The slide continued for the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday, as they watched another loss pile up on their already abysmal record. Colorado go into Thursday with a record of 59-74. There is no way to spin that into something positive. It’s just been a terrible season for the Rockies, who are making vacation plans for October.
This was after they came into this season with so much promise after signing Nolan Arenado. This isn’t Arenado’s fault. He has been playing well with a .309 batting average and 34 home runs. Following a slow start, Arenado got his season together and began to compile his expected numbers.
The problem stems from Arenado not getting much help elsewhere. It’s been a common theme with the Rockies this season. Arenado doubles with 1 out or even none, then the next two batters do absolutely nothing and he remains stranded on second base. When you play at Coors Field, you have to take advantage of scoring chances. Coupled with Arenado having to carry the load, the pitching has been cringy to watch.
Bad pitching is to be expected at Coors Field, but there hasn’t been too much of an improvement for them on the road. It hasn’t really mattered where they’re playing, it’s been nearly impossible to win 4-2 or 3-1 games with their rotation. The same could be said for the Pittsburgh Pirates, who have made a lot of the same mistakes as the Rockies.
The rotation is not deep and the bullpen is spotty. Josh Bell has been turning heads with his power, but the offense lacks depth as well. Trevor Williams will get the start for the Pirates, as they play their fourth contest in a row on the road. Chi Chi Gonzalez is expected for the Rockies tonight. Head below for our free Pirates vs. Rockies pick.
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Chi Chi Gonzalez is still searching for his first win of the season. He has been bad and good this season. Despite an ERA of 6.43, he should probably have at least one win by now. He’s had some outings this year where he’s been solid enough to get a win. In five out of his eight outings, Gonzalez has gone at least 4 innings and surrendered 3 runs or less.
His offense should have helped him out some where in those outings, but no dice for Chi Chi. Because of three showings on the road, which came against the Astros, Padres, and Cardinals, his ERA is skewed all the way up to 6.43. In his five other appearances, he’s actually been better than advertised. If he can avoid getting mauled early in this contest, the Rockies should make out okay against the Pirates.
Trevor Williams goes into Coors Field with an anemic ERA of 7.62 and 1.92 WHIP in his last three outings. Before settling down against the Reds in his most recent start, Williams had allowed at least 5 earned runs in three straight. He does get the Rockies on a slide, as they’ve gone 1-6 in their last seven games.
However, the Rockies will be at home for their fourth straight game, while the Bucs are on the road for their fourth in a row. Pittsburgh have struggled mightily on the road this season with a record of 27-40, while Colorado are still 34-31 at Coors Field.
This should be a high-scoring contest Thursday night. 14 runs looks like a sharp total in this contest, so it’s a tough bet. Instead, I think the Rockies can get out of this funk for a night and take advantage of a jetlagged Pittsburgh club at Coors Field tonight.