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.
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|
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.
|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|
|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|
|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
|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|
|7/13/2018||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.
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
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.
|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.|