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June 17, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black (10) watches the first half against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies were to dominate the home.

There were many elements of the plan that didn’t work. The attack doesn’t hit for enough power. The starting pitch does not gain Starts quality. But perhaps the strangest manifestation of the Rockies’ overall struggles in 2022 is the fact that they were so mediocre in Denver.

Yes, the team that turned Coors Field into a visitor nightmare, even in their less-than-stellar seasons (like 2021), is losing after a brutal stretch of time at home.

With just 17 wins and 19 losses against the San Diego Padres on Saturday, Colorado has made himself an uncomfortable bed to sleep in.

At one point, after losing seven games in a row at home, which is almost unheard of for this club, the Rocks broke that drift with a 10-4 win over the Pads on Friday night, but it was more like finally putting on a band-aid. than it really is. solution of any long-term problems.

If this team was going to exceed national expectations and live up to their own, they needed to be more than just good or decent at home, they needed to absolutely dominate.

The lack of star power, especially with the exception of Chris Bryant, who only played 17 games, meant that this version of the boys in purple had to do everything right. They did almost none of it.

The starting pitch and defense were especially disappointing, but the offense has recently joined the parade of trouble, dropping to a team OPS+87, one of the lowest in franchise history.

A string of good pitching during the trip to California gave way to more inconsistency once the team returned to what turned out to be less than friendly.

There are people who seem to be reaping the benefits. Players like Jonathan Daza and José Iglesias have held solidly above the .300 average for most of the season, using their contact skills in a huge space in 20th and Blake.

But the power outage was real. Only CJ and Charlie Blackmon have hit double-digit home runs, and the latter is perhaps a little surprising considering he hit 13 a year ago and already has 11.

We’re still waiting for players like Randal Grichuk, Ryan McMahon, Elias Diaz or Connor Joe to start throwing the ball over the wall with more regularity. Again, especially in a place where the ball has to fly more than Superman.

In a way, their recent performance on the road has only given them a little leeway. With nearly 100 games left to play, they lost, but not necessarily eliminated.

But as the calendar gets closer to the point where you need to start thinking about parting ways with seasoned veterans and moving on to untested veterans, they need to be honest with themselves about whether they can change those aspects of the team.

Obviously they need to do whatever is best between the lines to save their season. But more broadly, they need to be brutally honest with themselves about whether or not they believe they can turn their home stadium into a place that will truly be an advantage for them and fear in the heart of their opponents.

If they can’t make it, it’s time to start looking forward to next season long before this one ends.

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