Rockies Transform June Swoon into July Boom

It was just a month ago that the handwringing among Rockies fans over a season that was heading nowhere was in full force. The Rockies were in the midst of one of their worst stretches ever in what became the fifth-worst June in franchise history, and they did that even though they won their final three games of the month.

Little, however, did anyone realize that those three victories at the end of June -- salvaging the finale of a three-game visit to San Francisco and the first two games of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium -- were going to turn into one of the best stretches in franchise history.

The Rockies went into Sunday's series finale at Arizona having won 15 of their last 18 games, two wins shy of the best 18-game stretch in franchise history, and a big reason why the Rockies had gone from fourth place in the NL West, eight games out of first, to second place in the division, two games behind the Dodgers, going into Sunday's games.

Happy 18th

Start End W L W-L% RS RA Rdiff
6/4/2009 6/22/2009 17 1 0.944 118 61 57
8/26/1997 9/15/1997 16 2 0.889 125 76 49
6/5/2009 6/23/2009 16 2 0.889 111 62 49
6/3/2009 6/21/2009 16 2 0.889 111 66 45
6/28/2018 7/21/2018 15 3 0.833 111 61 50
6/2/2009 6/20/2009 15 3 0.833 108 65 43
8/25/1997 9/14/1997 15 3 0.833 122 81 41
6/6/2009 6/24/2009 15 3 0.833 103 69 34
6/7/2009 6/26/2009 15 3 0.833 97 70 27
8/27/1997 9/16/1997 15 3 0.833 122 80 42
6/8/2009 6/27/2009 15 3 0.833 101 77 24
4/3/1997 4/26/1997 15 3 0.833 143 84 59
6/9/2009 6/28/2009 15 3 0.833 99 76 23

What's more, they have had the success against some of the better teams in baseball -- the Giants, Dodgers, Diamondbacks and Mariners. They go into the series finale in Arizona on Sunday having won the first two games of the three-game series. That means the Rockies, for the first time in franchise history, have won six consecutive series against teams with winning records.

Date of Series Opp W-L Runs Diff
June 29-July 1 LAD 2-1 10-8
July 2-4 SF 3-0 14-3
July 6-8 Sea 2-1 16-8
July 10-12 Ari 2-1 27-8
July 13-15 Sea 3-0 18-11
x-July 20-21 Ari 2-0 17-15
Totals 14-3 102-53

The pitching staff has undergone a drastic overhaul in terms of results. The bullpen, in particular, has seen its composite ERA decline 2.23 runs per game during the 18 games compared to the previous 80 games of the season. Overall, the team ERA is down 1.85 runs per game. And the reliever have converted nine of 12 saves, 75 percent, in the 18 game surge compared to 64 percent prior the recent success.

Well Armed

Bullpen W L Pct Sv SvOP IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA
Since June 28 7 2 0.778 9 12 54 53 23 20 4 20 53 3.33
Before June 28 10 17 0.37 23 37 263.2 262 176 163 34 127 258 5.56
Rotation
Since June 28 8 1 0.889 0 0 106 83 38 37 8 31 96 3.14
Before June 28 28 25 0.528 0 0 447.1 461 246 237 65 160 421 4.77
Staff
Since June 28 15 3 0.833 9 12 160 136 61 57 12 51 147 3.21
Before june 28 38 42 0.475 23 37 711 723 422 400 99 287 679 5.06

The Rockies have won seven of nine on the road during the surge, and go into Sunday with a seven-game winning streak -- two games against the Diamondbacks at Coors Field and two in Phoenix, with a three-game sweep of the Mariners at Coors Field and the All-Star Break in between. They have 80 extra-base hits in the 18 games, having hit 30 home runs, including at least one home run in 17 of the 18 games.

