Rockies Have a Big 0 In Their Offense

In their 26-year existence, the Rockies have developed a reputation for their offensive excellence. This year, though, things haven't been up to par for the Rockies. Oh, they still have the big-name bats. They did have three position players -- Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story -- make the All-Star team. No National League team had more.

But in the clutch, something is missing.

Heck, in Thursday's 3-2, 13-inning loss to the Padres at Petco Park the Rockies were hitless in eight at-bats with a runner in scoring position. They scored a run in the second inning thanks to two of the three errors Padres third baseman Wil Myers committed in the game, and another run in the sixth when Ian Desmond beat the relay throw on a potential double play.

That's it. 

It was the 24th time this season the Rockies have failed to get a hit with a runner in scoring position, and the sixth most opportunities (eight at-bats) in which the Rockies have failed to deliver with a runner in scoring position this season.

      A Failing Clutch

With Runners in Scoring Positon

Date Opp AB SO Result
Aug. 10 vs. Dodgers 13 7 Won 5-4
May 9 vs. Angels 12 8 Lost 0-11
April 12 vs. Nationals 11 3 Won 5-1
June 26 at Giants 10 5 lost 2-3
July 10 vs. D-backs 10 2 lost 3-5
Aug. 30 at Padres 8 3 lost 2-3 (11 innings)
May 6 at Mets 7 3 Won 3-2
April 8 at Braves 6 1 lost 0-4
Aug. 4 at Brewers 6 2 lost 4-8
April 18 at Pirates 5 0 lost 2-10

As frustrating as the Rockies may be with their scoring position struggles this year they do have the fifth-best batting average in the NL in those situations this year.

     Big Hits, Big Void

Team AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Braves 1096 305 82 6 39 444 150 247 0.278
Pirates 1063 280 66 12 37 410 123 259 0.263
Nationals 1110 288 55 5 39 419 167 259 0.259
Reds 1158 300 48 6 36 421 158 287 0.259
Rockies 1035 267 46 15 34 400 128 256 0.258
Marlins 1015 256 42 3 22 336 109 268 0.252
D-backs 1041 262 53 16 31 394 158 263 0.252
Cardinals 1074 267 57 2 29 391 132 273 0.249
Giants 1049 260 59 4 23 359 135 270 0.248
Cubs 1169 289 55 4 27 442 180 316 0.247
Phillies 1006 248 51 6 43 394 150 288 0.247
Mets 968 238 44 4 27 370 161 248 0.246
Brewers 1050 258 46 5 43 388 131 291 0.246
Dodgers 1078 264 54 5 32 397 164 280 0.245
Padres 979 232 60 8 22 338 102 269 0.237

From a franchise standpoint, however, the .258 average would be the third lowest in the Rockies 26-season existence. It is a far cry from 1996 when the Rockies had a franchise-best .311 average with runners in scoring position. 

Failing to Put in the Clutch

Season AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
2011 1423 348 56 8 43 522 209 325 0.245
2008 1491 382 74 9 48 552 194 339 0.256
2018 1035 267 46 15 34 400 128 256 0.258
2009 1403 363 84 12 47 550 213 339 0.259
2004 1454 377 84 10 36 542 226 327 0.259
1994 1029 268 51 8 29 392 126 211 0.26
2005 1422 377 68 8 34 511 187 286 0.265
2003 1470 393 92 11 47 592 226 324 0.267
2006 1518 406 93 17 32 574 212 330 0.267
2010 1346 363 61 15 50 558 218 307 0.27
2013 1394 378 73 6 29 479 137 301 0.271
2007 1586 438 83 11 38 616 256 348 0.276
2012 1418 392 79 14 45 538 154 329 0.276
2014 1347 373 76 12 37 500 147 304 0.277
2015 1289 359 60 15 51 505 139 303 0.279
1995 1295 366 72 15 46 528 177 276 0.283
1993 1327 376 71 16 39 558 148 249 0.283
2017 1366 389 75 6 53 581 180 341 0.285
2002 1342 384 69 13 48 569 203 292 0.286
2016 1354 388 86 14 55 595 208 328 0.287
2001 1510 441 97 12 56 648 205 319 0.292
1997 1419 418 74 6 42 591 187 263 0.295
1999 1434 424 75 9 56 612 174 222 0.296
1998 1436 432 86 14 52 598 176 236 0.301
2000 1532 474 93 17 44 719 260 268 0.309
1996 1541 479 88 15 63 679 192 304 0.311

Gerardo Parra does lead the Rockies with a .337 average with runner sin scoring position, 11th in the NL, and Nolan Arenado, with a .336 average, is 12th. 

       Individually Speaking

Player Team AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Brian Anderson Mia 107 41 9 1 4 46 8 21 0.383
Charlie Culberson Atl 58 22 8 0 2 26 6 12 0.379
David Peralta Ari 89 32 6 2 4 41 8 19 0.36
Jesse Winker Cin 67 24 2 0 3 33 16 10 0.358
Alen Hanson SF 54 19 7 0 2 28 3 15 0.352
Jedd Gyorko StL 63 22 4 0 1 31 9 13 0.349
Matt Kemp LAD 98 34 3 0 6 50 11 17 0.347
Josh Harrison Pit 61 21 3 0 3 24 5 13 0.344
Ronald Acuna Jr. Atl 64 22 5 0 4 28 11 18 0.344
Freddie Freeman Atl 120 41 10 1 4 59 19 27 0.342
Gerardo Parra Col 83 28 6 0 1 43 9 12 0.337
Johan Camargo Atl 95 32 10 0 5 51 13 22 0.337
Nolan Arenado Col 107 36 8 0 6 55 23 27 0.336
Lorenzo Cain Mil 75 25 4 0 0 19 18 19 0.333

Parra and Arenado, however, are the only current position players with the Rockies hitting .300 with runners in scoring position.

Player AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO AVG
Gerardo Parra 83 28 6 0 1 43 9 2 12 0.337
Nolan Arenado 107 36 8 0 6 55 23 8 27 0.336
Charlie Blackmon 81 24 3 2 3 29 8 1 14 0.296
David Dahl 39 11 1 1 0 11 7 3 7 0.282
Carlos Gonzalez 97 27 3 2 4 38 9 4 27 0.278
Ian Desmond 136 37 7 3 5 54 11 0 34 0.272
DJ LeMahieu 74 19 4 0 1 30 4 0 7 0.257
Trevor Story 133 33 9 3 7 52 16 2 40 0.248
Tony Wolters 37 9 1 2 0 17 6 1 3 0.243
Ryan McMahon 27 6 0 0 2 13 6 2 9 0.222
Chris Iannetta 59 10 0 0 2 19 18 4 17 0.169
Matt Holliday 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
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