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This Week in Purple: Are you a glass half empty or a glass half full person?

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What was good for you this week?

This is an interesting week for This Week in Purple because the Rockies’ good and bad from the past week was fairly equal. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that what you focused on more over the Rockies’ first seven games indicates whether your a glass half full or glass half empty person.

If you’re a glass half full person, you just can’t stop thinking about how dang good the pitching was.

If you’re a glass half empty person, the fact that you’ve been satisfied when the Rockies get an infield hit keeps you up at night.

We have a pretty clear good and bad, so let’s get into it.

What was bad

The offense. The offense was bad. And there’s a lot of startling evidence for the glass half emptyers to pull from. The Rockies, as a team, hit .197/.245/.283 over their first seven games, which amounts to a wRC+ of 28. The team’s wOBA is .234, 26th worst in baseball. And that all includes the two games in which the Rockies actually hit. In the final four games of the opening road series, the Rockies scored just two runs. They were lucky to go 1-3 in those contests. An incredible play by Nolan Arenado was all that stood between it being a single run scored in four consecutive losses.

There are some caveats though. First and foremost, it’s only seven games! The Rockies also tend to play horribly in Florida. They don’t play in Tampa often, but of all the ballparks in which the Rockies have played at least 300 games, their team OPS at Marlins Park (.621) is second worst to Atlanta’s Fulton County Stadium (.613).

The caveat to the caveat, however, is that the offense was the team’s biggest weakness in 2018, and starting out this way can lead to legitimate worry about whether or not the Rockies’ starting rotation can be good enough to bail out the offense a second year in a row.

What was good

Speaking of pitching, it has been very good! Mostly! The team’s collective ERA is a respectable 3.54, which is 14th best in baseball as of Thursday afternoon. And the rotation has had more quality starts (4) than not (3). Even better, German Márquez and Kyle Freeland have pretty much picked up where they left off last season. They’ve combined to give up just five runs in 2423 innings pitched. Also, Márquez’s ERA+ is 652 right now.

There’s a caveat here as well though. Both Chad Bettis and Tyler Anderson threw clunkers, which is a reminder that however good the top of the rotation is, it’s not so solid at the bottom.

What else was good

Last week, I wrote about watching the first game of the series on my phone while at a hotel room in Chicago — it was a mix of good and bad. I’m traveling again this week, but this time it’s just away from one home and to another. I’m in Denver for opening weekend baseball, and it’s going to be above freezing! I’m also grateful for the chance to meet some of our readers at Purple Row’s Opening Day breakfast. This is all good.

What was good for you this week?