Game by Game

Date Opp Score H 2B 3B HR Winner Loser Save
6/28/2018 at SF W 9-8 14 2 1 2 A.Ottavino S.Dyson W.Davis
6/29/2018 at LAD W 3-1 9 1 0 3 T.Anderson R.Hill W.Davis
6/30/2018 at LAD W 3-1 6 2 0 1 G.Marquez K.Maeda A.Ottavino
7/1/2018 at LAD L 4-6 9 3 0 1 D.Hudson A.Ottavino K.Jansen
7/2/2018 SF W 5-2 11 2 0 0 K.Freeland M.Bumgarner W.Davis
7/3/2018 SF W 8-1 12 2 1 2 A.Senzatela C.Stratton
7/4/2018 SF W 1-0 7 1 0 1 T.Anderson A.Suarez W.Davis
7/6/2018 Sea W 7-1 13 3 2 1 G.Marquez F.Hernandez
7/7/2018 Sea W 5-1 10 1 0 1 S.Oberg J.Paxton
7/8/2018 Sea L 4-6 5 0 0 3 W.LeBlanc A.Senzatela E.Diaz
7/10/2018 Ari L 3-5 9 2 0 1 R.Delgado J.McGee B.Boxberger
7/11/2018 Ari W 19-2 19 4 1 5 G.Marquez S.Miller
7/12/2018 Ari W 5-1 9 2 0 1 S.Oberg R.Ray
7/13/2018 at Sea W 10-7 14 5 0 2 H.Musgrave C.Bergman W.Davis
7/14/2018 at Sea W 4-1 10 2 1 1 J.Gray W.LeBlanc W.Davis
Sunday at Sea W 4-3 9 0 1 1 S.Oberg N.Vincent
Friday at Ari W 11-10 12 1 0 3 S.Oberg A.Bradley A.Ottavino
Saturday at Ari W 6-5 7 3 1 1 S.Oberg Y.Hirano W.Davis

The Rockies have had eight pitchers earn a victory during the stretch, and the bullpen has been a factor. Scott Oberg, who struggled early, came off the disabled list on June 27, the day before the surge started, and has been a key factor out of the bullpen, going 5-0 during the Rockies last 18 games.

Tyler Anderson and German Marquez have both made four starts during the 18 games, and are both 3-0. And Wade Davis bounced back from his blip on the radar screen to convert all seven of his save opportunities during the surge.

Pitching In

Player W-L SvOP G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA
Scott Oberg 5-0 0-1 10 0 10 10 2 2 1 1 10 1.8
German Marquez 3-0 4 4 25 20 10 9 3 5 28 3.24
Tyler Anderson 3-0 4 4 28 14 3 3 1 8 31 0.96
Kyle Freeland 1-0 4 4 22.1 19 8 8 2 9 14 3.22
Jon Gray 1-0 2 2 11.1 12 6 6 1 3 13 4.76
Harrison Musgrave 1-0 3 0 5 3 3 3 0 5 2 5.4
Adam Ottavino 1-1 2-3 10 0 10.2 14 5 4 1 5 14 3.38
Antonio Senzatela 1-1 2 2 13 8 6 6 1 3 6 4.15
Yency Almonte 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chad Bettis 1 1 3 2 2 2 0 2 2 6
Wade Davis 7-7 9 0 9 4 1 1 1 2 11 1
Mike Dunn 2 0 1 2 1 1 0 1 0 9
Jeff Hoffman 1 1 3.1 8 3 3 0 1 2 8.1
Jake McGee 0-1 0-1 7 0 5.2 6 5 4 1 3 6 6.35
Chris Rusin 7 0 7.1 10 5 4 0 2 4 4.91
Bryan Shaw 3 0 3.1 3 1 1 0 1 6 2.7

The offense has done its part, as well. Every position except left field and catcher has a player hitting .299 or better. and then there is Marquez, who is not only 3-0 but is hitting .559 -- 5-for-9 with a home run and three RBI. 

The big bat, however, has been Trevor Story, who is hitting .431. Nolan Arenado leads the team with seven home runs and 17 RBI, a stretch that has allowed him to move into a share of the NL lead in home runs with 25 and RBI with 72.

