Quick Hits:16 Games Into Season Rockies in Uncharted Post-Season Territory
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The Rockies ended an eight-game losing streak on Sunday. They need to start putting together a series of wins now.
They are off to the worst start in franchise history at 4-12, a far cry from the expected for a season that began with post-season expectations. Now, there have been teams overcome a bigger deficit between wins and losses and advance to October. Just a year ago, the Dodgers found themselves 10 games below .500 (16-26) after games of May 16, and still wound up in the World Series.
Never in the Wild Card Era, however, has a team recovered from a 4-12 start to advance to the post-season. There have, however, been six teams open a season 5-11 and advance, including the 2009 Rockies. The list also includes the 2007 Phillies, 2001 A's, and 2000 Giants. All four lost in the Division Series.
-- The Rockies failed to score in the first two innings of their first 16 games, but finally scored two runs in the second inning on Monday at San Diego. That 33 innings of not scoring in the first two innings of consecutive games is a record for a team at the start of a season, six innings more than the previous record of 26 innings set by the Chicago Cubs in 2002. Third on the list is Philadelphia, which failed to score in the first or second inning for 25 consecutive innings before breaking through in the second inning on April 22 that season.
--Trevor Story's 41 home runs and 28 stolen bases ranks him along with the Angels Mike Trout (44 home runs and 25 stolen bases) and the Brewers Christian Yelich (41home runs and 25 stolen bases) as the only players with at least 40 home runs and 20 stolen bases since the start of last year. Story's 92 career home runs are the most of any shortstop since Story's debut on Opening Day 2016. Second on the list is the Indians' Francisco Lindor with 86 home runs.
--The Padres 11-6 start -- which has them in first place in the NL West -- equals the fourth best in frnachise history. They were 14-3 to open 1998, 12-5 in 1984 and 1982, and were also 11-6 in 2010 and 1991.
-- Nolan Arenado's first home run of the season came on Sunday against Giants left-hander Derek Holland. Monday night he faces Padres left-hander Joey Lucchesi. Big deal? Well, Arenado is one of four active players with a career OPS of 1.000 or better against left-handers. He trails Giancarlo Stanton of the Yankees (1.023) and Paul Goldschmidt of the Carindlas (1.017), and is just ahead of Ryan Braun of the Brewers (1.009). Fifth on the list is Detroit's Miguel Cabrera at .0979.
-- Mark Reynolds of the Rockies leads active players with 23 career home runs against the Padres. Paul Goldschmidt and Matt Kemp both have 22, and Arenado is No. 4 with 21.
--The Rockies have failed to score in the first and second innings of their 16 games, and were scoreless in the first inning Monday before scoring two runs in the second inning at San Diego.
That 33 scoreless innings, equalled the third longest such streak all-time. Cincinnati also had a 33-inning stretch from MAy 13, 1985 until May 31, 1985. The record for any point is a season is 35 innings by the 1993 Oakland A's and 1981 Cleveland Indians.
The A's didn't score in the first two innings of a stretch that began on Aug. 22, 1993 and ended on Sept. 9. The Indians streak began in the first inning on Apirl 18, 1981, and ended with the first inning on May 13.
-- The Rockies 33 innings is a record for a team at the start of a season, seven innings more than the previous record of 26 innings set by the Chicago Cubs in 2002. Third on the list is Philadelphia, which failed to score in the first or second inning for 25 consecutive innings before breaking through in the second inning on April 22 of the 1970 season.