The Colorado Rockies started a five game home stand hoping to salvage another disastrous May and won the first game against the Arizona Diamondbacks with hopes of getting within four games of .500. However, the next four games all ended with the Rockies in the loss column. The stretch included a three game sweep by the Seattle Mariners, who entered Coors Field on a four game losing streak.
The Rockies have won just four of their 18 May contests and now sit ten games below .500 for the year. They are a Major League worst 12.5 games out of first place behind the Los Angeles Dodgers and head out on the road without much hope of improving. The Rockies are 6-11 on the road with two wins in the month of May.
The Rockies will make stops in Miami and Cincinnati this week. Tonight’s match-up will feature 49-year-old Jamie Moyer against Mark Buehrle, who is 16 years younger. Moyer was the Rockies last winning pitcher five days ago, and also hobbled his way to first on a blooper to get the RBI’s to win the game. For Moyer, tonight’s start will be in his 50th Major League Park.
In the weekend inter-league sweep by the Mariners, the Rockies were outscored 20-7 in their home park, which included a shutout for pitcher Kevin Millwood, who was on the Rockies staff at the end of last year. Pitching has plagued the Rockies all year, including a 9-7 loss Thursday to the Diamondbacks where the Rockies lead by three runs twice, but surrendered runs in five innings in a row.
The Rockies pitching staff has given up six or more runs eight times already and it is a combination of bullpen and starting pitchers struggling. The Rockies eight starting pitchers have combined for seven wins, and no pitcher has more than two wins. The entire pitching staff’s ERA is 5.07.
The batting is not much better. Of everyday players, only Carlos Gonzalez is having a good year on a team with a lot of power. He is hitting .305, while outfielder Tyler Colvin is batting .295. Almost 30 batting points lower Michael Cuddyer, Troy Tulowitzki and Marco Scutaro are hanging out in mediocrity. Todd Helton is currently batting .219.
The Rockies could feasibly return to Coors Field 16 games below .500 for a Memorial Day double-header. How long until the Rockies owners, the Monforts, have seen enough? It’s only May, there is still time to salvage the season. Of course, there does not seem to be a natural fix coming to the rescue anytime soon.