Colorado Rockies: Where they stand after another disastrous Coors sweep
By Colin Gaiser
Well, that wasn’t ideal.
The Arizona Diamondbacks and red-hot first-baseman Paul Goldschmidt cruised into Coors Field and obliterated the Colorado Rockies in their June 8-10 series. They outscored the Rockies 29-14 and torched the Rockies pitching staff for 21 extra base hits, including eight home runs.
The Rockies best shot at victory was in Saturday’s game, when they led 7-5. FanGraphs gave the Rockies an 84.5 percent chance of winning at one point, though the FanGraphs algorithm doesn’t account for calamitous bullpens. Of course, Bryan Shaw‘s nightmare inning handed the Diamondbacks the series.
With being swept, the Rockies have lost four game
Now that this painful series is over, what have we learned and what are some implications going forward?
Starting pitchers getting crushed at Coors
The Rockies are a rare club that’s managed to maintain the same five-man starting rotation for the entire season. However, the rotation is struggling, especially at home, and the Diamondbacks showed no mercy this weekend.
I’m not advocating for any kind of shakeup (yet). But German Marquez is having a dreadful season at Coors. His ERA is 7.71, his WHIP is 1.898 and he’s allowed a 36.7 percent hard-contact rate.
Chad Bettis is experiencing some nasty regression to the mean after a promising start to 2018. In his last six games, he’s posted an ERA of 7.67, and his peripheral stats are discouraging (like a 24.2 percent home run/fly ball rate). His last three starts are at Coors Field, and he’s given up 15 runs and six home runs in just 15.2 innings.