4X4: Blackmon In High Cotton; Bullpen Woes
Two games into the season and the Rockies are 0-2. Big deal? Time will tell, but they lost the first two games of a season only five times in their previous 25 years, and that included the first two seasons in franchise history -- 1993 and 1994.
Only once in the five previous times that they started 0-2 did they finish with a winning record.
Okay, the Rockies are going to take a different route to the post-season, if they advance this year, than they did a year ago. Having lost their first two games of the season, the Rockies already are two games back in the NL West, and tied for last in the battle for the two NL wild-card spots.
Yes, it is early, but it is worth noting that the Rockies got off to such a fast start last year that every day of the regular season -- 181 days -- they were in position to claim a post-season spot.
Just how big of a season did Charlie Blackmon enjoy in 2017? Well among center fielders, he and three Hall of Famers are the only ones to have an average of .330 or better, score 130 or more runs, and have 85 or more extra-base hits.
The Rockies bulllpen has been tested in the first two games of the season and it has struggled. Rockies relievers worked 9 2/3 innings in two games, the fifth most in MLB in the first two days of the season. The bullpen ERA of 6.52 is the seventh highest among the 30 MLB teams.