The Colorado Rockies are fourth in the National League in wRC+ on the road behind only the Brewers, Nationals, and Dodgers. In fact, those are the only four teams in the NL over 100 in wRC+. The Rockies also rank fourth in wOBA and wRAA on the road behind those same teams.
They are third in OPS on the road, third in isolated power on the road, and second in slugging on the road. The Rockies lead the NL in wRC -- you guessed it-- on the road.
The Colorado Rockies are eighth in the NL in road BABIP.
So why is Bill Madden of the New York Daily News on MLB Network claiming, "the Rockies have bigger home/road gaps then ever before! What happened to the humidor?"
And why is no one correcting him?
The Rockies as a team are having the same problem I discussed with Troy Tulowitzki and the MVP debate.
Their tOPS+, which measures their road performance against their home performance shows them at the below average mark of 72.
This is why when Madden says things like, "they have a 100 point differential in batting average and on base percentage and a 200 point differential in slugging!" no one corrects him, because those things are all true. The problem is, this is not the result of them being bad on the road, it is the result of them being absurdly good at home.
Instead of measuring the Rockies road performance against themselves, the Rockies road performance should be measured against the rest of the league. This stat is called sOPS+ and shows the Rockies at the above average mark of 110.
The Rockies are being docked points for something they do better than the rest of the league for the sole reason that they are destroying people at home.
Interestingly, the team immediately trailing the Rockies in wRC+ on the road is the team with the best record in baseball: the San Francisco Giants. The Rockies are closer to the Nationals (105) and Dodgers (103) than the Giants at 92. At 101, the Rockies are exactly as close to the first place Brewers (110) as the Giants are to them.
And yet, I have not heard a single person accuse the Giants of being a mirage due to their below average play on the road.
Will this continue the rest of the season? Honestly, I doubt it. It's hard to win on the road in the MLB. They say that if you win half of your games on the road and two-thirds of your games at home, you have a successful formula for getting to the playoffs.
Colorado is 10-12 on the road so far and 13-5 at home so they can even afford to fall off a bit and maintain a decent pace.
That the Rockies may not continue to play this well away from Coors Field does not change the fact that they have. And using their own home stats as the only measure against them is unfair and misleading.
So far this season, the Milwaukee Brewers are the best traveling offense in the NL. After that, the Rockies are as good or better than any team in the National League at producing runs. Spread the word.