On June 27, the Rockies were four games under .500 and eight games out of first place. It looked as though they were closer to the bottom of the division rather than the playoff contender they were just a year ago.
What a difference a month makes.
Colorado completed its sweep of Oakland on Sunday and has now won 19 out of its last 24 games, climbing to 10 games over .500 and just one game behind the NL West-leading Dodgers.
So what’s changed? For starters, the Rockies’ pitching staff has caught on fire.
Since June 19, Rockies starters have a 3.61 ERA, the fourth-lowest in the National League, and have surrendered only 14 home runs during that span, the fewest in the NL, Patrick Saunders writes.
Even Bryan Shaw, who opened the first three months of the season with a 7.57 ERA, has settled down. In five relief appearances in July, he has a 3.60 ERA.
Here’s the craziest stat: During the month of July, Colorado starting pitchers posted a 1.71 earned run average.
“The Rockies have never had a pitching staff this good. And, as a result, Colorado has never had a better chance of winning the World Series,” Mark Kiszla writes.
— Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post
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