Rockies Making a Pitch on the Road

The Rockies have become road warriors. They have won 12 of their first 17 road games, a key aspect to the best start (25-15) in franchise history. And the key? Well, it is the pitching staff. The Rockies aren’t mauling the opposition, just beating them.

The Rockies, in fact, have the best road record in baseball this season.

Team W L Pct
Colorado Rockies 12 5 .706
Houston Astros 14 6 .700
Minnesota Twins 11 5 .688
Washington Nationals 13 6 .684
St. Louis Cardinals 10 6 .625
Milwaukee Brewers 10 7 .588
New York Yankees 10 7 .588
Cleveland Indians 12 9 .571
Chicago Cubs 11 10 .524
Baltimore Orioles 10 11 .476
Boston Red Sox 8 9 .471
Detroit Tigers 9 11 .450
New York Mets 8 10 .444
Cincinnati Reds 7 9 .438
Atlanta Braves 10 13 .350
Chicago White Sox 9 12 .429
Los Angeles Dodgers 9 12 .429
Miami Marlins 8 11 .421
Tampa Bay Rays 8 12 .400
Arizona Diamondbacks 6 10 .375
Toronto Blue Jays 7 12 .368
Los Angeles Angels 7 13 .350
Pittsburgh Pirates 8 15 .348
Texas Rangers 6 12 .333
San Diego Padres 7 16 .304
Seattle Mariners 7 16 .304
Oakland Athletics 6 14 .300
Philadelphia Phillies 6 14 .300
Kansas City Royals 5 12 .294
San Francisco Giants 6 15 .286

 

This is a franchise that has a winning road record only once – 41-40 in 2009. The offense isn’t as explosive on the road as it is at Coors Field, but the biggest problem in the past is that the pitching staff has struggled away from Coors Field, as well as at home.

This year, though, the Rockies pitching staff has made an impression outside of Coors Field.

The road ERA would be the lowest in franchise history and is a full half run better than 1995, currently the lowest road ERA for a season in franchise history.

Season W L Pct ERA AVG
2017 12 5 .706 3.21 .218
1995 33 39 .458 3.71 .254
2010 31 50 .383 4.02 .251
2009 41 40 .506 4.03 .256
2011 35 46 .432 4.15 .247
1998 35 46 .432 4.23 .267
2007 39 42 .481 4.29 .259
2015 32 49 .395 4.37 .262
2016 33 48 .407 4.37 .259
2000 34 47 .420 4.39 .257
2012 29 52 .358 4.41 .273
2001 32 49 .395 4.42 .259
2013 29 52 .358 4.44 .273
1994 28 32 .467 4.57 .278
2006 32 49 .395 4.59 .271
2014 21 60 .259 4.62 .267
2008 31 50 .383 4.70 .271
2004 30 51 .370 4.77 .271
1997 36 45 .444 4.81 .285
1999 33 48 .407 4.84 .270
2002 26 55 .321 4.92 .270
1996 28 53 .346 4.97 .264
1993 28 53 .346 4.99 .279
2005 27 54 .333 5.07 .279
2003 25 56 .309 5.35 .290

 

Meanwhile, the Rockies are hitting .236 outside Coors Field, which would rank 18th on the franchise’s all-time road chart.

Season G AVG OBP SLG
2007 81 .261 .336 .395
1998 81 .257 .311 .401
2001 81 .253 .321 .410
1997 81 .253 .327 .432
2000 81 .252 .320 .368
1994 60 .251 .317 .401
2008 81 .249 .322 .377
1999 81 .248 .310 .390
2006 81 .247 .316 .408
1995 72 .247 .315 .384
2013 81 .246 .298 .374
2016 81 .246 .302 .398
2004 81 .246 .315 .403
2011 81 .242 .309 .373
2012 81 .241 .291 .371
1993 81 .240 .285 .362
2003 81 .239 .316 .388
2017 17 .236 .296 .383
2009 81 .235 .319 .399
2002 81 .234 .297 .348
2005 81 .232 .299 .359
2014 81 .228 .279 .357
2015 81 .228 .277 .375
1996 81 .228 .295 .357
2010 81 .226 .303 .350

 

Rookie starters Antonio Senzatela and Kyle Freeland have been impactful in their road efforts.

ERA
Shane Carle 0.00
Mike Dunn 0.00
German Marquez 0.00
Scott Oberg 0.00
Chad Qualls 0.00
Chris Rusin 0.87
Adam Ottavino 1.80
Greg Holland 1.93
Kyle Freeland 2.42
Antonio Senzatela 2.50
Jake McGee 2.84
Carlos Estevez 3.38
Tyler Chatwood 3.98
Jon Gray 6.43
Tyler Anderson 7.78
Jordan Lyles 9.00

 

And while the Rockies have had their offensive problems on the road, Ian Desmond is tops in the majors for players with at least 15 at-bats in road batting average going into Wednesday.

Player G AVG OBP SLG
Ryan Hanigan 1 .600 .600 1.200
Chris Rusin 5 .500 .500 .500
Ian Desmond 5 .391 .391 .652
Alexi Amarista 8 .333 .375 .600
Nolan Arenado 17 .318 .387       .621
Mark Reynolds 16 .295 .343 .492
DJ LeMahieu 17 .277 .356 .308
Dustin Garneau 10 .258 .343 .419
Stephen Cardullo 8 .250 .368 .250
Antonio Senzatela 3 .250 .250 .250
Charlie Blackmon 17 .233 .273 .370
Tony Wolters 8 .222 .25 .259
Gerardo Parra 13 .220 .256 .317
Trevor Story 15 .163 .305 .469
Carlos Gonzalez 17 .152 .200 .227
Tyler Anderson 4     .143 .143 .143
Pat Valaika 6 .091 .167 .091
Cristhian Adames 5 .000 .000 .000
Tyler Chatwood 3 .000 .000 .000
Kyle Freeland 3 .000 .000 .000
Jon Gray 2 .000 .000 .000
German Marquez 1 .000 .000 .000
Raimel Tapia 2 .000 .000 .000
Shane Carle 1 DNA DNA DNA
Mike Dunn 7 DNA DNA -DNA
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