Eye on the Rockies: The Rockies Slide From Contention Has Been a Team Effort

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Even when Zack Greinke isn't at his best, he's good enough to beat the Rockies right now. Greinke made his Houston Astros' debut on Tuesday night. It wasn't pretty -- five runs on seven hits and two walks in six innings. The Astros, however, took the lead at 6-5 in the bottom of the sixth, and so he was credited with the 11-6 victory.

He is 2-1 in five starts against the Rockies this year, but his teams are 2-3.

As for Tueday night, it equaled the second highest run total he has allowed in 34 career starts against the Rockies, in which he is 14-7 and his teams are 20-14.

At the Plate

But then not much has gone right for the Rockies since July 1. They woke up that morning sitting second in the NL Wild Card race. It's been downhill since, and it's been a team effort.

For the season, the Rockies rank third in the NL with 604 runs scored. They, however, were leading the NL with 475 runs scored before July 1. Since July 1? They rank 12th in the NL, having scored only 129 runs.

On the Mound

And it has been a total staff collapse in terms of the pitching staff. It's not like the Rockies overwhelm with the stats from thier pitching staff, but it's been a bigger problem than normal since July 1. The bullpen's NL-leding ERA of 6.57 is .64 higher than No. 1 Milwaukee. The rotation ERA of 6.49 is .46 higher than No. 1 Pittsburgh, and 1.07 higher than the No. 13 Marlins. The staff ERA of 6.53 is 1.26 higher than No. 14 Pittsburgh, which helps explain a worst-in-theNL record of 8-21 since July 1, and more than doulbe the Dodgers' NL-leading 3.21 staff ERA.

FYI

The offense has been a teamwide failure. Of the 13 position players currently on the active roster or DL, only two have a higher batting average with runners in scoring position since July 1 than before July -- Ryan McMahon (.292 compared to .284) and Garett Hampson (.250 compared to .125). At the other esxtreme are Chris Ianetta, who went from .421 before July 1 to hitless with runners in scoring position since, and Trevor Story, who went from .265 to .143.

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