Rockies fans haven’t seen a winning season since 2010, but this year’s team is far from the worst Colorado has seen.
“As we have said for the last few seasons, this is the stretch that will define a Rockies team for a season, good or bad,” Maun said. “For the last handful of years, its been bad. When the Rockies go through one of these swoons, that turns into kind of a season-ending trend.”
Through 57 games the Rockies are on pace to go 75-87, which would statistically be better than every Rockies team since 2010, although, this would surely keep them far away from the playoffs, and possibly in last place in the division.
There is hope for this team, as stars like Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story have been keeping the offense hot. The Rockies scored 16 runs in the past two games, which helped them break out of a four-game losing skid.
The Rockies are no strangers to potent offensive outputs. This season they rank fifth in baseball in runs scored, exactly where they finished last year. Having a potent offense is very helpful for a successful team (three of the four teams above them last year made the postseason).
Regardless of how well the offense is doing, the pitching staff continues to struggle as it has in years past. The Rockies still have the second-to-last ERA in the league at 5.08, but some stars have been shining through the cracks.
Tyler Chatwood pitched a gem against the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday night, after only giving up one hit in eight innings of work. It increased his record to 7-4, while dropping his ERA to an All-Star worthy 2.79.
“It helps that he has thrown together a series of really good starts in a row,” Maun said. “I think he has four wins in his last five starts in total, that’s a big thing especially for a young guy who is building confidence at this stage.”
Chatwood and Gray may be the Rockies best hope to avoid a third 90-loss season in a row. (They have 88 or more losses in five consecutive seasons.)
“I don’t think that there is any reason to believe that this is now a road to 90-95 losses for this team, just because of the fact that they have started to really struggle in the middle parts of the season,” said Maun. “No Rockies team in franchise history has ever lost 100 games, and this is far from the worst team in franchise history.”
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