Journal: Rockies pitchers have to do an about-face at Coors Field – The Denver Post
LOS ANGELES — The Rockies are homeward bound after a solid 3-3 West Coast road trip; one that would have been cause for celebration had it not ended with a 6-4 loss to the Dodgers on Sunday.
Now comes a stretch when the Rockies play nine of their next 12 games at Coors Field before the all-star break, beginning with a three-game series against the Giants that opens Monday night. Usually, a trip home is a good thing, and a chance for the Rockies to get hot and make a move in the National League West. But 2018 has not been business as usual.
Colorado is 15-22 in LoDo, where it has been outscored 230-196. The Rockies’ 6.16 ERA at home is, far and away, the worst in the majors. Pitchers who have thrived on the road, such as starter German Marquez, have struggled at home. After his eight-inning masterpiece here Saturday night in Colorado’s 3-1 win over L.A., Marquez’s road ERA sank to 2.76. He has a 1.00 WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) after eight road starts. At Coors Field, however, he has a 7.93 ERA with a 1.95 WHIP after nine starts.
Although the numbers say otherwise, Marquez insists he’s not daunted by pitching at altitude. Manager Bud Black, meanwhile, insists that his pitchers ignore the fact that they are pitching at a hitter’s paradise.
“I hope it’s not in their minds,” Black said Sunday morning. “We don’t talk about it. ‘Outpitch the other team,’ that’s what I tell them. ‘You are capable of pitching good games no matter where you play.’ ”
Black used Marquez as a prime example.
“I’ll say that (Saturday’s game) was German’s best game,” Black said. “His second-best game was against the Cubs at Coors Field.”
That came on May 10, 2017,