The Swing of Things

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
German Marquez 3 9 2 5 0 0 1 3 0 0 0.556
Trevor Story 17 65 9 28 7 1 4 10 6 16 0.431
Garrett Hampson 1 3 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0.333
Charlie Blackmon 18 73 16 24 4 0 5 11 4 16 0.329
Nolan Arenado 18 71 14 23 3 0 7 17 8 14 0.324
Ian Desmond 18 71 12 23 3 4 2 13 4 14 0.324
Carlos Gonzalez 17 63 17 19 5 0 4 14 3 12 0.302
DJ LeMahieu 16 67 12 20 7 0 1 9 4 7 0.299
Raimel Tapia 11 15 3 4 2 0 1 5 2 3 0.267
Gerardo Parra 17 47 9 12 2 0 0 5 8 6 0.255
Tyler Anderson 4 8 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 5 0.25
Tom Murphy 9 14 1 3 1 0 1 2 1 4 0.214
Chris Iannetta 12 38 4 8 0 0 2 4 1 12 0.211
Noel Cuevas 10 25 3 5 1 0 1 3 2 5 0.2
Pat Valaika 10 20 4 4 0 0 1 1 3 4 0.2
Tony Wolters 6 21 4 4 0 3 0 7 2 3 0.19

And it's not like the Rockies have been able to avoid roster challenges. Since the day before the 18-game stretch began the Rockies have made 29 roster moves.

Roster Adjustments

Player Date Notes
Harrison Musgrave 7/21/2018 Assigned to Albuquerque rehab assignment.
Chad Bettis 7/21/2018 Assigned to Albuquerque rehab assignment.
Garrett Hampson 7/21/2018 Called up to Rockies from Albuquerque
DJ LeMahieu 7/21/2018 Placed on 10-day DL. Left oblique strain.
David Dahl 7/19/2018 Assigned to Albuquerque rehab assignment.
Jeff Hoffman 7/14/2018 Optioned to Albuquerque.
Jon Gray 7/14/2018 Recalled by Rockies from Albuquerque.
Sam Howard 7/14/2018 Recalled by Rockies from Albuquerque.
Harrison Musgrave 7/14/2018 Placed on 10-day DL. Right hip flexor strain.
Jeff Hoffman 7/13/2018 Recalled by Rockies from Albuquerque.
Antonio Senzatela 7/13/2018 Placed on 10-day DL. R middle finger blister.
Jerry Vasto 7/11/2018 Optioned to Albuquerque.
Bryan Shaw 7/11/2018 Activated from the 10-day DL.
Zac Rosscup 7/11/2018 Claimed on waivers by Dodgers.
Tom Murphy 7/10/2018 Reinstated from paternity leave.
Jordan Patterson 7/10/2018 Optioned to Albuquerque.
Tom Murphy 7/7/2018 Paternity Leave.
Jordan Patterson 7/7/2018 Recalled by Rockies from Albuquerque.
Jerry Vasto 7/7/2018 Recalled by Rockies from Albuquerque.
Mike Dunn 7/7/2018 Placed on 10-day DL. Inflamation L A/C joint.
Bryan Shaw 7/6/2018 Assigned to Albuquerque rehab assignment.
Antonio Senzatela 7/3/2018 Recalled by Rockies from Albuquerque.
Chad Bettis 7/3/2018 Placed on 10-day DL. R middle finger blister.
Jon Gray 6/30/2018 Optioned to Albuquerque.
Raimel Tapia 6/30/2018 Recalled by Rockies from Albuquerque.
Jeff Hoffman 6/27/2018 Optioned to Albuquerque.
Brooks Pounders 6/27/2018 Optioned to Albuquerque.
Mike Dunn 6/27/2018 Activated from the 10-day DL.
Scott Oberg 6/27/2018 Activated from the 10-day DL.
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