The Rockies were red hot at the plate during the month of June, scoring 167 runs, which trailed only the Atlanta Braves (187) and the New York Yankees (176). This bat attack included 100 extra base hits with 36 home runs. They scored an average of a little over 8 runs per game.
Then came July with five games left to play before the All-Star break, two at home with the Houston Astros and three at Chase Field in Phoenix with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Suddenly their bats went cold. They lost all five games, outscored 30 to 15. The overall result was that,despite their impressive offensive performance in June, they had dropped 11 of their last 15 games, which dragged their win/loss record below .500 (44-45) for the first time since May 28.The problem, of course, has been the inconsistent performance of their pitchers. A quick look at run differential shows why. So far this season the Rockies have scored 490 runs which is second in the National League. Here’s the rub. They have allowed 488 runs, which is first in the National League.
Meanwhile, four of the Rockies big run producers will be able to celebrate their first-half performance by appearing in the All-Star game. Nolan Arenado, currently hitting .312 (340 at bats) with an OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) of .939, including 67 RBI and 20 home runs, will make his fifth All-Star appearance as the National League’s starting third baseman. Charlie Blackmon, a reserve selected by a vote of the players, whose hitting .330 (315 at bats)with an OPS of 1.010, including 57 RBI and 20 home runs, will make his fourth appearance. Trevor Story, also a reserve, whose batting average is .292 (315 at bats) with an OPS of .907 including 50 RBI and 20 home runs, will make his second appearance. And outfielder David Dahl will be making his debut as a rookie All-Star, sporting a batting average of .308 (302 at bats) with an OPS of .881 including 51 RBI and 12 home runs.
As a matter of perspective, the league average OPS is .710. Players with an OPS of .900 or above are considered to be elite hitters.
The Rockies begin the remainder of their season on Friday, July 12. They’ll be facing the Cincinnati Reds in a weekend series at Coors Field. Next week they’ll be at home for three more games with the San Francisco Giants, then head back East to face the New York Mets, the Washington Nationals and the Reds in a tough ten-game road trip.
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