The Angst of August, The Hope of September

For all the hand-wringing of the last month, and the disappointment, particularly of the back-to-back losses at San Diego on Thursday and Friday when the Rockies scored a combined one -- that's right o-n-e -- run in losing the first two games of a four-game series to the Padres, there is a bright side.

A team that was 14-14 in the month of August, the Rockies went from second place in the NL West, a half-game out of first when they work up on Aug. 1 to third-place in the NL West, 1 1/2 games out of first on Saturday morning.

Translation: As much of a struggle as August was for the Rockies, it did not blow them out of having any hope for a stretch drive.

When the Rockies have advanced to the post-season, other than last year when they were looking to survive after the best start in franchise history, September/October has been very, very good to the Rockies. And even a year ago, they did manage to finish a game above .500 in September/October.

The Stretch Run to Post-Season Invitations

Season W L Pct ERA Avg. RPG
2007 21 8 .724 4.09 .298 (4th) 6.24
2009 20 11 .645 4.15 .259 (22nd) 4.84
1995 17 11 .607 4.79 .290 (9th) 5.68
2017 15 14 .517 4.09 .271 (18th) 4.93
2018 TBD TBD tbd TBD TBD TBD

Now, the Rockies have to rebound from the disappointment of August. And it was a disappointment. But it also is worth noting that of the five-best Augusts in franchise history, only one came in a season in which the Rockies advanced to the post-season. And in the four years they have advanced to the post-season, they have a combined August record of 55-57.

The Angst of August

August W L Pct August W L Pct Finish
2009 16 12 .571 2000 18 11 .621 82-80, 4th place
2007 15 14 .517 1997 17 12 .586 63-79, 3rd place
2018 14 14 .500 2009 16 12 .571 91-70, NL Wild-Card
1995 11 17 .393 2010 15 12 .556 83-79, 3rd place
2017 12 15 .444 2012 16 13 .552 64-98, 5th place

Now, that's not to say that there is no concern. The Rockies offense was offensive in August. Matt Holliday, who just joined the team last week and only had 15 at-bats, was the only position player on the team to even hit .300 in August. Ian Desmond led the team with 17 RBI, one more than Trevor Story, and he only hit .176. Nolan Arenado? How about .276.

The bats are going to have to step up in September if the Rockies are going to make a serious run at a second consecutive post-season opportunity.

More Misses than Hits

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Matt Holliday 6 15 2 5 0 0 1 1 2 4 .333
Carlos Gonzalez 26 96 11 28 6 1 2 9 11 22 .292
Trevor Story 28 111 17 32 7 0 6 16 6 32 .288
Ryan McMahon 25 54 6 15 3 0 2 8 5 18 .278
Nolan Arenado 28 98 13 27 5 0 3 12 10 19 .276
DJ LeMahieu 27 111 18 29 5 0 4 12 6 17 .261
David Dahl 21 71 8 18 5 0 3 8 9 18 .254
Gerardo Parra 22 56 3 13 1 0 0 5 4 8 .232
Tony Wolters 15 35 3 8 2 1 1 5 5 6 .229
Charlie Blackmon 26 106 16 24 4 2 2 7 10 25 .226
Chris Iannetta 22 52 4 10 0 1 2 7 9 14 .192
Ian Desmond 28 91 12 16 4 3 1 17 5 24 .176
Pat Valaika 8 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 .091
Garrett Hampson 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
om Murphy 4 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 .000

And the Rockies pitching needs a lift. German Marquez (2.15) and Kyle Freeland (2.15) were the only starting pitchers with an ERA below 4.00. And the late-inning bullpen duo of Adam Ottavino (4.61) and Wade Davis (7.71) had their problems, too.

Armed But Not Dangerous

Player W L SvOP G IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA AVG
Yency Almonte 0 0 0 2 2.2 1 0 0 0 0 5 .000 .111
German Marquez 2 1 0 6 42 26 10 10 1 9 53 2.14 .176
Kyle Freeland 3 1 0 6 37.2 32 9 9 2 15 42 2.15 .230
Seunghwan Oh 1 0 1-3 13 11.2 8 4 3 1 5 14 2.31 .190
Scott Oberg 1 0 0 11 11 9 3 3 2 0 8 2.45 .237
Bryan Shaw 1 1 0-1 11 10.2 14 5 4 1 3 10 3.38 .311
Jon Gray 1 0 0 5 33.2 29 15 15 6 5 27 4.01 .230
Adam Ottavino 2 1 1-4 14 13.2 9 10 7 1 10 18 4.61 .196
Antonio Senzatela 0 2 0 4 21.1 24 11 11 3 6 14 4.64 .279
Chad Bettis 0 1 0 4 15.1 15 14 10 2 6 8 5.87 .263
Harrison Musgrave 0 0 0 4 5.1 7 4 4 2 1 3 6.75 .333
Chris Rusin 1 0 0 5 6.1 8 5 5 0 4 3 7.11 .348
Jake McGee 1 0 0 12 10.2 11 9 9 3 4 10 7.59 .268
Wade Davis 1 3 5-7 11 9.1 9 8 8 3 3 12 7.71 .243
Tyler Anderson 0 4 0 5 21.1 35 27 27 9 8 23 11.39 .368
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