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All of the sudden, the Rockies have the fewest road wins in MLB

May 24, 2022, 11:54 AM | Updated: 1:39 pm
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The Colorado Rockies aren’t getting a lot of attention right now, and maybe that’s a good thing for them.

With the Avalanche in the midst of an intense Stanley Cup run, the Nuggets losing their top boss and the Broncos starting OTAs, the Denver sports scene is plenty busy.

But that doesn’t mean you should stop following the Rockies. Far from it. Because they need to continue to be held accountable for their maddening inability to win away from Coors Field.

The Rox fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 on Monday night, dropping their road record to a forgettable 5-11. Colorado now has the dubious distinction of being tied for the fewest road wins in MLB, although a couple of teams do have worse road win percentages.

It was more of the same on Monday in Pittsburgh in front of a sparse crowd. The Rockies anemic road offense scratched together just seven hits and not a single one went for extra bases. They were 0-6 with runners in scoring position and have now lost 10 of their last 11 road games.

To add insult to injury, the Pirates scored the game-winning run in the 8th inning off a ball that didn’t leave the infield.

That one wasn’t anyone’s fault, as Rockies reliever Tyler Kinley made a nice pitch, but just got unlucky. The larger point remains the same, though: If you score only one run in a baseball game, you’re not going to win very often.

Big money acquisition Kris Bryant is still dealing with a sore back that saw him scratched from the lineup on Monday night. Aging outfielder Charlie Blackmon is hitting just .217 and Colorado’s best pitcher, German Marquez, looks lost right now.

The only piece of good news is that the 19-22 Rockies are just three games out of a Wild Card spot with the new expanded playoffs, but they already have three teams they’d need to jump to be back in the postseason conversation. They’re also coming off a 3-6 homestand where there lost all three series. Coors Field is supposed to be a place they thrive, but it wasn’t the last 10 days or so.

No one in town is paying attention right now to the Rockies, but maybe we should be. Owner Dick Monfort has trotted out a consistent loser for far too long at 20th and Blake, and right now the 2022 season is trending in that same direction.
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All of the sudden, the Rockies have the fewest road wins in MLB