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Last week was a good one. The Colorado Rockies won two of three games against baseball’s best team to date, the Philadelphia Phillies, before defeating the perennial American League Central contender, the Cleveland Guardians. And on top of that, they even won their first game of a three-game road series against the Los Angeles Dodgers – making it five wins in seven games.

Since then, they have lost five games in a row, conceding 37 points to 12. They lost 13-3 to the Cincinnati Reds on Monday before losing 12-7 on Wednesday. The team now has a 21-40 record this season, second worst in baseball. They are 16 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the division standings and 8.5 games out of the National League’s final wild card spot.

That’s no real surprise, and few realistically expected this team to be demonstrably better than it has shown thus far. But after a franchise-worst 103 losses in 2023, there’s a natural expectation that the team will take a step forward toward relevance after such a disastrous last season.

Colorado Rockies in 61 games

statistics 2023 2024
statistics 2023 2024
Wins 26 21
losses 35 40
Runs scored 273 242
Runs allowed 330 334
Team ERA- 102 115
Team wRC+ 80 81

They have not.

Although there has been some progress in the right direction – Brenton Doyle’s progress is a concrete example – the club as a whole has been playing at an even lower level than last season. This is evident on the surface, as their record and run difference are worse than last year.

The deeper you delve, however, the harder it gets. The team’s current record is made even more respectable by their improbable seven-game sweep in mid-May, which surpassed their previous record of five games in 2023, which they set last September. The Rockies have already gone seven games without winning in 61 games – just two fewer than last year – and have already blown several five-run leads that resulted in losses.

Additionally, their road win percentage of 25.8% is on par with last year, putting them at roughly the same 22-59 road record as of 2023 – the second-worst record in team history, just one game behind the 2014 team that won just 21 games away from Coors Field. Things aren’t much better at home either, as the team’s current 43.3% win/loss percentage is right in line with the franchise’s three worst home seasons – 43.2% in 2012, 43.9% in 1994 and 44.4% in 2015.

This team, too, didn’t have great expectations entering the year. But the overall results just haven’t improved. It’s easy to point to specific players missing due to injury – Daniel Bard, Kris Bryant, Kyle Freeland, Nolan Jones, German Márquez and Antonio Senzatela – but the team has had plenty of time to prepare for long-term injuries and has actually been able to find more productive replacements on the roster. On offense, this is evident in Doyle’s emergence while Jones was out. Meanwhile, Austin Gomber and Cal Quantrill have filled the roles of rotation headliners so well that they’ve arguably performed significantly better than Freeland, Márquez and Senzatela did when they were healthy in previous seasons.

So yes, reinforcements are probably on the way. But banking on them elevating the team significantly to a more average status is still wishful thinking, as the unit’s performance has been barely better than the worst in league and franchise history. Maybe it’s all uphill from here… but that could have been said after the end of 2023.

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Luke Zahlmann reviews Wednesday’s game, in which Colorado led 7-6 with three outs remaining. They stumbled at the finish line, allowing six runs and losing their fifth straight in a 12-7 loss.

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On the farm

Triple-A: Sacramento River Cats 3, Albuquerque Isotopes 2

The Isotopes lost in a rare duel of PCL pitchers. Nolan Jones had a double and made a good rehab appearance. Tanner Gordon took the lead after five strong innings in which he had seven strikeouts, only four hits and one walk. The bullpen, however, could not hold its own, allowing two runs in the sixth inning and the decisive run in the eighth inning.

Double-A: Hartford Yard Goats 9, Somerset Patriots 3

The Three Yard Goats hit a home run on Wednesday – Zack Kokoska in the second, Adael Amador with a three-run dinger in the sixth and Yanquiel Fernandez with a solo in the eighth. Amador, Warming Bernabel, Fernandez and Braiden Ward all had multiple hits, while Connor Van Scoyoc allowed two earned runs in six innings to earn the win.

High-A: Hillsboro Hops 11, Spokane Indians 2

It was an ugly game for the team from Spokane, who conceded 17 hits in the game – ten of which led to extra bases. Mason Green had to bear the brunt of the load, allowing five runs on seven hits in four innings. On offense, Juan Guerrero hit three doubles in the loss.

Low A: Modesto Nuts 9, Fresno Grizzlies 2

Braylen Wimmer had three hits, including a double, but that was about all the good news in this game. Modesto scored in every inning from the fourth through the third innings and hit three home runs in the game, two of them in a three-run eighth inning against reliever Tyler Hoffman.

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