Colorado Rockies: A return to Home, Sweet Home

DENVER, CO - APRIL 7: Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies takes the field against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day at Coors Field on April 7, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - APRIL 7: Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies takes the field against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day at Coors Field on April 7, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /
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The Colorado Rockies come home to Coors Field on Friday for the home opener and the Old Bricks at 20th and Blake couldn’t be any more of a sight for sore eyes.

The opening road trip of the season for the Rockies was brutal but it easily could have been worse.  After starting out with 2-straight wins over the Marlins, the offense attempted their best Houdini disappearing act by not showing up to the ballpark for the remainder of the trip through the Sunshine state.

The final 5 games of the road trip produced 5 total runs including 22 inning scoreless drought….5 runs!!!

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Since scoring 3 runs against the Marlins in the 9th inning last Friday, here is what the Rockies offense did over the last 5 games:  5 runs, 26 hits, including 1 HR and 5 XBH, 60 strikeouts compared to 6 walks, and 23 left on base 159 in at-bats (.164 BA).

Luckily on Wednesday against the Rays, German Màrquez and the bullpen also performed their best Houdini escape act by stranding 13 runners on base.  Add in the clutch 11th inning blast by Chris Iannetta, and the Rockies were able to gut out a 1-0 win that salvaged what felt like a demoralizing and never-ending road trip.

Coming home to Coors for their first game since the NLDS loss in October may be exactly what the Rockies need to turn their anemic offense around.

The spacious outfield, the rarefied air, and 45,000 fans dressed in purple could be exactly what the Rockies need to get the offense back on track from their first week of season struggles.

Unfortunately, the Dodgers and their dangerous probable starters of Kenta Maeda, Walker Buehler, and Julio Urias await the Rockies’ homecoming.  On the bright side, the offensive production can’t get much worse than what was just witnessed.

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So bring on the Dodgers and bring on the Braves as baseball finally returns home to Denver for a 6-game homestand.  It sure is sweet to be home.