After only scoring a combined one run in two straight losses to the Miami Marlins, it is easy to be a little disappointed with the performance of the Rockies hitters. Of course, these were without Gonzalez and LeMahieu, but nonetheless it is always frustrating to lose these kinds of games.
Before the Rockies face the Chicago Cubs at 5 PM MT today, let’s look at two specific statistics from these games that had an impact on the results.
1-for-10 with runners in scoring position
Colorado was only 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, showing an inability to capitalize on their chances. Even the one hit, which came from Trevor Story, only move Desmond to third, and the Rockies were unable to drive him in after that. Another thing to note is that all 10 of these at-bats came on Saturday. Yes, the Rockies did not have one runner in scoring position on Sunday. This may be stating the obvious, but it is very hard to win a baseball game that way.
Something else to note would be that the Rockies left a total number of 11 players on base between the two games. They just could not strand a couple hits together to drive them in. Again, this touches on their inability to capitalize, and is something that they will look to improve as they head into this series with the Cubs.
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Part of the reason they were not able to drive in runs was that they could not put the ball in play to begin with. The biggest part this played was in the top of the 8th on Sunday. Parra started the inning with a single, but then three straight strikeouts put the inning to bed.
This was the second time in the game that all three outs in the inning occurred as means of a strikeout.
And these were not your usual suspects. Trevor Story only struck out twice in the two games, while David Dahl struck out in all 3 of his plate appearances on Sunday. The Rockies will be looking to limit the strikeouts, and create more opportunities as we continue through the season.
Baseball is a game of peaks and valleys, and more than likely, that is the case with Colorado right now. They are just going through a bit of a rough patch offensively, especially after LeMahieu left the game on Friday.
But, not to fear, this offense will bounce back very soon, and we can expect some big games and tacos again very soon.