Rockies Find a Home on the Road in Atlanta's SunTrust Park
The Rockies have found a home on the road – in Atlanta of all places.
After nightmarish experiences at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, the Braves home in the original years of the Rockies, and Turner Field, their previous home, the Rockies have enjoyed their visits to SunTrust Stadium.
The Rockies were 5-18 (.217) at Fulton County Stadium (1993-96) and 24-46 (.343) at Turner Field (1997-2015).
With an 8-4 victory on Friday night, the Rockies are 7-1 at SunTrust Park, having lost the first game they ever played in the park, but winning each of the last seven. On Saturday night they will look for what would be a club-record tying eighth consecutive win as a visitor in a ballpark.
They won eight in a row against the Mets at Citi Field April 11, 2011 through Aug. 23, 2012.
While SunTrust is only in its third year of existence, and the Rockies have played only eight games in the ballpark, it is one of only three current NL ballparks (other than Coors Field) in which the Rockies have a winning record.
Daniel Murphy made his Rockies debut at SunTrust on Friday night and went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a run scored and an RBI. He is one of six current Rockies hitting .300 or better at SunTrust in a Rockies uniform. Trevor Story who matched Nolan Arenado with a home run and a double in Friday's win, is second at .387 in eight games and 31 at-bats, equaling the most games a current Rockie has played at Sun Trust, and behind only Arenado (38) and Charlie Blackmon (32) in at-bats.
It's not just the offense, though. The Rockies current bullpen is 6-for-6 in saves at SunTrust -- Wade Davis converted his fourth in four attempts on Friday night. Jake McGee, currently on the injured list, is 2-for-2. What's more, 10 current Rockies pitchers have an ERA below 4.00 -- nine below 3.00, and six are unsccored upon in their trips to the SunTrust mound.
With Friday's victory the Rockies are 7-7 to open the season on the road. The franchise has had a winning road record only three times --- a franchise-best 44-28 last year, and 41-40 in 2009 and 2017. The Rockies made the post-season each of those three years. They were 39-42 on the road when they advanced to the World Series in 2007, and 33-39 in strike-shortened 1995 when they claimed the NL wild-card in the first year it existed.
And a key to the road success has been the pitching staff. The Rockies have the lowest road ERA in the National League this season. The Rockies (2.83) and Pirates (2.88) are the only NL teams with an ERA under 3.00, and among only five NL teams with an ERA below 4.00.