The Rockies are in full midseason collapse mode as they lost their third straight and got swept by the Phillies. The offense, as it often is for the Rockies, is not the problem but rather it is pitching and a surprising lack of good defensive play. The Rockies had thirty three hits in the series with the Phillies and but scored only fifteen runs. They allowed 23 runs and had a whopping seven errors over the three game series.
The Rockies are obviously struggling and while for a brief moment there it looked like everything was clicking and they might make a playoff push, that appears to be just luck as the Rockies have not played well at all since their series with the Dodgers two weeks ago. They have dropped to six games back in the wild card and six games under .500.
On Sunday afternoon they got another poor start and despite a ninth inning rally, they came away with a 7-6 loss. Tyler Chatwood managed only four innings, far off from what they needed out of the normally reliable-on-the-road Chatwood, as he allowed six runs on six hits. He didn’t get much help from the defense as they made two errors behind him, both coming from normally sure-handed Nolan Arenado. The bullpen did an alright job keeping the Phillies off the board after Chatwood left allowing only one more run, but Chatwood’s poor start put the Rockies too far out of reach early.
It wasn’t all negative (only 99%) as Charlie Blackmon had another terrific game. Over the last week, Charlie is batting .563 with seven home runs and eighteen hits. Blackmon will almost certainly win player of the week honors and the Rockies can count it as the sole positive over the last week.
Cargo once again didn’t play and Gerrardo Parra is not a replacement. He is a good defensive player, but he has been terrible at the plate and cements what is a lacking bottom of the lineup. Between him, Adames, Hundley, and Ryan Raburn, the Rockies are lacking depth when they do not need to suffer that problem. It is unclear whether any of Tom Murphy, Jordan Patterson, or Raimel Tapia will get a call up before September, but it is almost certain that when the rosters get expanded they will get a chance. The Rockies need some depth, but at this point it seems too late and they will have to use September as tryouts for next year. They should allow as much playing time to rookies as they can. That is not just limited to offense either. Some young pitchers should get a couple of starts or at the very least some bullpen action. Jeff Hoffman, German Marquez, and possibly Kyle Freeland should get some major league action and should have a good chance to place themselves on the Major League roster at the start of next year.
The Rockies take on the Nationals at home for their next series and they will hope to at the very least win a game. They really need some good pitching from their starters to preserve their bullpen, but that is a lot to ask with how bad they have been recently.