Colorado Rockies: Foes Have Upper Hand With Two Outs
By Kevin Henry
If you’ve watched much of the Colorado Rockies this season, you know that the team has had a tough time closing out innings. Taking a look at the statistics, however, it’s amazing just how tough of a time it has been.
The Rockies currently trail all of the Major League Baseball with a 5.93 ERA, certainly part of the reason why Colorado has dropped five straight and seven of their last eight games. The Rockies received a break of sorts on Thursday afternoon when the final game of their four-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates was called off because of foul weather in downtown Denver. The “off day” comes at a good time for the Rockies as they were scheduled to play 20 straight games between April 22 and May 11.
But let’s break that 5.93 ERA down a little bit as the inning goes along. With no outs in the inning, the Colorado Rockies rank seventh in all of MLB with a 2.06 ERA. That’s pretty darn good. However, that’s also where things start to go downhill pretty quickly.
With one out in the inning, Colorado’s ERA jumps to 6.90, which ranks 29th out of MLB’s 30 teams. That’s bad … but it gets worse.
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With two outs in the inning, the Rockies pitching staff has posted an unfathomable 9.10 ERA, easily the worst in baseball. The New York Yankees are ranked 29th with a 7.76 ERA, meaning Colorado is more than a run worse in two-out situations than its nearest competitor.
Also with two outs in the inning, Colorado opponents are batting a league high .307 and have hit 13 homers. Only the Yankees (15) have surrendered more two-out homers than the Rockies.
The inability to close out innings bit the Rockies once again on Wednesday night as a two-out double by Jordy Mercer in the 12th inning provided the winning run for the Pirates in a 9-8 decision. Overall, Colorado has surrendered 64 of its league-high 133 runs allowed with two outs in the frame.
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If Colorado’s pitching is to improve any time soon, focusing on finishing the inning should be high on the list of things to do immediately.