The Colorado Rockies find themselves in a precarious position after losing 5-3 to the Miami Marlins at Coors Field in Denver on Thursday afternoon. The lowly Marlins took three out of four games against the Rockies at an inopportune time just after the All-Star break.
Colorado’s offensive woes continue to be the key factor in their losses. The team only managed eight total runs in the entire four-game series against Miami. This coming after a stellar offensive performance by the squad in a 9-3 win over the Chicago Cubs last Saturday. With their talent at the plate from top to bottom including Dexter Fowler, Todd Helton, Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez, Michael Cuddyer and Wilin Rosario, it is baffling to see the Rockies execute and score nine runs one night, only to tally a mere eight runs in an entire four-game series.
If we look at where the Rockies are from a positive standpoint, they have the best ERA from their starting pitching staff since July 7 in the NL. A couple of examples would include Jorge De La Rosa‘s fantastic outing Wednesday night against the Marlins and Juan Nicasio‘s brilliant seven-innings of shutout baseball while allowing just two hits before the rain-delay Thursday. Needless to say, the Rockies bullpen blew the game after allowing a total of five runs in the eight and ninth. Okay, so the bullpen has also been a contributing factor to the club’s losses. However, the lack of consistent offensive production is the primary cause for Colorado’s woes.
With just 59 games left in the regular season, the Rockies must find a way to awaken their bats and score five-plus runs in at least two or three games in a row. Hopefully, that would cause a spiral effect of some desperately needed consistency and confidence.
Luckily, the team is still just five games back of the division leading Los Angeles Dodgers at 49-54. If some offensive consistency as well as some better bullpen play come to fruition, the Rockies still have a puncher’s chance of winning the NL West and advancing to the MLB playoffs.
Look for the Colorado Rockies to get their bats cracking tonight as the Milwaukee Brewers come to town.