Rockies' woes rooted in offense
Lineup mired in slump as club can't make up ground in West
DENVER -- A hitting epidemic has overtaken Colorado's lineup.
The Rockies are hitting just .242 over their past 10 games, a main reason why the team has gone 4-6 during that span and has been unable to gain ground in the National League West.
"Since we left Cincinnati [on July 27], our offensive numbers have been pretty challenging," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. "We've got to find a way to rekindle ourselves offensively."
On Thursday, Colorado managed just six runs in their doubleheader against Washington. The Rockies had several chances to add to that total, but went 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position in the two games.
As the season dwindles down, each game becomes increasingly important, and the Rockies appeared to be playing tight against the Nats. They often looked overanxious at the plate, which resulted in pop flies or strikeouts.
Jeff Baker was one the team's hottest hitters in July, but he's hitting .094 in his past nine games. On Thursday, he combined to go 1-for-9 and left six runners on base.
"I'm just pressing a little bit," Baker said. "Obviously, I wasn't seeing the ball too well in Pittsburgh, and I had trouble slowing it down. It kind of compounded itself, and now I'm just doing a little too much."
Baker said the team has done a good job of staying within itself, but he admitted it's harder to do when things are going poorly.
"Guys in here do a good job of keeping things in perspective," Baker said. "All year, no one on our team has tried to do too much. But right now we don't have a whole lot of guys clicking, so that's going to compound things."
Jeff Birnbaum is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.