FYI: Rockies Have Rare Road Romp & More

 

The Rockies scored 13 runs against the Mets and did it in New York. … The D-Backs are in a funk. … The Dodgers are on a rampage. … The Nationals know they have to be better at finishing games. ,,, And the A’s are starting over.

The Rockies 13-4 victory against the Mets on Sunday marked the 112th time in franchise history that they have scored 13 or more runs in a game, but only the 20th time on the road.

They got off to a quick start thanks to the return of Ian Desmond, who came off the disabled list and singled home two runs in the first, and also scored in that four-run rally. He also doubled in the fourth, setting up a Gerardo Parra sacrifice fly and then walked in the sixth at which time he was replaced as a precautionary move.

 

Rockies games on the road in which they scored 13 or more runs:

Date Opp R
9/25/2011 Hou 19
5/5/2016 SF 17
8/12/1995 Atl 16
8/10/2001 Cin 16
8/3/2003 Pit 16
4/5/1997 Mon 15
9/24/2008 SF 15
5/4/1993 ChC 14
6/6/1996 Hou 14
8/12/2000 Mon 14
8/9/2001 ChC 14
10/7/2001 SD 14
8/6/2005 Ari 14
6/14/2006 Was 14
6/17/1994 LA 13
5/5/1999 ChC 13
7/18/2006 Pit 13
4/13/2008 Ari 13
8/16/2008 Was 13
7/16/2017 NYM 13

THE DIAMONDBACKS are in 3-10 slump that has left them just a game ahead of the Rockies in the race for the No. 1 NL wild-card spot.  Since winning back-to-back games against the Rockies July 1-2, they have lost eight of nine. They were swept in three games by the Dodgers, lost two of three to the Reds, and opened the post-All-Star portion of their schedule by being swept in a three-game visit to Atlanta. Five of the eight losses have been by one run. Now they head to Cincinnati for three and then return home to host the NL East leading Nationals and the Braves for three games each. They have 37 of their final 70 games on the road.

The offense has been slugging. Paul Goldschmidt is the only player with at least 10 at-bats hitting above .300 during the streak, and six regulars are hitting below .200.

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG
Paul Goldschmidt 9 36 3 11 1 0 2 5 .306
Daniel Descalso 6 17 2 5 1 0 1 5 .294
Jeff Mathis 4 11 0 3 1 0 0 1 .273
Brandon Drury 8 24 3 6 2 0 0 1 .250
David Peralta 7 26 2 6 1 0 0 2 .231
Chris Owings 9 36 3 8 0 0 0 1 .222
A.J. Pollock 9 27 2 5 1 0 1 1 .185
Jake Lamb 9 29 2 5 1 0 2 2 .172
Ketel Marte 8 19 2 3 0 0 1 1 .158
Chris Iannetta 5 13 2 2 1 0 0 0 .154
Gregor Blanco 7 14 0 2 1 0 0 0 .143
Chris Herrmann 8 18 2 2 1 0 0 0 .111

 THEN THERE ARE the Dodgers. They have taken charge in the NL West, opening a 10 1/2-game lead on the second place D-Backs and 11 1/2 on the Rockies. They have won 29 of their last 33 games. They have five of the last nine by one run. And their next 18 games included only three against a team with a winning record — the Twins at Dodger Stadium July 24-26.

Clayton Kershaw

The pitching staff has compiled a 2.99 ERA and allowed a .218 batting average in the 33 games, and it’s not surprise that Clayton Kershaw has led the way. He has won all seven of his starts, compiling a 2.01 ERA. And Kenley Jensen is 14-for-14 in saves.

