The Colorado Rockies head into the All-Star break in the midst of a downward spiral. There is plenty of finger pointing to go around for the recent struggles but one area clearly stands out.
Since Colorado Rockies‘ Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon, Trevor Story, and David Dahl were announced on the National League All-Star roster on June 30, the four have not produced. To put it simply, the Rockies’ All-Stars have not played like All-Stars.
In the last six games, the foursome have been completely missing in action. They have batted a combined 19-for-89 (.213) with 4 HR, 10 RBI, and 11 runs scored with 24 strikeouts.
Nolan has struggled the most going 4 for his last 22 with only 2 RBI and 1 run scored and 6 strikeouts.
The four, who bat 1 through 4 in the lineup in various combinations, have been so bad that in the last six games, they have only strung together two consecutive hits on three separate occasions. In fact, they have combined for two or more hits in an inning only four times.
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With the lack of contribution from the top four in the lineup, the Rockies only scored 19 runs in the final six games before the All-Star break including a pathetic 4 runs in the three-game series at the Diamondbacks.
The offensive struggles to go along with sloppy defensive and poor pitching is an easy recipe for the Rockies losing six straight and dropping their record under .500 for the first time since May 28. The 44-45 record puts them 2.5 games back of the final Wild Card spot.
The unofficial second half of the season is here and the Rockies definitely need the days off.
With a seven-game homestand against the Reds and Giants waiting after the four-day break, the Rockies better clear their heads and recharge their batteries to turn things around.
If not they could easily find themselves falling out of the highly contested Wild Card race.