Ryan McMahon frustrated by Rockies’ continuing road woes – The Denver Post
The Rockies’ rocky road has left them searching for answers.
“Yeah, I mean it’s frustrating,” infielder Ryan McMahon said prior to Friday night’s game at San Francisco. “And I think everybody kind of feels it because we think we’re a lot better than that.
“But you have to go out there and do it. Obviously, this road trip hasn’t started off the way that we wanted it to. But there (are) still some games left. So we’re looking to turn it around and play some good ball.”
After a terrific 5-1 homestand, the Rockies went on the road and lost three straight — two at Houston and one at San Francisco. In those three games, they managed a total of one run on 14 hits.
The Rockies have tried a number of things to balance the difference between hitting at altitude at Coors Field and at sea level in places like Oracle Park. All season, they have been using pitching machines to simulate big breaking balls that they aren’t likely to see in Denver.
Still, the Rockies have been shut out a franchise-record 15 times this season, all on the road. Does McMahon have any ideas on how to fix the problem?
“I personally don’t have any answers,” said McMahon, who entered Friday hitting .293 with 10 homers at Coors vs. .237 and eight homers on the road. “This game is extremely hard, and that’s about all I have on that (subject). But we definitely have to find a way to play better on the road.”
McMahon, however, said the mood in the clubhouse remains relatively upbeat.
“Honestly, I think we’re doing a really good job of showing up every day with a fresh mindset and not worrying too much about what happened last night,” he said. “So I think we are coming to work every day with a good attitude and ready to play hard baseball.
“I think that’s a good thing and I think it will pay off down the road when guys get some more experience and are feeling good out there.”
Injury updates. Brendan Rodgers (bruised right hand) was back in the lineup Friday after missing four games. He was hit by a pitch last Saturday.
Rodgers started at shortstop, hit third, and belted a first-inning single to extend his career-best hitting streak to 15 games.
Regular shortstop Trevor Story was not in the starting lineup Friday after suffering a bruised left forearm Thursday night when he was hit by a pitch in the fourth inning. He stayed in the game but was removed after his at-bat in the sixth.
“Trevor and I talked about him not starting one of these games here in San Francisco,” manager Bud Black said. “Tonight, it made sense (to sit him out) based on a little bit of soreness in the forearm. He’ll be fine. He’s just not starting today.”
As for left fielder Raimel Tapia, who’s currently on the 10-day injured list with a sprained big toe, Black said, “He’s going to play some catch” soon.
Rockies LHP Kyle Freeland (3-6, 4.65 ERA) at Giants TBD
7:05 p.m. Saturday, Oracle Park
TV: AT&T SportsNet
Radio: KOA 850 AM/94.1 FM
Freeland has enjoyed decent success against the Giants, going 6-3 with a 3.56 ERA with 45 strikeouts and 22 walks over 15 starts. Freeland picked up a win in his last outing against Miami, allowing four runs on seven hits with one walk and six strikeouts. Freeland has a 2.65 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP over his last nine starts since June 22, the sixth-lowest ERA in the National League over that span. The lefty has yet to notch a win on the road this season, going 0-4 with a 4.50.
Trending: Entering Friday’s play, Rockies starters ranked sixth in the majors with 616 2/3 innings pitched, and third in the National League behind the Brewers (618 2/3) and Reds (617 1/3).
At issue: Utility player Garrett Hampson, likely hindered by inconsistent playing time, is in a big-time slump. Entering Friday night’s game, he was hitting .116 (5-for-43) over his last 19 games.
Sunday: Rockies RHP Jon Gray (7-8, 3.85) at LHP Alex Wood (9-3, 4.03), 2:05 p.m., ATTRM
Monday: Padres LHP Ryan Weathers (4-5, 4.72) at Rockies RHP Antonio Senzatela (2-9, 4.71), 6:40 p.m., ATTRM
Tuesday: Padres TBD at Rockies RHP German Marquez (10-9, 3.77), 6:40 p.m., ATTRM