Rockies Record-Setting Run: Is it In the Cards?
The Rockies have returned to a legitimate factor in the NL post-season battle with a strong last four weeks. They have won 19 of their last 24 games, claiming a win in the series finale at San Francisco on June 28. Since then they have won seven of eight series, and split a two-game series with the Astros, putting together eight consecutive series without losing a game for the first time in franchise history. And all eight series have been against teams that had winning records at the time.
Now comes the test. Monday night the Rockies open a four-game series in St. Louis. The new Busch Stadium has not been kind to the Rockies of late. The Rockies have lost eight consecutive series at Busch Stadium, compiling a 6-22 record in the process. The only longer active streak of series losses on the road is the 12 consecutive series the Rays have lost to the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. The Braves are tied with the Rockies, having lost eight consecutive series at San Diego. The Twins are one series back of the Rockies and Braves, having lost their last seven series against the A's in Oakland.
St. Louis Blues
All, however, is not well in St. Louis. Earlier this month, the Cardinals fired manager Mike Matheny, an abnormal move for a team known for stability. This is only the sixth time since the start of expansion in 1961 that the Cardinals changed managers during the course of a season. The Cardinals had advanced to the post-season in four Matheny's six full seasons. The Cardinals are in fourth place in the NL Central, eight games back of the division-leading Cubs. They are five games behind the Diamondbacks for the second NL wild-card, and 4 1/2 behind the Rockies in the wild-card race.
|2018||105||53||52||0.505||4th of 5||8||M.Matheny (47-46) and M.Shildt (6-6)|
|1995||143||62||81||0.434||4th of 5||22.5||J.Torre (20-27) and M.Jorgensen (42-54)|
|1990||162||70||92||0.432||6th of 6||25||W.Herzog (33-47), R.Schoendienst (13-11) and Joe Torre (24-34|
|1980||162||74||88||0.457||4th of 6||17||K.Boyer (18-33), J.Krol (0-1), W.Herzog (38-35) and R. Schoendienst (18-19)|
|1978||162||69||93||0.426||5th of 6||21||V.Rapp (6-11), J.Krol (1-1) and K.Boyer (62-81)|
|1961||155||80||74||0.519||5th of 8||13||S.Hemus (33-41) and J.Keane (47-33)|
There is an interesting matchup in the series opener on Monday -- Rockies lefty Tyler Anderson, who has put together one of the best months of July in Rockies history, and the Cardinals Carlos Martinez, who has dominated NL West teams since his arrival in the big leagues.
Battle of Stat Masters
|The Anderson Files||Lowest ERA vs. NLW Since 2017|
|ERA||1.32||4th||Brad Hand, SD||1.92|
|WHIP||0.84||3rd||Carlos Martinez, StL||1.93|
|Opp Avg||1.41||1st||Clayton Kershaw, LAD||1.97|
|Opp OBP||0.225||1st||Jacob deGrom, NYM||2.14|
|Opp SLG||0.217||1st||Max Scherzer, Was||2.15|
|Minimum 25 innings|