3 things that could impact Colorado Rockies in second half of season

DENVER, COLORADO - JULY 29: Starting pitcher Jon Gray #55 of the Colorado Rockies throws in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on July 29, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, COLORADO - JULY 29: Starting pitcher Jon Gray #55 of the Colorado Rockies throws in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on July 29, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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PHOENIX, ARIZONA – AUGUST 24: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies hits a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on August 24, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, ARIZONA – AUGUST 24: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies hits a single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on August 24, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

2. The Rox are a different team when Nolan Arenado hits well on the road

Entering the series with the Diamondbacks earlier this week, Arenado was batting just .119 (5-for-42) on the road.

But in the three-game series (all Rox wins), the Colorado third baseman went 5-for-11 with three doubles, four RBI, and three runs scored. His pair of doubles in Tuesday night’s 5-4 victory ended a 16-game road streak without an extra-base hit, the longest of his career.

Even with his stellar series in Phoenix, Arenado is still hitting just .241 on the season. But if he can continue to hit well on the road, it definitely bodes well for the Rox.

3. Scoring early and winning the close ones produce good results

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In each of the thee games against the Diamondbacks this week, Colorado scored in its first at-bat (one run on Monday, two runs on Tuesday, and two runs on Wednesday), posting Rox pitchers to early leads. The Rockies never trailed in the series while capturing a three-game sweep.

All three Colorado wins against Arizona were by one run (3-2 on Monday, 5-4 on Tuesday, and 8-7 on Wednesday). After starting the season 3-6 in one-run contests, the Rockies are now 6-7 in that category through 31 games.

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There are still 29 games to go for the Rox in this shortened 2020 regular season. Of course, anything can happen. But Colorado is showing some positive signs recently that could benefit the club during what should be an interesting second half.

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