Dodgers pitchers in the last 33 games:

Player W L Sv ERA AVG
Clayton Kershaw 7 0 0 2.01 .170
Alex Wood 5 0 0 1.40 .152
Rich Hill 4 2 0 3.15 .197
Josh Fields 3 0 0 6.23 .219
Kenta Maeda 3 1 1 2.81 .237
Pedro Baez 2 1 0 2.84 .333
Luis Avilan 1 0 0 5.79 .350
Kenley Jansen 1 0 14 0.53 .103
Brandon McCarthy 1 0 0 3.60 .255
Hyun-Jin Ryu 1 0 0 4.58 .321
Ross Stripling 1 0 0 9.00 .378
Grant Dayton 0 0 0 2.84 .105
Chris Hatcher 0 0 0 6.43 .241
Brandon Morrow 0 0 0 3.72 .256
Josh Ravin 0 0 0 0.00 .143
Sergio Romo 0 0 0 5.06 .238
Brock Stewart 0 0 1 0.00 .088
Sean Dolittle

THE NATIONALS have the second best record in the NL (55-36), but they don’t have much relief, which is why the Nationals were willing to expand their payroll by roughly $4.8 million for the remainder of this year to add left Sean Dolittle (lefties are 0-for-23 against him this season) and right-hander Ryan Madson (2.40 ERA). Both pithers are under control for next year — Madson at $7.7 million and Dolittle at $4.38 million.

Blake Treiner

The price in terms of layers wasn’t excessive. The A’s add reliever Blake Treiner and two low-level minor leagues — infielder Sheldon Neuse, who is at the Single-A level, and lefty Jesus Luzardo, who is pitching in the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League.

But then the Nationals have never been to the World Series since their inception as the Expos in 1969, and while they have advanced to the post-season in three of the last five years they were eliminated in the best-of-five Division Series each time.

Despite their success this year the Expos bullpen ranks last in the majors in ERA (5.30), 10th in the NL in save percentage (61.1) and eighth in the NL in saves (22).

NL bullpens:

Team ERA   Team SV%   Team Sv
Dodgers 2.95 Rockies 78.9 Rockies 30
Cubs 3.33 Dodgers 75.0 Brewers 30
D-Backs 3.58 Padres 70.6 Dodgers 27
Pirates 3.82 Reds 70.4 Cardinals 26
Brewers 4.01 Cardinals 70.3 Padres 24
Reds 4.07 Brewers 69.8 D-Backs 23
Cardinals 4.10 Cubs 67.7 Braves 23
Marlins 4.11 Giants 66.7 Nationals 22
Giants 4.16 D-Backs 65.7 Cubs 21
 Padres 4.41 Nationals 61.1 Giants 20
Braves 4.42 Mets 59.4 Reds 19
Rockies 4.43  Pirates 58.1 Mets 19
Phillies 4.51 Braves 57.5 Pirates 18
Mets 4.97 Marlins 53.1 Marlins 17
Nationals 5.30 Phillies 44.0 Phillies 11

AND THEN THERE ARE the A’s, who are in a full-fledged rebuilding plan that could lead to more trades in the two weeks remaining before the trading deadline. With the trade of Dolittle and recent deal that sent StephenVogt to the Brewers, none of the 20 players who appeared in the 2014 post-season remain.They are on pace for their third consecutive last place finish in the AL West, and have the worst record in the AL since the start of the 2015 season. They rank 13th in team ERA and 14th in runs scored.

The AL stat standings:

Team W L Pct   Team ERA   Team Runs
Astros 231 184 .557 Indians 3.77 Red Sox 2063
Rangers 228 186 .551 Astros 3.84 Blue Jays 2024
Blue Jays 224 190 .541 Blue Jays 3.96  Astros 1992
Red Sox 222 193 .535 Rays 4.00 Rangers 1966
Indians 222 189 .540 Royals 4.02 Yankees 1929
Royals 220 193 .533 Yankees 4.06 Indians 1870
 Yankees 217 195 .527 Red Sox 4.08 Mariners 1863
Orioles 212 202 .512 Angels 4.13 Tigers 1861
Mariners 207 209 .498  White Sox 4.15 Orioles 1860
 Angels 204 214 .488 Mariners 4.17 Twins 1830
Tigers 200 211 .487 Rangers 4.29 Royals 1764
Bay Rays 197 219 .474 Orioles 4.36 Angels 1759
White Sox 192 221 .465 Athletics 4.40 Bay Rays 1752
Twins 188 226 .454 Tigers 4.53 Athletics 1739
Athletics 178 237 .429 Twins 4.64 White Sox 1710
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