Maybe it is the innocence of youth. There, however, is no maybe about the fact that the four rookies who have been in the Rockies rotation this year has had success at Coors Field. That’s a good thing, too. Looking to claim a post-season berth for the first time since 2009, the Rockies played 37 of their final 67 games at home.
And that includes six games this week — three against the Padres beginning on Monday night and then a three-game visit by the Pirates and former Rockies manager Clint Hurdle.
Where the Rockies play their remaining games and their all-time results in the ballparks:
|Team||at Stadium||W||L||Pct.||To Play|
|Cardinals||Busch Stadium II||29||29||.500||3|
The rookies figure to start five of the six games on this homestand. The lone exception would be Jon Gray on Wednesday afternoon against the Padres. German Marquez has been announced as the Monday starter with indications that Antonio Senzatela will be recalled after one start at Triple-A Albquerque and rejoin the rotation on Tuesday with Gray on Wednesday.
Kyle Freeland, who was initially going to keep two turns in the rotation and work out of the bullpen as part of the Rockies attempt to limit the innings for the rookies, could rejoin the rotation in place of Tyler Chatwood, who went on the disabled list Sunday. The Rockies are off on Thursday so they could merely skip that spot in the rotation, and go with Hoffman in Friday’s opener followed by Marquez and Senzatela against the Pirates next weekend. That would put Freeland in line for the originally planned July 24 start at St. Louis. but it also would mean not taking advantage of the off day to rest a young rotation that the Rockies want to be careful to not overwork.
With the foursome the Rockies became the first team to have four rookie pitchers with at least five wins each at the All-Star Break.
The four rookies are a combined 17-9 at Coors Field, led by Senzatela, who is 7-2 in nine Coors Field starts. And the Rockies are 19-10 in games started by the four freshmen at home. It’s not like they have been bad on the road. The Rockies are 16-12 in road starts by the four.
How the Rockies started have fared at home and on the road:
Boled denotes rookie
x denotes disabled list
The rookies are going to be key factors in the Rockies post-season bid. The team managed to salvage the final game in its three-game visit to Coors Field, but has lost 15 of its last 20, and has gone from first-place in the NL West to third.
The good news for the Rockies is that while Arizona beat them four times in five games during the 20-game struggle, the Diamonds have been struggling in the last two weeks, losing 10 of 13. As a result, the Rockies maybe 11 1/2 games behind the first-place Dodgers, but they are only a game behind the D-Backs in the battle for the No. 1 seeded wild-card berth in the NL.
The Rockies also are 5 1/2 games ahead of the Cubs for the second wild-card spot, and the Cubs (46-45) are the only team other than the three division leaders, Rockies and D-Backs in the NL with a winning record. The Braves are six games behind the Rockies and the Cardinals 7 1/2.
After compiling a winning record in each of the first three months of the season for the first time in franchise history the Rockies are 5-7 to open July, including losing all three games started by Chatwood. They play six of the 12 remaining games in July at home — the three with the Padres and three with the Pirates — and then hit the road for three games at St. Louis and three at Washington. The Nationals are the only one of the four teams the Rockies still have to play in July with a winning record.
The Rockies play 16 of their 27 games in August at home, and play teams with a winning record in only five games — two at Cleveland and three at home with the Brewers.
They have 15 of 29 at home in the final month of the season. They have 14 of those games against teams with winning records — seven each with the D-Backs and Dodgers, both of whom come to Coors Field for three games and host the Rockies in four-game series.