Colorado Rockies: You should have seen (at least some of) this coming

DENVER, CO - APRIL 7: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies stands on the field after being stranded at third base in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on April 7, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 12-6 to sweep the three game series.(Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - APRIL 7: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies stands on the field after being stranded at third base in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on April 7, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 12-6 to sweep the three game series.(Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /
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Kyle Freeland of the Colorado Rockies
MIAMI, FL – MARCH 28: Kyle Freeland #21 of the Colorado Rockies throws a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during Opening Day at Marlins Park on March 28, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

Pitching

You are probably more surprised at how bad the Rockies pitching has been. In this span of losing 10 out of their last 11 (and the one win was a 1-0 win), the Rockies pitching has been atrocious.

In that span, they are pitching to a 5.81 ERA. The other concerning number is that they are allowing 4.5 walks per nine innings.

The top of the rotation has not been all bad as of the top three starters (Kyle Freeland, German Marquez, Jon Gray), they have only had two to three bad starts.

They are, arguably, these three starts.

  1. Freeland: April 2 v. Tampa Bay (4 2/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 10 K) (this is a debatable one because it’s decent numbers besides the walks and innings)
  2. Gray: April 6 v. Dodgers (6 IP, 8 H, 5 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 K)
  3. Freeland: April 8 v. Atlanta (5 IP, 7 H, 7 R/ER, 4 BB, 3 K)

Each Freeland, Marquez, and Gray have made three starts thus far so, arguably, a third of their starts have been subpar. The main problem for Gray, as you probably know by now, is that he allows home runs … a lot. In fact, on Thursday, he extended his streak (the longest streak in Rockies history) of 15 consecutive games (dating back to July 31, 2018) of allowing at least one home run.

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