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Stretch: 2014, May 11 – June 10
Record: 7-22, went from 22-14 to 29-36
The 2014 Rockies started hot while star-to-be Nolan Arenado began the season on a tear, hitting in 28 consecutive games from April 9 to May 8. Meanwhile, Troy Tulowitzki batted .364 with seven home runs in April to earn NL Player of the Month honors.
But from May 11 through June 10, the Rockies pitching staff posted a 5.79 ERA, the worst in baseball. The starters were 5.99, and despite some solid outings from De La Rosa (2.86 ERA in five starts), it was a woeful stretch for Juan Nicasio and Franklin Morales. Morales was relieved of his starting duties after getting lit up in a 7-6 loss to the Indians on May 31 (The winning pitcher in that game? Bryan Shaw.).
Reliever Rex Brothers was especially poor in relief during this period. With the Rockies up 8-7 against the Diamondbacks on June 4, Brothers gave up five runs without recording an out in the top of the eighth. The Rockies would give up six more for a wretched 16-8 loss.
The season was effectively over by that point. Tulowitzki suffered a season-ending hip injury in late July and Carlos Gonzalez shut it down in early August.
Yet brighter days were ahead – fans would just have to wait a few years.