Colorado Rockies: 3 things that will make or break September
By Kevin Henry
Get the timely hits
It’s no secret that Colorado struggled to score last month and get the hit when runners were in scoring position. After batting .297 in July, the Rockies dipped to .269 last month, its lowest month for average since April. It also saw dips in OBP (.350 to .347), OPS (.490 to .444) and OPS (.840 to .791). After scoring 148 runs in July, Colorado plated a season-low 117 in August.
In Colorado’s last 22 games of August, the Rockies scored more than three runs on just seven occasions. That simply has to change.
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Colorado lived and died by the long ball last month. The 35 home runs hit were the most since the team blasted 36 in April. However, there were just three triples among the 245 total hits as Colorado struggled to find its offensive rhythm.
So there are plenty of doom and gloom statistics above. But here’s the thing to remember: Colorado is still tied (along with the Washington Nationals) with the second-best team batting average with runners in scoring position this season (.297). With two outs and runners in scoring position, the Rockies are the best in the National League this season at .293. That’s even with the struggles last month. It proves that Colorado batters have come through in the big situations before August. It also shows the team has the capability to do it again.