The Pirates won their seventh straight game at Coors Field and the Rockies pitchers gave up four runs or more for the seventh straight game. They are 1-6 during that time and have struggled as a team overall. If something doesn’t change and quickly, the Rockies will find themselves falling out of any playoff hopes that came with early season success.
Tuesday night saw the Rockies pitchers give up a combined 9 runs with the Rockies offense only scoring 4. Jorge De La Rosa had another poor start and left early with an apparent injury. This could be good news for the Rockies as De La has not looked good in any of his starts and it will give them a chance to try someone else while De La hopefully gets right. Eddie Butler appears to be his replacement, although the club has not made any official statement. This is not exactly the person the Rockies need as he was very unsuccessful in his MLB stint last year, but hopefully some good performances coming from AAA will boost his confidence and allow him to be effective.
I’m getting ahead of myself now, but last night was not a game I am eager to remember. Andrew McCutchen hit three home runs for the second time in his career and drove in five and the Pirates as a team tallied 12 total hits. Gerrit Cole gave up 4 runs (2 earned) in six solid innings and pitched well enough to earn the Pirates an easy win.
The Rockies struggled again to get their offense going and they went only 1-7 with runners in scoring position. The Rockies offense will get going, but some cold streaks paired with key players missing has slowed their offense down and kept them from producing the timely hits. Charlie Blackmon being injured has caused a shakeup in the lineup that has led to inconsistency throughout. Some stability would be welcomed, but the injury bug has struck the pitching staff now and that bodes badly for the future.
The Rockies pitchers rank last in ERA and 26th in both WHIP and batting average against. This is pretty much what most people would expect, but if the Rockies ever want to compete, they need to step up on the mound. Young pitchers like Jon Gray and Tyler Chatwood need to be top of the rotation guys and Jake McGee along with at least two other bullpen pitchers need to be shut down type guys. Castro looked to be one of those guys, but his injury has greatly weakened the bullpen.
Playing the Pirates has been difficult for the Rockies, and frankly the whole NL West, but something has got to give eventually and Wednesday night with Jon Gray on the mound is as good of a night as any.