Rockies Need to Stir Up Some Home Cooking

Team W L Pct
Giants 26 14 0.65
Phillies 28 16 0.636
Cubs 24 14 0.632
Brewers 24 17 0.585
Braves 23 17 0.575
D-Backs 23 19 0.548
Cardinals 23 22 0.511
Dodgers 23 23 0.5
Pirates 21 21 0.5
Nationals 19 20 0.487
Reds 19 25 0.432
Padres 19 25 0.432
Rockies 15 22 0.405
Marlins 17 25 0.405
Mets 14 26 0.35

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

Season W L Pct Finish
1996 55 26 0.679 3rd 8 GB
2010 52 29 0.642 3rd 9 GB
2009 51 30 0.63 WC
2007 51 31 0.622 WC
1995 44 28 0.611 WC
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
2017 46 35 0.568 WC
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
2018 15 22 0.405 TBD

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.

Team Home Road Difference
Rockies 0.546 0.399 147 points
Pirates 0.506 0.302 104 points
Giants 0.566 0.474 92 points
Cardinals 0.588 0.497 91 points
Marlins 0.518 0.427 91 points.
Nationals 0.524 0.438 86 points
Padres 0.519 0.439 80 points
Brewers 0.511 0.438 73 points
Braves 0.587 0.518 69 points
Dodgers 0.573 0.505 68 points
Cubs 0.526 0.459 67 points
D-Backs 0.527 0.461 66 points
Phillies 0.526 0.467 59 points
Mets 0.528 0.471 57 points
Reds 0.509 0.458 51 points
Opp W L
NYM 3 1
Cin 2 1
SF 2 1
SD 2 1
LAA 1 1
Atl 1 2
ChC 1 2
SD 1 2
Mia 1 2
Mil 1 3
LAD 0 3
Ari 0 3

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
W-L 7-2 5-5 Kyle Freeland 3.49
ERA 2.02 4 Ubaldo Jimenez 3.67
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
Giants Rockies 2018
Wins 5 5
Runs 50 52
Hits 101 103
Avg. 0.281 0.281
OBP 0.339 0.332
ERA 4.58 4.88

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.