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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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).
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:
|Blue Jays||224||190||.541||Blue Jays||3.96||Astros||1992|
|White Sox||192||221||.465||Athletics||4.40||Bay Rays||1752|