Colorado Rockies: Two things we learned on Tuesday
The Colorado Rockies dropped their second consecutive game against Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night with a 10-4 loss. In all, Seattle logged 19 hits against Rockies pitching in an ugly evening for the purple pinstripes.
Colorado (33-21) now follows Seattle (24-29) to the Pacific Northwest to finish this four-game, home-and-home interleague series.
So what did we see on Tuesday night? Here are two things.
Tyler Anderson simply can’t stop giving up the long ball
Part of Anderson’s nightmarish night at Coors Field on Tuesday including giving up his 13th homer of the season, a two-run bomb that put the Mariners up 2-0 in the second inning.
He also can’t stop giving up runs. Anderson has now surrendered 39 earned runs this season in 11 starts. That’s the second-highest total in Major League Baseball behind the 41 given up by Bartolo Colon.
By the way, Colorado teammate Tyler Chatwood is fifth on the list with 36 earned runs allowed.
Tuesday’s outing also boosted Anderson’s ground ball to fly ball ratio to 1.41, third-highest in Major League Baseball. His WHIP is 1.48, the 10th-highest in MLB.
Granted, Anderson came into Tuesday night’s game with a 2-1 mark and 2.55 ERA in May. However, his outing against the Mariners was reminiscent of an April that saw him go 1-3 with a 7.71 ERA. The main reason? The number of hits allowed. Anderson gave up a season-high 11 in five innings against Seattle. Opponents hit .231 against him in May before Tuesday versus .303 in April.
Colorado manager Bud Black said location was the issue for Anderson on Tuesday.
"“Too much stuff up in the strike zone,” Black told reporters after the game. “He was in the strike zone up when he needed to be down. I think overall his command was lacking throughout the game with all of his pitches.”"