Will Rockies’ “road to ruin” continue in Miami vs. Marlins?

On May 23, 2019, the Washington Nationals were 19-31. In October, they swept St. Louis in the National League Championship Series before beating Houston in seven games to win the World Series.

“Often, bumpy roads lead to beautiful places,” manager Dave Martinez said.

The Rockies sure hope the Nats’ philosopher/manager was right, because their road has been bumpier than the one atop Colorado’s Blanca Peak.

As the Rockies open a six-game road trip Tuesday night at Miami, their ineptitude away from Coors Field has been extraordinary:

• A 4-22 record, the worst in the majors. That’s a .154 winning percentage. A check of baseball history reveals that the worst road record in a 162-game season belongs to the 1963 Mets and the 2010 Pirates (both 17-64, .210).

• The Rockies have been outscored 131-63. They are hitting .197. For the record, the lowest team batting average on the road since 1901 belongs to the 1908 Philadelphia Athletics, who hit .203.

• They have hit just 12 road home runs. The Pirates, who rank 29th in road homers, have 22. The Giants have launched 56 road homers, more than 4 1/2 times as many as Colorado.

• Colorado is averaging 2.4 runs per game. Toss out its 14-run extravaganza on May 1 at Arizona and the Rockies have averaged 1.9.

• The Rockies have a .273 on-base percentage and .563 OPS, both the lowest in the majors, by far.

• They have been shut out 10 times already this season, all on the road. That’s a big-league record for road shutouts through the first 60 games of a season.

Rockies manager Bud Black has tried to stay positive, as has interim general manager Bill Schmidt.

“We’ve got to keep teaching and keep coaching,” Black said. “Try to coach all these young guys up and encourage them to keep fighting, and keep battling, and keep learning.”