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After a 17 run blowout on Tuesday, the Rockies offense fell flat on Wednesday. They lost 7-2 and Tyler Chatwood struggled at home again. During every home start except one, Chatwood has allowed at least three runs and has only going seven innings twice during six home starts. A couple of errors helped the Reds out a little, but primarily walks and timely hits gave the Reds the seven runs.
The Rockies only had three less hits than the reds (10-7) but they failed throughout the game to hit with runners on base and in scoring position. They grounded into two double plays in the game, both by DJ LeMahieu, and went 0-7 with runners in scoring position.
John Lamb has not pitched well this year for the Reds, but he had his best start of the year against and offense that scored 17 runs and hit seven home runs the night before. Lamb went seven strong innings while allowing six hits and only one run.
All throughout this year, the Rockies have played to their opponents level. They have played well against teams over .500, but have struggled against less than stellar teams. Losing these two games to the Reds is a prime example, and even though they scored 17 runs during one of these games, they have been out played the other two games and that is unacceptable for a team trying to compete.
It still stands that the Rockies will likely not make the playoffs this year, but a team that should be competing soon needs to beat bad teams. There is also the fact that the Rockies bullpen has been slipping lately. This is probably due to overuse more than anything else, but that brings up the problem of the starters struggling as well. Like most years, the Rockies are lacking in the pitching department. They have some of the pieces there, but they still need more starters to show consistency to maintain a healthy bullpen.
The Rockies finish the series on Thursday with Eddie Butler taking the mound. Splitting this series is absolutely imperative and the Rockies need to take this final game to salvage the series. They will then head off to California for a little six game road trip against the Padres and Dodgers.