The Rockies are in second place in the NL West. The problem is the Dodgers are ahead of them. And every time the two teams play, the Rockies fall farther behind.
Seventy-six games into the season, and the Rockies are trailing the Dodgers by 12 games, yet they are tied for the No. 2 spot in the NL Wild Card Race.
The Dodgers are off to the second-best start in franchise history (53-25). But the Rockies aren't doing much to help themselves. The Dodgers enjoyed walk-off wins at Dodger Stadium on Friday and Saturday, extending the Rockies losing streak to the Dodgers to 10 games.
AT THE PLATE
How big of a challenge are the Dodgers? Well, for the first time in 32 games -- only the sixth time this season - Rockies right fielder Charlie Blackmon failed to reach base with a hit, walk or by being hit by a pitch. The Rockies are 2-for-4 in those six games. And all six have been against different teams -- and all six on the road.
On the Mound
The Rockies carried a 4-3 lead into the eighth inning on Saturday, but Bryan Shaw gave up a game-tying single to rookie Bryan Beatty, who hit the walk-off home run in the Dodgers win on Friday. And then the Dodgers claimed a 5-4 victory in the 11th when Alex Verdugo unloaded his second home run of the game. It was the 10th blown save this season for the Rockies -- the third by Shaw. Scott Oberg also has three, Wade Davis two, and Mike Dunn and Seunghwan Oh one apiece.
In losing 10 in a row to the Dodgers, the Rockies have been out-hit and out-pitched -- which is no surprise. They have averaged 3.4 runs per game and offense, and given upan average of 6.8 runs per game. Saturday's loss was the second one-run loss out of the 10.