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
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
|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
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