By Comparison: The Angst of Anderson

Since ASB W L Pct
Cardinals 32 18 .640
Rockies 28 19 .596
Cubs 29 21 .580
Brewers 27 20 .574
Braves 28 22 .560
Dodgers 26 22 .542
Mets 26 23 .531
Pirates 24 22 .522
Nationals 24 24 .500
D-backs 23 24 .489
Phillies 21 27 .438
Giants 18 29 .383
Reds 18 31 .367
Padres 17 30 .362
Marlins 16 29 .356

When the Rockies began their turnaround in the final days of June, Tyler Anderson was at the front of the parade. The left-hander made four starts between June 28 and the All-Star Break, allowing just three earned runs in 28 innings. He was 2-0 and the Rockies won all four.

While the Rockies have built off that success since the break, and rallied from fourth place in the NL West, eight games out of first after games of June 27 to sitting atop the division on Monday morning, a half-game up on the Dodgers, and 2 1/2 ahead of the Diamondbacks, who open a four-game series at Coors Field on Monday night.

Anderson, however, has become a growing concern. Manager Bud Black even pushed him back a couple days in the rotation to open the month of September. It didn't help. The Rockies have the second-best winning percentage in the NL since the All-Star Break with a 28-19 record, but they are 1-9 when Anderson starts, and 27-10 in all other games.

On Sunday, Anderson retired only eight of the 16 batters he faced, and four of them scored in what became a 9-6 loss. 

"I am just not getting the ball where I want to," said Anderson. ". ... something must be off a little bit in my delivery."

Nine-Game Nightmare

Date Opponent W L ERA IP H R ER HR BB SO
July 24 Hou L 8-2 0 0 1.23 7.1 3 2 1 1 3 4
July 30 @StL L 5-4 0 0 3.38 6 3 4 4 1 3 5
August 4 @Mil L 8-4 0 1 6.23 4 7 7 7 3 3 4
August 9 LAD L 8-5 0 0 5.01 6 4 1 1 0 1 6
August 15 @Hou L 12-1 0 1 7.16 4.1 7 9 9 3 3 4
August 21 SD L 4-3 0 1 6.88 6.1 10 4 4 2 0 8
August 26 StL L 12-3 0 1 8.31 0.2 7 6 6 1 1 1
September 3 SF W 9-8 0 0 7.88 5.1 6 3 3 1 0 7
9/9/2018 LAD L 9-6 0 1 8.02 2.2 5 4 3 1 2 2
W L ERA INN H R ER HR BB SO
Totals ERA 8.02 0 5 8.02 42.2 52 40 38 13 16 41

The Rockies do remain in first-place in the NL West, and they are just a half-game back in the NL Wild-Card race, putting them in a good position to make a post-season run in the final three weeks of the regular season.

In Good Standing

NL West NL W L GB
Rockies 78 64 -- Brewers 82 62
Dodgers 78 65 0.5 Cardinals 79 64 --
D-backs 76 67 2.5 Rockies 78 64 0.5
Giants 68 76 11 Dodgers 78 65 1
Padres 57 88 22.5 D-backs 76 67 3
Phillies 74 68 4.5

The Rockies 78-64 record does equal the second-best franchise mark at 142 games. This is only the seventh time in the Rockies 26-year history they have had a winning record after 142 games.

Rockies Top 10 at 142

Year W L W-L% RS RA Rdiff Twl Rank Postseason
2009 82 60 .577 712 614 98 92-70 2 Wildcard
2018 78 64 .549 667 678 -11 TBD TBD TBD
2010 78 64 .549 679 611 68 83-79 3
2017 77 65 .542 725 683 42 87-75 3 Wildcard
1995 75 67 .528 766 771 -5 77-67 2 Wildcard
2007 74 68 .521 721 670 51 90-73 2 NL Pennant
2000 73 69 .514 855 782 73 82-80 4
1996 71 71 .500 846 853 -7 83-79 3
1997 71 71 .500 805 801 4 83-79 3
2016 68 74 .479 754 738 16 75-87 3
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