The Rockies are off to their best start in franchise history at the midpoint of their season.That's the good news for them.However, they arrive in Arizona on Friday to open the second half of their schedule with more questions than answers.Yes, they are 47-34, a game better than at this
The Rockies are off to their best start in franchise history at the midpoint of their season.
That's the good news for them.
However, they arrive in Arizona on Friday to open the second half of their schedule with more questions than answers.
Yes, they are 47-34, a game better than at this point in 1995, when, in their third year, they advanced to the postseason faster than any previous expansion team.
But they have an eight-game losing streak that has dropped them from first in the National League West to third, behind the Dodgers and D-backs.
Yes, they are 25-19 on the road, which has been a struggle in the past (their only season with a winning road record came in 2009 at 41-40). And that mark ranks second in the NL behind only the Nationals.
But they also have lost the first six games of their current road trip, and nine of their last 10 games away from Coors Field.
There's plenty of good news for the Rockies in the first half of 2017. However, there are also plenty of questions that need to be answered in the second half, which starts with what has gone wrong of late.
The answer is just about everything -- pitching, hitting and defense.
The Rockies lost their last two home games before embarking on this trip in which they have not only been swept by the Dodgers, but were also swept by a Giants team that had lost 10 of its previous 11 games against the Rockies this year.
Just like Colorado's early-season success was a team effort, the eight-game slide is a result of shared responsibility.
Consider these numbers:
• Rockies pitchers had a 4.11 ERA in the first 73 games of the season, ranking fourth in the NL. They have an 8.16 ERA over the past eight games.
• The rotation ranked fifth in the NL with a 4.05 ERA in the first 73 games, averaging 5 2/3 innings a game. In the last eight games, the rotation has a 10.22 ERA, and has averaged 4 2/3 innings.
• The bullpen had a 4.22 ERA in the first 73 games, eighth in the NL, and not only led the Majors with 27 saves, but also led the NL by converting 81.8 percent of save opportunities (27-for-33). Over the past eight games, the bullpen has failed in two save situations and has a 5.97 ERA.
• Over the past eight games, the Rockies hit .206, scored 23 runs (2.9 per game), compiled a .540 OPS and hit three home runs. That comes after opening the season with a 73-game stretch in which they hit .275 and scored 387 runs( 5.3 per game). They hit 88 home runs and had a .781 OPS.
• The Rockies have led in five of their last eight games, including a three-run lead on Sunday vs. the Dodgers and two-run leads on Tuesday and Wednesday against the Giants. However, they have played with a lead for only 11 of the 77 innings in the past eight games.
The numbers tell the story.
Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com.