Above are select teams stats from Rockies 2007 and Rockies 2009 (all count stats are projected to 162 games). I conclude:
- Both offense were productive, but in different ways. 2007 Rox were better hitters for average (i.e., more hits), whereas 2009 Rox rely more on the big hit (HR) and/or timely hit (SF). Although we lead the NL in runs, 2007 team scored more.
- 2009 team pitches better: lower ERA, fewer dingers, goes deeper (CG, SHO), has significantly more quality starts, finishes well (SV), and does a lot better missing bats (SO).
- 2007 team fielded better, but not a large difference -- 2009 team also fields well.
There has been a lot of recent discussion regarding the 2009 team offense and its all or nothing style. I think these numbers show that there is a real difference in offensive style between 2007 and 2009. 2007 team relied on stringing together hits for runs, and the 2009 team is more of the bloop-and-a-blast variety. Both can be productive, but as for lacking production, 2009 fans seem to have more tolerance for leaving base runners stranded than for the frustrating parade of Ks we've been subjected to recently. It will be fun to see which is more effective in the long run...