DENVER -- Over their last three homestands, the Rockies have compiled a 17-5 record. A sweep of the D-backs gave the team a 46-36 home record to finish the year. But for manager Walt Weiss, that's not taking advantage of the Coors Field nearly enough.
"I think early on we were good here," Weiss said before Sunday's game. "And as the season went south, it went south here too. It wasn't as much of an advantage playing at home … I mean, we were OK. But we've got to be a lot better than OK."
Weiss said the Rockies need to win a "minimum of 50 games" at Coors Field "to even be in the conversation for the division." Ideally, he's looking for a home win total of something closer to "52 to 53" per season.
To put that into perspective, the Rockies franchise record for home wins is 55, set back in 1996. Overall, the Rockies have only reached the 50-win mark at home four times, two of which came during the team's most recent Wild Card seasons (2007 and 2009).
Weiss said the goal is to be "offensively overwhelming teams" at Coors Field, something the Rockies have done over their past five home games while outscoring the opposition 53-16.
"The opposing pitcher, for the most part, feels vulnerable here," Weiss said. "That's one of the biggest advantages for us offensively … They don't like to pitch here and we've got to be able to take advantage of that."
In June, the Rockies were the ones being taken advantage of at home. Over their 16 home games in that month, Colorado was outscored 120-89.
Weiss knows that's unacceptable if his team is going to have a chance.
"We've got to be playing at the highest level here for the span of six months to be a playoff team," Weiss said.
Cody Ulm is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.