Antonio Senzatela added to what is becoming a problem for the Rockies -- a lack of innings from members of the rotation. He retired four batters -- the fourth shortest start in frnachise history. And he gave up six runs. The residual was not only did the Rockies lose Saturday's game to the Yankees, but Senzatela was optioned back to Triple-A Albuquerque.
At the Plate
The Rockies have struggled on the mound this month, but the offense hasn't done much to help. The Rockies continued their struggles at the plate on Sunday, rallying late to make things look closer than they really were. The team's batting average is down 26 points in July from what it was in the first three months of the season, and run production has fallen to 4.2 runs per game, down from 5.7 runs per game prior to July 1.
On the Mound
Senzatela's limited and ineffective effort Saturday underscored growing concerns about a poitching staff that was the strength of the roster a year ago. With Senzatela allowing seven runs in 1 1/3 innings, the rotation ERA rose to 5.94 on Saturday. Only once in franchise history has the Rockies rotation had an ERA higher in a season -- 6.19 in 1999.
The problems on the mound are apparent by the fact the Rockies have already used 24 pitchers this year -- and with Sam Howard called up on Sunday, a 25th would join the list if Howard gets into a game. That's more pitchers than the Rockies used the entire seasons of 2017 and 2018. In advancing to the post-season in back-to-back years for the first time ever, the Rockies used a total of 21 pitchers each season, and that included the players brought up in September when the roster is expanded.