Colorado Rockies: Scouting report on Cleveland and a homecoming for Bud Black and Jack Corrigan
The Rockies will be facing the American League Champion Cleveland Indians for a two-game series at 5:10 MST. The Rockies faced the Indians in June in a two-game series in Denver. However, much has changed for both franchises since then.
The Rockies and Cleveland Indians faced each other on June 6 and 7. The Rockies swept the defending American League champions handedly as the Rockies won the games by the scores of 11-3 and 8-1. Cleveland left Denver with a 29-28 record and they had a team ERA of 4.03 after the series. The offense had struggled all season long as, at the end of the series, they were hitting .247 with a .321 on-base percentage and a .418 slugging percentage. The Rockies, at the end of the series were 38-23 with a team ERA of 4.09. On the hitting front, they ended the series with a .269 batting average, a .330 on-base percentage, and a .444 slugging percentage.
Since June 7
However, since then Cleveland has gone 30-22 with a team ERA of 3.50. The team has also hit .277 with a .352 on-base percentage and a .458 slugging percentage since the end of the series.
The Rockies have not played as well since then as they are only 26-25 since the series ended. The pitching, in particular, has faltered as since that time, they have had an ERA of 5.40. The offense has actually improved a bit since then. In the 51 games since then, the Rockies hitters have a batting average of .283 (a six point rise), a .341 on-base percentage (an eleven point rise), and a .446 slugging percentage (a two point rise).