Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
Leadoff-man Dexter Fowler has already struck out 41 times in just 32 games
The Colorado Rockies have long been heralded as an offensive juggernaut.
Colorado's lineup boasts of the reigning National League batting champion Carlos Gonzalez, who hit .336 in 2010, with 34 home runs and 117 RBI.
The Rockies also have perennial all-star and potential MVP candidate Troy Tulowitzki (.315, 27 HR, 95 RBI in 122 games in 2010).
Another rising star is leadoff-man Dexter Fowler, who had 14 triples last season.
And who can forget Todd Helton, one of the best hitters in the game for the past decade.
Not only do they have proven hitters, but the Rockies play home games at the most hitter-friendly park in the major leagues: Coors Field.
Before the season began many experts picked the Rockies to win the NL West, largely because of the strength of their offense.
Not so fast.
After being held to just five runs in three games against the Giants, the Rockies are now hitting just .233 as a team, 26th in the majors.
The cornerstone of their offense, Carlos Gonzalez, is hitting just .241 with 2 home runs and 16 RBI so far. Troy Tulowitzki, despite his eight homers, is hitting just .248.
Dexter Fowler is hitting just .258 and has struck out 41 times in 32 games.
The Rockies may be 18-14, but that record does not reveal just how poorly their offense has performed through the first five weeks of the season.