The Colorado Rockies offense just put up an anemic performance in Milwaukee. What happened to this high-powered offense? Frank Thomas both summed it up and maybe offered some hope in the FS1 postgame when he said that, “hitting is contagious and slumps are contagious.” The Rockies offense certainly looks a bit under the weather right now.
Hopefully a change of scenery in a return to Coors Field will spread the hitting and run-scoring bug throughout the clubhouse. The Colorado Rockies are certainly capable of an offensive outburst with a lineup full of players that can get it done at the plate, but most of them haven’t done so far this postseason. Perhaps they’re trying to do too much but, in any case, Rockies fans just need them to do what they were doing before the playoffs.
Trevor Story has arguably had the most disappointing start to the postseason, going hitless in his last eight at-bats while often swinging at pitches out of the zone. However, it would be cruel to single out Story just because he’s an MVP candidate. Nobody has looked like the best version of themselves and, with a few exceptions, has met expectations of the Rockies team we saw make a strong playoff push to get here.
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The Team Batting Stats say a lot about why the Rockies are down 2-0 in the NLDS, needing both games at Coors to avoid elimination. However, the batters have consistently looked uncomfortable in their at-bats to me, especially in pressure situations with runners on base.
Granted it’s hard to have fun in situations when you are struggling and behind in the series, but a confident bunch just playing baseball seems more poised for a comeback in this series than a nervous bunch facing elimination.
Now if I knew how to turn it around, I would be playing or managing not writing these pieces. So I can’t really criticize anyone. However, as a Rockies fan, I just hope to see the Blake Street Bombers return to Coors Field on Sunday, and stay with us for the rest of what I hope is a long postseason.