Colorado Rockies: Wake up the offense before Rocktober ends
By Aaron Hurt
September cast a huge mirage for the Colorado Rockies. All season long, the notion was that, sooner or later, this team was going to hit and last month finally gave that glimmer of hope that they had turned it around. Unfortunately, that hope has vanished and the Rockies are now on the brink of having the season end … due to their lack of offense.
Sunday, the Colorado Rockies return home to Coors Field for Game Three of the NLDS in must-win mode, trailing the Milwaukee Brewers 2-0 in the best of five series. They are in this hole because the offense has been indescribably ugly.
In the last four games, all on the road, they have only scored six runs in 41 innings of play, including being shut out on Friday. Six! The six runs aren’t even the worst of it as they are batting 25-for-142 (.176), including 2-for-26 (.077) with runners in scoring position, striking out 41 times and having left 29 runners on base.
It is September that created a false sense of security for the Rockies. It was one of their best months of the season statistically. However, looking a little closer, the same issues still exist.
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The Rockies scored a season-high 156 runs on 262 hits, including 45 home runs in the final month of the season … but only 35 of those runs came on the road (including Game 163). That is 2.92 runs per game in 12 road games. So it comes as no surprise that the Rockies offense has disappeared this week. Some might say its due to being tired by playing five games in six days in four different cities and three time zones but the road woes had already been trending.
The good news is they are heading home to where they averaged 7.1 runs in 17 games last month. Throw in their top pitchers, German Marquez and Kyle Freeland, who are scheduled to start Games Three and Four and the Rockies have the opportunity to get right back in this series.
But the Rockies offense have to snap out of this funk if they have any chance of advancing to the National League Championship Series. The time is now or this team will never hit.