It might be time for the Rockies to start being concerned for their starting staff, especially Tyler Chatwood. For his third home start of the year, Chatwood allowed at least four runs again. Chatwood has just been really bad at home, for this year and the last one and without a drastic change he is a liability for every start at home. He has been great on the road, but too bad for him he has to pitch about half his games at Coors.
With Chatwood allowing five runs, the bullpen had to come in and try and salvage the game. With an early exit, Chris Rusin came in to try and keep the game in hand. Rusin could not do that as he allowed four runs in 1.2 innings. Chad Qualls came in after that and allowed two more runs. For the second straight game, Washington scored at least 11 runs and recored 14 hits.
The Rockies offense could not do what they did on Tuesday and keep them in the game, scoring only four runs. You can’t blame them entirely though as the game was just out of hand early. Sloppy play on defense certainly didn’t help as they had three errors in the game.
After the first game of the series, the next two have not been pretty. Sloppy defense, bad starting pitching, and some lacking performances from the bullpen have set the Rockies up to fail. Luckily, they send their best starter of the year to the mound on Thursday, Antonio Senzatela. Senzatela has been great and this will be a good test to show if he can be a stopper. The Rockies would love to split this series before they head out to Arizona for a battle between the top NL West teams.