Counting Rocks


May 2013 Rockies xBABIP and associated thoughts.

So now that the calendar has turned over to May, I though it might be a good time to post the current xBABIP calculations for the Rockies as well as their related adjusted stats

Is lineup protection a myth?

The Rockies are 178-154 when Cargo and Tulo are in the starting lineup but is that evidence that lineup protection exists or is it a simple obvious statement that more star player equals more wins? Let the debate continue!

Walking on the road to victory

Aggressive hitting is fine at home but a more patient approach on the road will be a key for the offense to rebound on the road in 2013.

Is lineup protection a myth?

Many of baseballs best minds say no, but could it be that the evidence for protection in the lineup merely lies deeper within the stats?

Friends in low places?

The Rockies believe working low in the strike zone will improve their fortunes. At least one bit of evidence from last year, however, suggests otherwise.

Tuesday Rockpile: PECOTA Not Bullish on 2013 Rox

The first aspects of Baseball Prospectus' PECOTA forecasts came out yesterday. One would not expect them to be optimistic regarding the Rockies, but it may be worse than you thought.

First-Pitch Strikes for a Last-Place Team

Rockies starters trailed the league in first-pitch strikes last year. Will that change, and should it change, in 2013?

Friedrich, FIP, and Future Improvements

Christian Friedrich has turned in a few very good starts for the Rockies this season. Is Friedrich for real, or is it just luck?

Counting Rocks: A Trade That Wasn't

He's not "the answer" but Dan Uggla should make Rockies fans even more appreciative of the Mark Ellis acquisition.

Counting Rocks: Looking Back At Rockies' First Rounders (and Supplementers)

Looking back at Rockies' late first rounders and supplemental picks. What kind of value did they get?


Counting Rocks: Banana Splits

What's gone wrong with the Rockies this month? Looking at monthly batter splits shows there's a lot off, but not everything is a disaster.

Counting Rocks: Don't Let The Handlebar Fool You

Chris Iannetta, the Russell Branyan of catchers? Stay healthy, and that wouldn't be bad.

Out Of The Blue Clear Sky: SIERA

SIERA: more than just another advanced pitching metric with a long formula? It's worth finding out.

Get Involved: ERA, FIP and xFIP

Once more unto the breach: ERA/FIP/xFIP, you, Ubaldo, and the Rockies.

One Way to Dissect a Scenario You Hope Will Never Happen

If Colorado Rockies closer Huston Street goes down with an injury, Matt Belisle, Rafael Betancourt and Matt Lindstrom would fill in.

The Demise of Chris Iannetta

Chris Iannetta, a solid catcher in terms of OPS/wOBA, has found himself benched yet again as the Rockies make a playoff push. What is there left to do with the man?

Melvin Mora’s value: Better than the alternatives.

Melvin Mora has been more than acceptable for Colorado in the 2010 season, earning every cent of his paycheck. Read to find out why.

The Deal with Manny Delcarmen

What is there to know about Colorado Rockies' acquisition Manny Delcarmen? Lots.

Does a demotion to the bullpen spell the end for Aaron Cook? Kameron Loe doesn’t think so.

Aaron Cook's ineffectiveness in 2010 has been a contributing factor to the disappointing results we've seen the first 4 months of the season. Would Cook being demoted to the pen spell the end for him?

Counting Rocks: When it counts

The Colorado Rockies are clearly in a skid. What's the problem, and who's been helping in ways we wouldn't expect?

Ian Stewart’s progression to Starting 3B

Ian Stewart has finally gotten a hold of the starting 3B in Colorado. What improvements has he made to keep it?

The Interchangeable Outfield: Seth Smith and Ryan Spilborghs

With Dexter Fowler and Carlos Gonzalez settling into their outfield spots, Ryan Spilborghs and Seth Smith are finding their complementary skillsets lumping them into some sort of platoon. Counting Rocks explores what makes Spilly and Smith such a great pair.

Why are we overworking Ubaldo?

Ubaldo Jimenez has been otherworldly good in the 2010 season. But given his workloads, how long can he keep this up? Maybe it's time for the management to shorten the leash a little.

Welcome back Kaz! And other notes from around Coors

Kaz Matsui is back with the Colorado Rockies. Is this a big deal? Well, to Clint Barmes, it may be.

BABIP and You: A Refresher

Looking at a reliever's ERA can be deceptive when trying to gauge their overall performance. BABIP and peripherals can fill in the gaps behind the on-the-surface numbers and give us a clearer picture of how well a pitcher is pitching.

Ok, so he’s good, but how good? The PLUS metrics

When looking at advanced statistical metrics, one has to take raw numbers with a grain of salt. The "+" metrics help us to take account of the time when a player played and the park he played in.

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