Colorado Rockies: series preview against the Diamondbacks
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In their 13 game winning streak, the D’Backs averaged 6.2 runs per game. However, in their most recent series against the Padres, their averaged runs scored nearly dropped a full run to 5.3.
For their pitching staff, during their streak, they had a 1.91 ERA. However against the Padres (who have the worst offense in baseball as they are last or second to last in baseball in nearly every category), they had an ERA of 6.33 in their three game series.
In 14 games from August 19 to September 3, the Rockies went 4-10. They only had an offensive slash line of .241/.326/.381 in that span and they only averaged 3.4 runs. On the pitching front, they had a 4.73 in that span.
However, since September 4, the Rockies have won six of seven and in that span, they have an offensive slashline of .292/.366/.500 with an average of 6.3 runs per game. Their pitching has a 3.71 in this span. If you exclude their only loss, their ERA is a sparkling 2.83.
The Rockies are on a roll and even though they will be facing some tough starters in the series, they faced tough starters against the Dodgers and they swept them. The offense and pitching are both running on all cylinders and that will be a key for the series against the Diamondbacks.
If they sweep the Diamondbacks, the Rockies would only be one game back of them for the first wild card so it is not out of the cards yet. Also, if that happens, it would be the first time that the Rockies would go 8-0 on a road trip. The only similar stretch was in June of 2009 when the Rockies finished an eleven game road trip with eight straight wins (after three losses to the Astros). The streak was from June 4 through June 14.
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You can’t expect a sweep but this series is very important for the Rockies and if they do well, I would just about ready to punch their ticket to the wild card game