Wednesday by Comparsion: Power in the Pinch
Ryan McMahon has had limited time in the big leagues, but his game-tying, pinch-hit home run that set the stage for the Rockies to rally for a 6-2 victory against the Giants at Coors Field Tuesday night was his team-high second of the season.
It was the sixth pinch-hit home run of the season for the Rockies, which ranks second in the NL.
In the Rockies previous 25 years of existence, they have had a pinch-hitter hit more than two home runs in a season only 10 times. Mark Sweeney had a franchise-record five pinch-hit home runs in 2004.
John Vander Wal is the only Rockies pinch-hitter to have had multiple seasons of more than three pinch-hit home runs. Vander Wal delivered four in 1995, helping the Rockies become the first wild-card in MLB history. He also had three in 1996 and 1998
Going Deep in the Pinch
|Ryan McMahon||2||Mark Sweeney||2004 Col||5|
|David Dahl||1||Angel Echevarria||1999 Col||4|
|Matt Holliday||1||Howard Johnson||1994 Col||4|
|Tom Murphy||1||Greg Norton||2003 Col||4|
|Raimel Tapia||1||Ryan Raburn||2016 Col||4|
|Pat Valaika||2017 Col||4|
|John Vander Wal||1995 Col||4|
|Greg Norton||2001 Col||3|
|John Vander Wal||1998 Col||3|
|John Vander Wal||1996 Col||3|
The Rockies are in first place in the NL West,. a half game ahead of the Dodgers, and if they were in the wild-card standings, that would be a half-game back of the Carindals for the second wild-card spot, and two games behind the Brewers for the No. 1 slot.
Where They Stand
The Rockies 76-62 record is the second best in franchise history at the 138-game mark. It is one of only eight times in 26 years the Rockies have been above .500 this late in a season.