Don’t look now, but the Colorado Rockies are climbing up the Major League Baseball historical ladder with an offensive statistic that dates all the way back to 1900.
How the Colorado Rockies are making MLB history with their offense at Coors Field
With Garrett Hampson’s three-run, second-inning blast in Thursday afternoon’s home contest against the Washington Nationals, the Colorado Rockies have now plated two or more runs in 78 consecutive home games. The streak began on May 12, 2021 (a 5-3 loss to the San Diego Padres in the first game of a doubleheader), and is the longest in National League history.
Dating back to 1900, the Rockies are now tied with the Boston Red Sox, who scored two or more in 78 straight games spanning the 1949-50 campaigns, for third place on the all-time list. Boston also holds the all-time record of 88 games during the 1948-49 seasons.
While Boston’s offensive-laden teams of the late 1940s (led by Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky, Bobby Doerr, and others) hold the first and third spots on the all-time list, the Texas Rangers (with Alex Rodriguez, Ivan Rodriguez, Rafael Palmeiro, and others) hold the second spot, with 84 games over the 2000-01 seasons.
During this history-making time at Coors Field, Colorado has scored 10 or more runs nine times.
One of the big reasons for Colorado’s success at home in recent games? Look at the numbers posted by first baseman C.J. Cron in his one-plus seasons in a Rockies uniform. In 41 home games since August 1 of last season (heading into Thursday), Cron is slashing .394/.455/.787 with 15 homers and 51 RBI.
The offensive consistency has also resulted in wins for the franchise as well. Entering Thursday’s matinee, Colorado was 48-29 (a .623 winning percentage) at home since the streak began. That represents the second-best mark in the National League and fifth in all of baseball. Only the 59-20 home record (a .747 winning percentage) recorded by the Los Angeles Dodgers is better than the Rockies during that time.