Tuesday Rockpile: Rockies closing out another Jekyll and Hyde season

Hunter Martin

The franchise's biggest downfall continues to be a pain in the you-know-what.

After their 6-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday, the Colorado Rockies improved to 42-31 at Coors Field this season. While LoDo has been friendly to the Rockies, the road has been their worst enemy.

What year is this, 2013? Or is it 2012? Or 2005? Or 1996? Or almost any other season in club history?

The point is, the Rockies are usually always awful on the road. It's as much a part of the club's DNA as playing at altitude, pitching to contact, being averse to taking risks or anything else. And, when they haven't been bad on the road, they've settled for mediocrity -- and more often than not, mediocrity away from Coors Field gets the team to the playoffs, 1994 notwithstanding (for obvious reasons).

This year, the Rockies are far, far away from being mediocre on the road. In fact, they've been flat out horrendous, leading to a 27-51 record. Unless Colorado avoids a sweep in Los Angeles at the end of the month, it will finish tied for its worst record in road games since the 2003 season, when the Rockies finished 25-56 outside of Denver.

Only twice have the Rockies been this bad on the road. And, this is a team that found a way to win five of its first nine games in unfriendly territory and didn't even establish itself as being truly terrible on the road until a 2-8 trip through Toronto, Washington and Boston in June.

The most disappointing part of this year's team has been the offense, which has struggled to an 89 OPS+. And that's with half of its games at Coors Field; on the road, the Rockies went through several mesmerizing dry spells, including one where they scored 1.4 runs per game during a nine-game stretch in late-July/early-August.

Fortunately for all of you, splits are not working on Baseball-Reference, so I'll spare you the torturous particulars. But, just know that the team didn't build enough of a home field advantage this season -- which, by the way, was a priority for Walt Weiss and his staff at the beginning of the year -- to make up for a horrendous showing on the road.

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Nolan Arenado and Wilin Rosario are day-to-day after leaving Monday's game with injuries, writes Patrick Saunders. Arenado is being bothered by a finger injury (surpise!), while Rosario is nursing a sore calf.

Former Rockies and current Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Matt Reynolds will undergo Tommy John surgery, reports MLB.com's Tyler Emerick. Reynolds, who was shipped to Arizona in the offseason in exchange for one of last night's heroes, Ryan Wheeler, posted a 1.98 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 27⅓ innings before landing on the disabled list in June.

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