The Colorado Rockies will try again on Sunday as they look to avoid a four-game sweep at their expense by the San Francisco Giants. It hasn’t been just this series; it’s been a brutal start to the season for the Rockies. I know it’s early and all, but there comes a point where teams are going to dig a hole too deep to get out of. There are always a couple of teams who have a poor first-half and then start to play in August.
It’s often too late to generate a comeback and a cold run in April looks much more important then. With the loss on Saturday, the Rockies fell further to 3-12 and aren’t getting production out of their $260 million man. Nolan Arenado got big money to stay in Denver with the Rockies, and all it’s gotten his employer is a big donut when it comes to home runs.
Arenado is still searching for his first long all of the season after smashing 38 home runs a season ago. He hit a career-high of 42 in 2015 and has gone yard at least 38 times in each season since. This is likely just a slump for Arenado and he will be fine in the summer. However, what if it isn’t and he continues to struggle? That would be a long eight years. He is signed all the way to 2026 and won’t be an unrestricted free agent until 2027.
Having said that, I’m under the impression that he is going get hot this season and the power numbers will follow. There’s no reason to jump on his back in the middle of April. He hasn’t pulled a Chris Davis or anything. This was a good Colorado offense last season. It’s what got them into the postseason, so hold a second. Let’s see where they are a month from now. German Marquez will step on the rubber on Sunday for the Rox, while the Giants are expected to go with Derek Holland. Head below for our free Rockies vs. Giants pick.
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The Rockies’ third win came a while ago on April 3rd. Since that point, the Rockies have lost eight straight games. The bleeding keeps pouring out for the Rockies, as they hope to finish up their trip to San Francisco on a positive note. Note that in their previous four games, they’ve maxed out at 2 runs.
Colorado scored 2 runs in each of their last two games, with 0 and 1 in the two games before that. And their previous win was a 1-0 decision, so the offense didn’t contribute much there. Marquez was on the mound for that one, pitching a gem against the Rays. He held them to just 3 hits and no runs surrendered in 7 innings of work.
Marquez sits behind Kyle Freeland in the rotation. You can’t expect to attract top talent to want to come pitch in Colorado, so it’s a little trickier for a team like the Rockies in that regard. Marquez was a solid contributor in his third season in the majors last season. He finished with an ERA of 3.77, showing improvement from his rookie and sophomore year.
The Rockies would like to see an even bigger jump from 3.77 to around a 3.20 ERA in 2019. He gave up just 5 hits and 1 run in his first two starts before the Braves got to him for 5 runs. Overall, Marquez holds a 3.00 ERA and WHIP entering Sunday.
The Rockies have typically had a lot of success against Derek Holland in their careers. They are hitting .330 against Holland, and most impressively, have a .405 OBP in 97 at-bats when Holland hits the bump. Ian Desmond has been a thorn in his wide, with a .500 BA and 2 long balls against him in 8 plate appearances. Travis Story is also hitting .500 against Holland, that coming in 10 at-bats. Coming in cold as ice, this should present a nice opportunity for the offense to put things in motion and avoid an embarrassing sweep, nine-game losing streak, and 3-13 record on Sunday.