Dodgers NL West Spotlight: Colorado Rockies Pitching Bound to Cool Off

Dodgers NL West Spotlight: Colorado Rockies Pitching Bound to Cool Off

The Colorado Rockies have spent more days in first place than the Los Angeles Dodgers. Colorado won eight of their first ten games and own the third best run differential in the NL (+23). They only trail the Dodgers by two games. It won’t last.

The Dodgers don’t fear the Rockies, nor do the wind, the sun or the rain.

Offense has never been the problem for the Rockies, but pitching always has.

Colorado Rockies Team ERA

  • 2020: 3.99 (11th)
  • 2019: 5.56 (30th)
  • 2018: 4.33 (20th)
  • 2017: 4.51 (17th)
  • 2016: 4.91 (27th)
  • 2015: 5.04 (30th)
  • Average ERA: 4.87 (25th)

This year, the Colorado Rockies pitching staff ranks 11th in the league in ERA (3.99), highlighted by German Marquez (2.25) and Kyle Freeland (2.45). They’ve been uncharacteristically good on an otherwise lackluster rotation. 

Subjected to home starts at Coors Field, both pitchers have career ERAs north of 4.00. Freeland finished fourth for the NL Cy Young in 2018, but struggled mightily the following year (6.73). Marquez also struggled through 2019 and posted a 4.76 ERA. The Rockies have shredded through scores of relievers unfit to survive pitching at elevation.

In the Rockies last five full seasons, their average ERA is 4.87 and their average rank in the majors is 25th. In the previous decade, they never finished with a sub-4.00 team ERA nor in the top 10. Each time Colorado seemingly puts together a capable staff, it unravels in September, in the playoffs, or both. One of the keys to Colorado’s success in 2020 has been above average pitching backing their perennial potent offense. Every statistic indicates the team ERA will balloon back to the recent historical average.

They’re 2-4 in their last six games thanks to giving up an average of 7.83 runs.

They might make the playoffs. The might even win their first series. They don’t have the pitching to wrestle the division away from the Dodgers.

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