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:
|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|
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.
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.
|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|
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.
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.