Bryan wrote yesterday about what manager Walt Weiss thought about Colorado's offensive home/road issues. To that I say, what road offense issues? Through two games the Rockies are leading the league in offensive fWAR, hits, homers, runs, and RBI. In other words, they'd be a heck of a rotisserie style fantasy team.
Yes, it's only two games against a mediocre Milwaukee Brewers starting rotation and bottom of the barrel bullpen, but it's certainly an encouraging sign for Rockies fans hoping to see a much better product on the field this year than they saw in 2012. I'm going to enjoy it while I can.
Having a healthy Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki knocking the stuffing out of the ball - a combined 4 HR and 7 RBI to date - is just what the doctor ordered, sure, but they aren't the only ones who look to be in mid-season form. In fact, every starting position player from the Opening Day lineup has at least two hits. In order to be successful this year, the bats will have to keep producing at a similar rate for Colorado.
Pitch Types at Coors Field
Switching gears - let's talk about pitching. Dan Rozenson of Baseball Prospectus wrote a (free!) investigation of the types of pitches that perform well at Coors Field using Pitch F/X data for the 2012 season. Read the whole thing for some great insights into the effects of altitude on pitched balls, but in short the article proves pretty convincingly that curveballs are the most affected pitch at altitude and that sliders are the most normal.
Furthermore, it shows that cutters are more effective than sinkers. Obviously, this runs counter to the sinkerball strategy the Rockies have been employing somewhat over the last few years and merits further investigation. For another study on pitch types at Coors Field, please see Carlos Gonzalez, God on the Mountain.
Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs wrote a great examination of how Jonathan Lucroy framed pitches (particularly low fastballs) against the Rockies on Monday.
Apparently Carlos Gonzalez just wants to play one outfield position. If it's left field, so be it.
Cee Angi wrote a downright prescient (considering what almost when down last night with Yu Darvish) and very good article about the unpredictability of no-hitters.
Grant Brisbee kicks off Troll Tuesday in style with his wonderfully pretentious ode to baseball.