Rockies Need to Stir Up Some Home Cooking
The Rockies woke up Monday morning in fourth place in the NL West, 3 1/2 games back of the Giants and Dodgers, who are tied for second, and six games behind the division-leading Diamondbacks.
And they are fortunate to be in that good of shape.
Yes, they are 41-43, which is nothing to brag about.
Consider, however, that they are tied with the Marlins for the second lowest home-field winning percentage in the National League.
When what has always been a strength of the Rockies has been a flaw over the first half of this season, the picture pf their 2018 struggles becomes clearer.
The Rockies are 15-22 at Coors Field, a ballpark in which they have had a losing record in only six of their previous 23 years. And their current .405 winning percentage is 27 points worse than the lowest Coors Field winning percentage in Coors Field history. That 2012 team, which had the .432 winning percentage, finished a franchise-record 30 games out of first place.
Rockies Year by Year at Coors Field
|1996||55||26||0.679||3rd 8 GB|
|2010||52||29||0.642||3rd 9 GB|
|2003||49||32||0.605||4th 26.5 GB|
|2000||48||33||0.593||4th 15 GB|
|1997||47||34||0.58||3rd 7 GB|
|2002||47||34||0.58||4th 25 GB|
|2014||45||36||0.556||4th 28 GB|
|2013||45||36||0.556||5th 18 GB|
|2006||44||37||0.543||4th 12 GB|
|2008||43||38||0.531||3rd 10 GB|
|1998||42||39||0.519||4th 21 GB|
|2016||42||39||0.519||3rd 16 GB|
|2001||41||40||0.506||5th 19 GB|
|2005||40||41||0.494||5th 15 GB|
|1999||39||42||0.481||5th 28 GB|
|2004||38||43||0.469||4th 25 GB|
|2011||38||43||0.469||4th 21 GB|
|2015||36||45||0.444||5th 24 GB|
|2012||35||46||0.432||5th 30 GB|
Historically, in fact, the Rockies have the biggest home-field advantage since they moved into Coors Field in 1995 of any team in the National League.
The Giants, however, are in town for three games. It's their second visit to Coors Field this year, and the Rockies took two of three from San Francisco when it stopped by Coors Field May 28-30.
The Rockies are 5-5 against the Giants this season, having won three of seven games at AT&T Park, splitting a four-game series May 17-20, and losing two of three last week, when they pulled out the 9-8 victory last Thursday on D.J. LeMahieu's two-run home run in the top of the ninth.
And they would seem to have the edge, at least in the opening game, of the series this week.
Kyle Freeland will start on Monday night for the Rockies against Madison Bumgarner of the Giants. Yes, Bumgarner is one of the game's premiere pitchers, and he has been tough on the Rockies, but he has had problems at Coors Field. Freeland, a native of Denver, doesn't seem the least bit bothered by Coors Field. Right now, he has the lowest career ERA of any pitcher at Coors Field.
|Bumgarner||Home||Coors||Career at Coors Field||ERA|
|Opp Avg||0.21||0.288||Jason Marquis||3.75|
|HR/9 IP||0.48||0.92||Tyler Anderson||3.86|
|Opp OPS||0.581||0.754||Jhoulys Chacin||4.22|
|Minimum 20 starts|
And the Rockies and Giants have been evenly matched in their 10 games so far this season.
They have split the victories, hit for the same average and have only minor differences between their runs scored, hits, on-base percentage and ERA.