Colorado Rockies morning after: A loss in a familiar fashion that likely puts their playoff hopes to bed

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Pitcher Kyle Freeland #21 of the Colorado Rockies fields the ball and throws to first base to get the out of Mauricio Dubon #1 of the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the sixth inning at Oracle Park on September 22, 2020 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Pitcher Kyle Freeland #21 of the Colorado Rockies fields the ball and throws to first base to get the out of Mauricio Dubon #1 of the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the sixth inning at Oracle Park on September 22, 2020 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /
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Alex Dickerson of the San Francisco Giants
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 21: Alex Dickerson #12 of the San Francisco Giants reacts after hitting a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park on September 21, 2020 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /

Alex Dickerson has absolutely killed the Rockies in 2020 and even before.

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For Dickerson, six of his ten home runs have come against the Rockies and entering Tuesday’s game, Dickerson was hitting .402/.456/.744 in 90 career plate appearances against the Rockies.

Diaz has been one of the worst relievers in all of baseball in 2020 as, after allowing three earned runs in one-third of an inning, he has an ERA of 8.50. In his last nine outings, he has an ERA of 18.00 (7 IP, 16 H, 14 R, 5 BB, 4 HR, an opponent batting average of .457, and an opponent OPS north of 1.350).

For the Rockies pitching staff in general, in the seventh inning, it has been their worst inning of the entire season. Entering Tuesday, the Rockies had a team ERA of 7.81 in the inning with an opponent slash line of .312/.393/.526.

Also, entering the game, as Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post noted on Twitter, the Rockies have a team ERA of 6.89 entering Tuesday. Only the Phillies have been worse.

To top that off, though, the Rockies team ERA since August 9 (after the Rockies started the season with a record of 11-3): 8.25. That ERA in that span is the worst in baseball by more than a full run (the Phillies are second-worst).

Even worse than that, the Rockies have a strand rate of 61.2 percent. That is the worst number in Rockies history and it is the worst number for any bullpen for any team since 1953 (h/t to Bryan Kilpatrick of Mile High Sports on Twitter for that one).

Next. The Rockies are playing a numbers game in the final road trip. dark

Whether you want to blame Bud Black for not using his better relievers in Almonte, Givens, and Kinley on Tuesday, those three possibly telling Black on Tuesday (or before) that they couldn’t pitch, the bullpen in general, the offense in general, or a combination of some or all of them, it really does not matter at this point. The Rockies likely needed to go 8-0 on their roadtrip to keep their hopes alive and they are 1-1 through two games.

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