11 17
June 12014, 1998 2 1 29 16 6 6 2 7 19
Aug. 6-8, 2012 2 1 26 18 7 7 1 14 18
May 7-9, 2010 1 2 25 19 8 7 1 8 21
April 9-11, 2007 1 2 25 20 8 8 1 9 13
Aug. 19-21, 2008 2 1 26 25 9 6 1 4 24
June 2-4, 2008 2 1 26 23 9 7 3 7 17
May 21-23, 2018 1 2 25 15 9 9 3 9 16
June 23-25, 1997 1 2 25 21 9 7 3 7 15

Enter Chad Bettis. He is the scheduled starter for Sunday. He has been dominant on the road this season, going 5-1 outside of Coors Field, where he does not have a decision.

Road Warrior

Home/Road Results W L ERA GS INN H R ER HR BB SO
Road (Team 6-3) 5 1 2.72 9 56.1 43 17 17 7 22 38
Home (Team 3-4) 0 0 8.75 7 36 50 35 35 8 14 29
Totals (Team 9-7) 5 1 5.07 16 92.1 93 52 52 15 36 67

There are, however, warning signs. Dodger Stadium has not been kind to Bettis over the years. He has made five starts in the ballpark, and is 1-2 with a 6.31 ERA. He has allowed four or more runs in four of the five starts, and failed to get past the fifth inning in four of the five starts.

Time for a Change

Date Opp Score W L IP H R ER HR BB SO #Pit
5/14/2015 @LAD W 5-4 0 0 5 7 4 4 0 4 3 106
7/2/2016 @LAD L 6-1 0 1 6 6 4 4 0 1 4 100
9/24/2016 @LAD L 14-1 0 1 4.2 8 7 5 0 4 3 105
9/9/2017 @LAD W 6-5 1 0 5 6 4 3 1 0 5 88
5/22/2018 @LAD L 5-3 0 0 5 3 2 2 0 3 4 89
W L INN H R ER HR BB SO #PIT
Totals ERA 6.31 1 2 25.2 31 21 18 1 13 21 508