Time to bust out my miniature violin as this is the second time in a week that I have completely deleted an article and started over due to this team’s erratic play.
This crazy game known as baseball has been absolutely bizarre for the Colorado Rockies as this roller coaster of a season continues. The inconsistent, maddening, and sometimes euphoric play is driving me crazy, as well as many other fans, as we have seen on Twitter. I am not a psychologist, but I am diagnosing his team as bi-polar.
Thursday’s afternoon 7-5 extra innings defeat to the Cincinnati Reds is a prime example of how bi-polar this team has become. After 7 excellent innings by Tyler Anderson, the bullpen blew a 3-run lead in the 8th and 9th and then the surging offense failed to string together enough hits to drive in the go ahead run in the 4 extra innings, culminating in Jesse Winker‘s walk off homer.
To go along with Thursday’s loss, here are some more examples of just how bi-polar this team has become:
In the 25 year history of the Rockies, the Rockies have had only 6 losing seasons at home and only 2 winning seasons on the road. As of June 7th, the Rockies are 5 games under .500 at home and 7 games over on the road.
Just a few weeks ago, Mike Dunn was being praised for his fantastic month of May, now he can’t seem to buy an out. After having an 1.29 ERA in May, he has given up 6 runs in 1.1 innings in 4 appearances in June.
Wade Davis, who was the definition for consistent in the first 2 months of the season with 18 saves and a 2.35 ERA, has been the exact opposite as of late. In June he has given up 4 runs in 4 appearances recording a loss and a blown save.
The Rockies struggled to hit for the first 50+ games of the season, but the pitching was able keep them in ball games. Now, this team has gotten hot at the plate but the pitching can’t seem to get anyone out.
If this team is going to compete for the NL West title, they are going to need to piece all phases together otherwise we will continue to see these bi-polar results.