The Colorado Rockies‘ fast start has hit a bit of a snag.
After losing 3-2 to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday, April 25, the Rockies have dropped four of the past five games. They still sit in first place in the National League West but only have a one-game lead over the Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants. And the road will not be getting any easier.
The next six games are not at places that the Rockies have normally excelled. Chase Field and Dodger Stadium are usually houses of horrors for Colorado. The Rockies have lost 11 of their last 15 games at Chase Field. On Thursday, the Rockies hit 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position. The offense disappears against Diamondback pitching as the Rockies have hit .229 at Chase Field since the Diamondbacks came into the league. Chase Field can be a hitters ballpark, but not for the Rockies.
The Rockies have the same struggles at Dodger Stadium. The Los Angeles Dodgers‘ pitching staff is usually strong, but the Rockies hit .229 there as well. On this road trip, the Rockies dodge Clayton Kershaw who owns them wherever he is pitching.
The Rockies are facing a time of adversity. They were not expected to have this early success, and now they are dealing with a tough stretch. How the team deals with this could determine the rest of the season with the Rockies are in need of a win. The next two games could be tough as their two struggling starters are on the mound. Juan Nicasio and Jeff Francis have not been sharp at all.
It is time for the Rockies to get back on track. The only question is does this team have the moxie to pull it off?