The Colorado Rockies moved to 10-3 on the season with an 8-4 win over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night. Here are three numbers that stood out to us during and after the game.
No matter the time zone or the altitude, the Colorado Rockies continued to roll on Friday night in the Pacific Northwest, battering the Seattle Mariners with a late barrage of home runs.
Charlie Blackmon, Garrett Hampson, and Daniel Murphy all went deep in a power surge that started in the seventh inning as the Rockies rolled to an 8-4 victory. Murphy’s eighth-inning blast was his second consecutive game with a home run and he’s now hit safely in six of his last seven games.
What are some other numbers to know this morning? Here are three that stood out to us.
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That’s what Blackmon is hitting right now, after his first 52 at-bats of the season. He’s currently an 11-game hitting streak. During that time, Chuck Nazty is batting .500 (22-for-44) with 10 runs, 2 doubles, 3 home runs (two in the last two games), and 15 RBI. By the way, those 15 RBI have come over his last eight games, further proof that the All-Star outfielder is keying Colorado’s offense.
Speaking of offense, the Rockies scored five or more runs for the 10th time this season on Friday night. That’s tied for the most in Major League Baseball (along with the San Diego Padres).
Colorado’s offense has done this without Nolan Arenado still finding his groove (now hitting .204 on the season after Friday’s 0-for-4 outing) and Trevor Story struggling to a .192 average in the month of August.
How has the Rockies offense kept churning with two of its All-Stars slumping? Others have stepped up, including Murphy (now hitting .342 on the season) and fellow veterans Chris Owings (.296 in 27 at-bats) and Matt Kemp (.286 and 8 RBI in 28 at-bats).
That’s the chances (in percentage) the Rockies currently have of making the postseason, per FanGraphs. With a hot start (the first time in franchise history the Rockies have won their first four series of the season), Colorado is not only sitting atop the National League West 13 games into the 60-game schedule, but also greatly helping its chances for a return to Rocktober.
With an expanded playoff field, the Rockies are not only playing themselves into contention to make the postseason, but also be one of the teams no one is thrilled about facing in October.