Rockies remain competitive in losses

Joe Robbins

Seeing the Rockies lose is nothing new for us. But something seems a little different when Colorado comes out on the losing end this season.

The last two games were unprecedented for the Rockies this year and that is a good thing.  If the first 36 games are to be believed, though, this losing streak will be short-lived.

The last two games were a time for firsts.  Last night was the first game in 28 without Nolan Arenado getting a hit, but it was also the first game of the season that both Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez were held hitless in a start. Thursday night's game was the first this year in which the Rockies were shut out. This may have been inevitable with the 29 runs they had scored in the previous three games, but it's still crazy to think it took 37 games before they went scoreless.  In the last three years it only took 9, 13, and 11 games respectively before the Rockies were shutout by their opponents.

These two games were also a time for seconds.  Along the shutout lines, Thursday was only the second shutout game the Rockies have been involved in this year, the other being a 1-0 win against the Giants on April 12th.  The current two-game stretch is only the second such period that the Rockies have been held to fewer than five runs total, the only other time being the first two games of the season.  It was also Jhoulys Chacin's second start of the season and he looked much stronger than he did in his debut earlier in the week.

Finally, these two games were also a time for thirds.  It was only the third set of back-to-back losses by the team in 2014.  And, Friday was only the third game in which Boone Logan has given up an earned run.  If the Rockies can continue to control their lows to such short occasions, they have a great chance of having a competitive season.

Saturday Rant

I continue to shake my head every time Drew Stubbs gets a start against right-handed pitching over Corey Dickerson.  Even with his recent hot streak, Stubbs is hitting 72 points lower than Dickerson against righties.  He continues to be a below average hitter against righties (92 wRC+) while maintaining his advantage over lefties (128 wRC+).  His walk rates (4.2% vs. 11.8%) and K percentage (29.2% vs. 20.6%) are also hugely worse when facing right-handers.  Dickerson, meanwhile, is teeing off on righties (142 wRC+) while not really facing lefties (only three at-bats against them).  Dickerson's .958 OPS against right-handers begs him to be in the lineup whenever the team isn't using a southpaw. That smells like a perfect platoon opportunity.  A platoon only works, though, when the right player is used, and Stubbs going 0-for-4 last night did not help the team on a night when one run made the difference.

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