The sky seems to be falling for the Colorado Rockies. First, it was the lack of moves made at the trade deadline followed by back to back soul crushing walkoff losses given up by closer Wade Davis.
But lost in all of the disappointments that have plagued the Rockies this past week, there is one thing that has been severely overlooked. Where has the offense gone? The bats need to be held accountable for the team’s recent struggles.
In the last 12 games, dating back to July 22, the Rockies have scored more than 4 runs in a game one time…ONE!!!
Luckily, the Rockies have managed to go 5-7 in those 12 games, largely due to excellent starting pitching (not including Saturday’s debacle), but the offense needs to start holding up its end off the bargain if they plan on sticking in the playoff race.
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To break down just how bad the Rockies’ offense has been the last 12 games, here are just a few numbers:
The Rockies have averaged 3.2 runs per game with an ugly .229 batting average and 114 strikeouts. In those games, they have also hit a much worse 16 for 82 (.195) with runners in scoring position and have left a total of 78 runners on base.
What those numbers don’t show is the lack of fundamental baseball that have cut down on the opportunities for the Rockies crossing the plate. From the failed bunt attempts (which may have factored into the demotion of Raimel Tapia) to baserunning errors and empty at-bats moving runners over, there has been a countless number of little mistakes costing the Rockies.
And let’s not forget the Rockies have all of a sudden stopped being aggressive on the bases. For a team that was once in the top 5 in the NL in stolen bases, they have only successfully stolen one base in four attempts in these last 12 games.
The good news is that even though the Rockies have now lost four games in a row, they are still only a handful of games out in both the NL West and the Wild Card. Unfortunately, not only do they need to figure out the back end of the bullpen, they need to figure out how to score runs. Time is getting short. Find the offense.