ST. LOUIS -- Manager Walt Weiss called the team's offensive struggles during a 2-4 homestand against the Rays and Yankees "unacceptable" after Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Bombers. Before Friday's opener of a three-game set with the National League Central-leading Cardinals, he reminded his hitters how good they can be.
"Whenever we do our scouting meeting [at the start of each series], I'll talk a little bit about the upcoming series and maybe touch on the series we just got done playing," Weiss said. "I touched on a few things that I saw this homestand, but nothing major. A lot of it just comes down to us remembering who we are as a club and how we play the game."
In the two losses to the Rays, the Rockies went 0-for-18 with runners in scoring position. Against the Yankees, Jorge De La Rosa's strong six innings helped the Rox to their first shutout of the season, and Colorado pitching gave up three runs in each of the next two games, but the hitters could not come through. The Rockies usually count on scoring big at Coors Field.
No matter where, Weiss reminded the Rockies, they need to have smart at-bats.
"There are times over the course of the game where the game will dictate what you have to do in the box," Weiss said. "I thought we got away from that at times. The game may call for you to attack the big part of the field or lead off an inning a certain way. I thought our awareness and our focus got away from that a little bit.
"I was just reminding them of things they already know but things we have to be reminded of from time to time."
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less