The Rockies went through a mid-season swoon. It knocked them out of first place in the NL West, where they spent 67 of the first 86 days of the season. And while the Dodgers have run off with the divisional lead, the Rockies have rebounded in the last four weeks and now are back in control of their own post-season destiny in the wild-card race.

And it was a team effort during that mid-season funk.

The pitching staff struggled.

Rockies pitching split into three sections of the season:

Team W L IP H R HR BB SO ERA
April 3-June 20 47 26 652.1 609 311 86 242 578 4.11
June 21-July 15 5 15 176 206 131 26 82 156 6.34
July 16-Aug. 10 13 8 188.1 207 107 28 68 166 4.87
Kyle Freeland

And it was a teamwide funk in the June 21-July 15 struggle. Kyle Freeland had the lowest ERA among Rockies starting pitchers at 4.40, the only one with an ERA lower than 5.94. Jon Gray was the only starter with more than one victory, and Tyler Chatwood pitched himself out of the rotation, losing all four of his starts.

Player W L Pct G GS IP H R BB SO ERA
Kyle Freeland 1 3 .250 5 4 28.2 26 14 10 19 4.40
German Marquez 1 1 .500 3 3 16.2 21 11 5 13 5.94
Jeff Hoffman 1 1 .500 4 4 24.1 25 18 10 14 6.66
Jon Gray 2 1 .667 3 3 13.2 24 13 5 16 7.90
Tyler Chatwood 0 4 .000 4 4 16 19 17 18 13 8.44
Antonio Senzatela 0 1 .000 4 1 10 9 10 6 8 9.00
Tyler Anderson 0 0 2 1 3.1 6 4 3 4 10.80

The pitching staff, however, was not the long culprit. The offense had it’s mid-season funk, as well. They averaged 5.3 runs a game in the first 73 games of the season, but the average fell to 3.95 during the 20-game funk. They have averaged 6.2 runs in the 21 games of the revival.

Dates G AB R H 2B 3B HR BB SO AVG
April 2-June 20 73 2502 387 689 131 17 88 209 623 0.275
June 21-July 15 20 684 79 164 23 5 16 54 200 0.24
July 16-Aug. 10 21 731 131 221 51 4 30 67 184 0.302
Gerardo Parra
Charlie Blackmon

The Rockies had only three position players hit .300 in that 20-game mid-season slump, and one of those, Gerardo Parra, was on the disabled list for all but five games. Charlie Blackmon had five home runs, but only eight RBI.

Player AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Gerardo Parra 20 4 8 3 0 0 6 0 2 .400
DJ LeMahieu 55 8 20 1 0 1 5 4 6 .364
Nolan Arenado 73 10 23 3 1 2 13 5 10 .315
Raimel Tapia 61 12 19 5 2 2 6 4 14 .311
Charlie Blackmon 81 13 23 1 1 5 8 8 14 .284
Ian Desmond 39 3 10 0 0 0 1 3 12 .256
Mike Tauchman 9 0 2 0 0 0 1 3 1 .222
Mark Reynolds 65 12 14 2 1 2 6 14 32 .215
Pat Valaika 38 4 8 1 0 2 9 1 9 .211
Trevor Story 64 3 12 2 0 1 7 2 31 .188
Ryan Hanigan 17 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 7 .176
Tony Wolters 41 1 7 1 0 0 3 5 12 .171
Carlos Gonzalez 33 1 5 1 0 0 2 2 13 .152
Tom Murphy 14 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 4 .071
Alexi Amarista 29 3 2 0 0 0 0 2 8 .069

One thing the Rockies have done is reaffirm their home field dominance since June 1.  The Rockies have the second best home run in baseball since June 1 at 20-8. The Dodgers are 26-5. In the first two months, however, they were one game above .500 at Coors Field in each month, giving them the fifth best home-field record in the NL in April at May at 15-13.

Team W L Pct Team W L Pct
Dodgers 26 5 .839 D-Backs 21 8 .724
Rockies 20 8 .714 Dodgers 21 8 .724
Cardinals 20 11 .645 Nationals 16 9 .640
D-Backs 16 11 .593 Cubs 14 11 .560
Pirates 18 13 .581 Rockies 15 13 .536
Padres 17 13 .567 Reds 14 13 .519
Marlins 16 13 .552 Pirates 14 13 .519
Brewers 17 14 .548 Brewers 14 15 .483
Nationals 16 14 .533 Giants 13 14 .481
Cubs 15 15 .500 Cardinals 13 15 .464
Braves 16 18 .471 Padres 12 14 .462
Reds 15 18 .455 Braves 10 12 .455
Mets 13 16 .448 Mets 13 16 .448
Phillies 13 16 .448 Phillies 10 13 .435
 Giants 14 18 .438 Marlins 11 15 .423

 

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