As a team, the Rockies hit a pathetic .152 on the last road trip, and Patrick Saunders has the gory details following yesterday's loss to Arizona.
Unfortunately, it wasn't just the batting average that was terrible; the Rockies were just as bad (if not worse) at getting on base. Here's the on base percentage numbers from last road trip for the eleven Rockies who received the most plate appearances during this listless adventure.
Charlie Blackmon: .238
Justin Morneau: .211
Corey Dickerson: .211
Drew Stubbs: .200
DJ LeMahieu: .176
Nolan Arenado: .174
Brandon Barnes: .154
Matt McBride: .125
Charlie Culberson: .111
Michael McKenry: .077
Josh Rutledge: .071
Yes, those are ON BASE PERCENTAGE numbers. Not batting averages. It's a minor miracle this team managed to avoid getting swept in both series.
This may be where the Rockies miss Troy Tulowitzki the most. Tulo has not posted an OBP on the road below .352 since 2008 and the team is an abysmal 4-18 away from Coors since he went down for the season. In addition to this, Tulo's strike out to walk ratio on the road (as well as overall) continues to trend in the right direction. This year, he struck out 32 times and walked 28 in 184 road plate appearances. He even managed a .364 OBP with a .274 BABIP.
The Rockies are always going to struggle offensively on the road, but as we saw on this last road trip, the struggles are taken to an entirely different level when they don't have their best player in the lineup. If the Rockies trade him, get ready for several road trips like this last one in 2015.
In other Tulo news from the weekend, he still has no plans to move off shortstop.
This afternoon, the Rockies will resume a game against the Giants from the Spring which was suspended due to rain. Unfortunately, they will have to find replacements for Troy Tulowitzki, Michael Cuddyer, and Wilin Rosario who were all in the lineup when the action stopped. The regularly scheduled game for today against the Giants will begin shortly after the suspended game concludes.
The good news however is that both teams will have access to the 40 man rosters for both games. So running out of pitchers shouldn't be a problem.
That however was not the case this weekend for the Modesto Nuts, who had to use a position player two games in a row. Brian VanderBeek goes in depth on the issue and points the finger at the Rockies organization.