UPDATED: Anderson + Coors = Comfortzone

Tyler Anderson

Tyler Anderson gets the call for the Rockies against the Marlins on Tuesday night at Coors Field in an effort to give the team a boost in its bid to hang on to an NL Wild-Card Spot. Anderson won’t be intimidated by the ballpark. Since the start of last season he has the lowest Coors Field ERA of any pitcher who has started a game for the Rockies.

ERA for Pitchers Who Started A Game for Rockies at Coors In 2016-17

Player W L Pct ERA
Tyler Anderson 7 5 .583 3.61
Kyle Freeland 6 7 .462 3.66
Jon Gray 11 3 .786 3.86
Chris Rusin 3 3 .500 4.06
German Marquez 7 3 .700 4.27
Chad Bettis 8 3 .727 4.36
Antonio Senzatela 8 3 .727 5.00
Tyler Chatwood 7 15 .318 6.03
Jeff Hoffman 2 4 .333 6.35

IN THE CLUTCH

The Rockies were MLB’s most dangerous team in the clutch prior to the All-Star Break. Since then, however, the clutch has been slipping, and the Rockies find themselves struggling to claim a post-season berth that for the first four months of the season seemed to be a given.

The Rockies do have the fifth highest batting average in MLB with runners in scoring position, but the season-longer numbers cover up the concern. At the All-Star Break the Rockies were hitting .309 with runners in scoring position. Since the All-Star Break, however, they are hitting .252 with runners on second and/or third base, the 10th lowest in MLB. That gives them a .284 average for the season.

Season AVG   Pre-ASG AVG   Post-ASG AVG
Orioles .291 Rockies .309 Rays .209
Nationals .291 Nationals .296 Brewers .223
Astros .290 Astros .295 Padres .230
Rockies .284 Orioles .286 White Sox .233
Red Sox .275 Braves .280 Blue Jays .234
Mariners .273 D-Backs .278 Dodgers .239
Braves .273 Red Sox .275 Athletics .244
Royals .269 Tigers .272 Angels .246
Twins .268 Mariners .268 D-Backs .249
 Tigers .267 Marlins .267 Rockies .252

BAD AND BADDER

Jonathan Lucroy

The last eight games have been a challenge for the Rockies. They have lost six of the eight games. And the offense hasn’t been able to make an impact. The Rockies have hit only .173 with runners in scoring position.

Regulars Overall Average and RISP last 8 Games

Player AVG RISP
Jonathan Lucroy .360 1-for-4
Ian Desmond .296 1-for-1
DJ LeMahieu .258 0-for-7
Trevor Story .226 1-for-6
Nolan Arenado .222 0-for-6
Charlie Blackmon .194 1-for-6
Gerardo Parra .273 3-for-11

BEHIND EIGHT BALL

The last eight games have been a challenge for the Rockies. They have lost six of the eight games. And the offense hasn’t been able to make an impact. The Rockies have hit only .173 with runners in scoring position.

Rockies Regulars Average and RISP last 8 Games

Player AVG RISP
Jonathan Lucroy .360 1-for-4
Ian Desmond .296 1-for-1
DJ LeMahieu .258 0-for-7
Trevor Story .226 1-for-6
Nolan Arenado .222 0-for-6
Charlie Blackmon .194 1-for-6
Gerardo Parra .172 3-for-22

IN A PINCH

Ichiro

Ichiro Suzuki, who a year ago collected the 3,000 hit of his MLB career at Coors Field, got the call to pinch-hit on Monday night against the Rockies. It was his 104th pinch-hit appearance of the season, 10 more than any other pinch-hitter since Stats, Inc., began tracking pinch-hit stats in 1974.

Rusty Staub is No. 2 on the list at 94 plate appearances with the 1983 Mets. John VanderWal is the Rockies all-time leader with 85 in 1995, which is tied for ninth on the all-time list.

Leaders (since 1974) in pinch-hit plate appearances

Player Season PA
Ichiro Suzuki 2017 Mia 104
Rusty Staub 1983 NYM 94
Mark Sweeney 2008 LAD 92
Lenny Harris 2001 NYM 89
Greg Norton 2009 Atl 89
Mark Sweeney 2007 SF-LAD 89
Jacob Cruz 2005 Cin 88
Orlando Palmeiro 2006 Hou 87
Orlando Palmeiro 2007 Hou 85
Gerald Perry 1993 StL 85
Tim Raines 2002 Fla 85
John Vander Wal 1995 Col 85

CAUGHT IN QUICK SAND

The second NL wild-card spot remains very much a three-team battle. Why? Because none of the three has put together an impactful streak in the second half of the season. The top two teams in the wild-card standings — the Rockies and Brewers have losing records since the All-Star Break.

NL Wild-Card Contenders Since the All-Star Break

Team W L Pct Sv SvOP ERA
Cardinals 38 30 .559 15 21 3.98
Brewers 32 33 .492 24 34 3.84
Rockies 32 34 .485 17 23 4.62
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