Colorado Rockies: Three things we have noticed on this road trip

BOSTON, MA - MAY 14: Seventeen "K" signs are hung up in the eighth inning for Chris Sale's (not pictured) #41 of the Boston Red Sox career high strikeouts against the Colorado Rockies at Fenway Park on May 14, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley /Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 14: Seventeen "K" signs are hung up in the eighth inning for Chris Sale's (not pictured) #41 of the Boston Red Sox career high strikeouts against the Colorado Rockies at Fenway Park on May 14, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley /Getty Images) /
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Entering Sunday’s game in Philadelphia, the Colorado Rockies were fourth in Major League Baseball with 435 strikeouts on the season. In 44 games, that’s very close to averaging 10 strikeouts per game. It’s no coincidence with the high strikeout rate that the Rockies are also in MLB’s bottom third in on-base percentage (.308).

The Ks have hit a high gear since the Rockies left Denver and headed on this current road trip. They overcame 24 strikeouts to win in extra innings in Boston and but couldn’t overcome 13 Ks in  Saturday’s loss in Philadelphia. In all, the Rockies have now struck out 66 times over 49 innings on the current road trip.

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When we talked to Rockies hitting coach Dave Magadan (article link) during spring training and asked him how he was going to help boost Colorado’s offense this season, one of his answers was that the Rockies had to get better offensively on the road. Well, we’re seeing in this series that that hasn’t happened just yet … and the strikeout is a big part of that.

By the way, heading into Sunday, each of Colorado’s last four losses had been by one run (over a six-game span). That matched their longest such streak since September of 2012. On Sunday, they lost by two runs. Maybe putting the ball in play more would help with those close losses. Just a thought.

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