The Rockies suffered a 5-3 loss to the Mets on Saturday night. Not surprising. Five has become the tragic number for the Rockies on the road. In 12 of their 18 road losses this season the Rockies have allowed five or more runs. By contrast, they have allowed five or more runs only twice in their 13 road victories. And consider in the Rockies eight most successful seasons on the road -- including this year -- they have compiled an ERA that ranks among the 10 lowest road ERAs in franchise history. By comparsions, offensively, they have not distinguised themselves.
At the Plate
Catcher Tony Wolters was 2-for-2 with a walk in Saturday's loss. It was his 11th multi-hit game of the season. It also boosted his average to .307, a major improvement from his first three big-league seasons. Even more impressive, he has hit .313 this season when he has been in the eighth spot in the lineup, ahead of the pitcher. He is the only qualifying NL player hitting .280 or better when he is in the eight hole. He also has the highest on-base percentage, and is among six No. 8 hitters with double figure RBI totals.
On the Mound
In less than four full big-league seasons, Jon Gray has reached the sixth spot for all-time strikeouts in Rockies history, moving past the 600 mark on Saturday night when he struck out eight batters in 5 2/3 innings against the Mets. Gray has averaged 9.53 strikeouts per nine innings, the most of any Rockies starting pitcher in history. Second on the list? German Marquez, a fellow member of the current Rockies rotation, who has haveraged 9.2 strikeouts per nine innings. The only pitcher in franchise history with a higher ratio per nine innings is Brian Fuentes, who averaged 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings, but made all 428 career appearances for the Rockies as a reliever.
With two home runs on Saturday night, the Mets have hit a home run in 15 consecutive home games, the longest streak since they moved into Citi Field, and equaling the longest streak in franchise history with the Mets of July 16-Aug. 12, 1996, and May 1-30, 2006.