Rockies Looking to Make Hay by the Bay

Think the Rockies are struggling? Check out the Giants. The Rockies have had a challenging week — and on Sunday saw their season-worst winning streak extended to five games. But that was against the Dodgers. Monday the venue changes to AT&T Park and the opponent will be the Giants.

Now, you want to talk about struggling, then talk about the Giants.

The Rockies have fallen from first place in the NL West to third place by losing the final two games of a three-game series with the Diamondbacks at Coors field last week, and then being swept in a three-game visit to Dodger Stadium. They do, however, remain 6 1/2 games up on the Cubs in the wild-card race.

The Giants? They are in last place in the NL West, 23 1/2 games back of the NL West-leading Dodgers, and 20 games back of the Rockies for that final wild-card spot. That’s a Rockies team that is 10-1 against the Giants this year.

Big deal? Well, with nine games left between the Giants and the Rockies the Rockies are one win shy of their most wins in a season against the Giants. They have assured themselves of a winning record against the Giants for only the sixth time in the Rockies’ 25-year history.

The Rockies year by year against the Giants ranked by winning percentage:

Season                               Wins               Losses         Pct.                                ERA

2017 10 1 .905 3.95
1995 8 5 .615 4.55
2008 11 7 .611 3.48
1998 7 5 .583 4.58
2015 11 8 .579 4.18
2007 10 8 .556 4.75
2006 10 8 .556 4.95
2014 10 9 .526 4.67
2010 9 9 .500 3.80
2001 9 10 .474 4.25
2013 9 10 .474 4.43
2016 9 10 .474 4.56
2000 6 7 .462 6.63
2009 8 10 .444 4.13
2002 8 11 .421 5.79
2004 8 11 .421 6.05
2005 7 11 .389 5.25
1996 5 8 .385 5.35
2003 7 12 .368 4.87
1997 4 8 .333 5.07
1999 4 9 .308 7.86
1994 3 7 .300 6.78
2011 5 13 .278 4.63
1993 3 10 .231 5.97
2012 4 14 .222 6.68

How bad are things for the Giants? Well, the Rockies losing streak had come against the Dodgers and Diamondbacks, who rank 1-2 in the NL in winning percentage. But then the Rockies have the NL’s third best record.

The Giants, meanwhile, at 27-50, have the second worst record in the big leagues, ahead of only the Phillies (24-90). They are on a pace for a 57-105 season, which would be the worst in franchise history.  And after being swept at home by the Mets, the Giants have lost 11 of their last 12 games.

The Giants have never lost more than 100 games in a season, and since their inception in 1883 they have suffered through only 11 seasons of 90 or more losses.

Wins Losses Win Pct.
1985 62 100 .383
1943 55 98 .359
1984 66 96 .407
1996 68 94 .420
1946 61 93 .396
1979 71 91 .438
2007 71 91 .438
1899 60 90 .400
1974 72 90 .444
1992 72 90 .444
2008 72 90 .444

Source: Stats Inc.

That’s not to try and ignore the fact the Rockies are facing a challenging stretch. The five-game losing streak is one thing, but the most recent loss, on Sunday, was one where they had a 6-4 lead in the seventh and lost 12-6.

How bad was it? Well, reliever Adam Ottavino threw four wild pitches, a key reason the two teams combined to throw eight wild pitches, the most in MLB since 1913 according to Stats, Inc.  Giants starter Brandon McCarty had three and Rockies starter Tyler Anderson one.  Three runs scored on an Ottavino wild pitch. Ottavino’s four wild pitches equaled a Rockies single-game record set by David Hale against the Mets on Aug. 23, 2015. Five Dodgers runs scored on wild pitches, the most since 1920, according to Elias News Bureau.

Given a 5-0 lead by the time he took the mound in the third inning, Anderson gave up two two-run home runs in that inning and was lifted because of soreness in his left knee, which was the reason he was recently on the disabled list, and returned to the disabled list on Monday. Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez also was put on the disabled list Monday becuase of shoulder soreness..

While the five-game losing streak has come against the Diamondbacks and Dodgers, the Rockies still have the best record within the NL West of any of the teams in the division.

Team W L Pct ERA
Rockies 25 16 .610 4.51
Diamondbacks 21 15 .583 3.85
Dodgers 19 16 .543 3.43
Padres 13 21 .382 5.31
Giants 12 22 .353 4.93

Source: Stats Inc.

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