It is safe to say the Colorado Rockies haven’t had the first three months of the season we were hoping for. Going into today, the team sits at 39-46, a full 14 games behind the division-leading San Francisco Giants. However, there are goals the team should be looking to achieve before the All-Star break. Rox Pile looks at five things which must be done.
The Rockies biggest issue this year has been inconsistency. There are two or three good games, which is followed by a clunker or two. Both the pitching and the batting have been culprits at various times. It has been rare where both fire on the same day.
The starting pitching started off on fire, having a superb April and May. However, injuries and poor form crept in, which has hurt their performance. Tyler Chatwood, Chris Rusin, Jordan Lyles, Christian Bergman and Chad Bettis have all missed starts with injuries, as has closer Jake McGee.
Jorge De La Rosa and Eddie Butler were so bad at stages that they were demoted to the bullpen, only to be brought back to the rotation because of the injuries. Jon Gray, after having 14 consecutive starts to his career without a win, has finally broken through and apart from a disappointing outing against the St. Louis Cardinals (9 ER) has been generally very good, now sitting at five wins on the year.
The bats have had their moments, scoring at will in several games. They rank second in the National League in both team batting average (.271) and runs scored (440). But on the road, which was a main focus to improve in 2016, the Rockies rank 14th in batting average at .241 and 9th in runs scored at 188.
These ranks are reflected in their road record of 20-26.
The Rockies will want to finish off this half of the season by finishing on a high. There are five things which they must do before the All-Star break.
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