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Comparing the 2019 Real Rockies with the 2020 Sim Rockies

Sim Rockies news and statistics from May 25-June 1, 2020

It is officially June, which means we are nearly halfway through 2020 already! We are also entering month three of our Purple Row Sim, so thank you for following along as we navigate through simulated baseball in the absence of real baseball. The Sim Rockies are currently 25-34 and last in the National League. Not great. There have been some crazy roster moves that have taken place over the last few weeks, so hopefully things will turn around. Although June is a notoriously bad month for the Real Rockies, but maybe that will be different in our simulation.

In this simulated stats update, we will take a look at the 2019 Real Rockies stats and see how they compare to the Sim Rockies, starting with batters.

Note: All players included in the 2019 table overlap with current Sim Rockies roster members. Players who did not see major league action during this time frame with the Rockies last year are not included.

Real Rockies batting stats through June 1, 2019

Name AB HR RBI SB AVG R H OBP SLG OPS BB K
Name AB HR RBI SB AVG R H OBP SLG OPS BB K
Nolan Arenado 228 15 51 1 0.342 46 78 0.393 0.627 1.020 20 27
Charlie Blackmon 200 10 31 2 0.300 35 60 0.356 0.565 0.921 14 40
Drew Butera 17 0 0 0 0.176 4 3 0.222 0.294 0.516 1 4
David Dahl 174 5 19 1 0.328 29 57 0.380 0.523 0.903 14 56
Ian Desmond 167 6 22 0 0.246 25 41 0.321 0.461 0.782 18 50
Josh Fuentes 18 0 0 0 0.111 2 2 0.111 0.111 0.222 0 8
Garrett Hampson 93 1 6 1 0.194 10 18 0.224 0.269 0.493 4 26
Ryan McMahon 132 6 21 1 0.250 23 33 0.344 0.432 0.776 19 38
Daniel Murphy 112 3 27 0 0.232 13 26 0.304 0.411 0.715 12 17
Trevor Story 232 15 42 10 0.293 53 68 0.360 0.556 0.916 21 68
Tony Wolters 125 1 18 0 0.304 17 38 0.345 0.424 0.769 10 21

Sim Rockies batting stats through June 1, 2020

Name AB HR RBI SB AVG R H OBP SLG OPS BB K WAR
Name AB HR RBI SB AVG R H OBP SLG OPS BB K WAR
Nolan Arenado 221 18 44 0 0.330 42 73 0.396 0.652 1.048 24 42 2.6
Charlie Blackmon 222 12 30 1 0.288 34 64 0.352 0.545 0.897 22 53 1.6
Drew Butera 24 1 4 1 0.208 3 5 0.345 0.333 0.678 4 4 0.3
David Dahl 240 6 22 1 0.246 28 59 0.300 0.433 0.733 18 54 0.2
Ian Desmond 158 9 21 0 0.241 18 38 0.305 0.443 0.748 14 49 1.2
Elias Díaz 82 1 6 0 0.256 3 21 0.315 0.354 0.668 7 17 0.6
Josh Fuentes 10 0 1 0 0.200 0 2 0.200 0.200 0.400 0 2 -0.1
Garrett Hampson 36 2 6 0 0.194 10 7 0.310 0.472 0.782 4 10 0.0
Sam Hilliard 46 2 4 0 0.152 4 7 0.220 0.348 0.568 4 19 -0.1
Ryan McMahon 207 15 35 0 0.251 30 52 0.326 0.556 0.882 22 73 0.6
Daniel Murphy 210 3 17 0 0.243 18 51 0.295 0.362 0.657 15 31 -0.3
Chris Owings 73 0 9 0 0.260 10 19 0.345 0.370 0.715 8 14 0.4
Trevor Story 235 15 33 4 0.251 34 59 0.305 0.528 0.832 19 66 1.4

As you look at these tables, a few things stick out. The first thing is that Nolan is being Nolan and putting up nearly identical numbers in Sim 2020 that he did in 2019. Charlie Blackmon is also putting up similar numbers in Sim 2020 that he did in 2019, if not slightly better. David Dahl’s slash has take a huge hit so far in Sim 2020, as has Trevor Story’s. However, some of their raw stats remain fairly on par with where they were last year. The dip in the average might account for some of the issues that are plaguing the Sim Rockies, but the pitching is where things are starkly different than last year.

Real Rockies pitching stats through June 1, 2019

Name W L IP K ERA WHIP SV BB G GS R ER K/9 BB/9
Name W L IP K ERA WHIP SV BB G GS R ER K/9 BB/9
Wade Davis 1 1 14.2 18 2.45 1.50 7 10 17 0 4 4 11.05 6.14
Jairo Díaz 1 0 7.0 7 2.57 0.86 0 1 6 0 2 2 9.00 1.29
Carlos Estévez 1 0 27.1 34 4.28 1.39 0 10 28 0 16 13 11.20 3.29
Kyle Freeland 2 6 59.1 49 7.13 1.57 0 25 12 12 50 47 7.43 3.79
Jon Gray 5 4 72.1 75 4.11 1.29 0 28 12 12 33 33 9.33 3.48
Jeff Hoffman 1 1 15.0 15 7.20 1.60 0 4 3 3 12 12 9.00 2.40
Germán Márquez 6 2 85.1 83 3.48 1.14 0 17 13 13 33 33 8.75 1.79
Jake McGee 0 0 5.2 4 0.00 1.41 0 1 7 0 0 0 6.35 1.59
Scott Oberg 3 0 26.1 22 1.71 1.06 2 13 24 0 6 5 7.52 4.44
Antonio Senzatela 3 4 48.0 29 5.81 1.65 0 20 9 9 32 31 5.44 3.75

Sim Rockies pitching stats through June 1, 2020

Name W L IP K ERA WHIP SV BB G GS R ER WAR K/9 BB/9
Name W L IP K ERA WHIP SV BB G GS R ER WAR K/9 BB/9
Ryan Castellani 1 1 13.2 11 7.24 1.680 0 8 3 3 11 11 -0.1 7.2 5.3
Tim Collins 1 0 13.2 15 3.95 1.760 0 11 17 0 7 6 0.1 9.9 7.2
Wade Davis 1 1 24.1 24 8.51 1.850 3 8 33 0 23 23 0.2 8.9 3.0
Carlos Estevéz 0 3 31.1 40 5.46 1.240 0 6 34 0 20 19 -0.1 11.5 1.7
Kyle Freeland 3 3 58.0 28 2.79 1.140 0 16 10 10 18 18 0.5 4.3 2.5
Chi Chi González 1 5 54.1 38 5.47 1.440 0 17 11 11 36 33 0.6 6.3 2.8
Evan Grills 1 0 7.0 5 0.00 0.140 0 0 1 1 0 0 0.3 6.4 0.0
Joe Harvey 0 1 8.2 7 10.38 1.730 0 1 10 0 10 10 0.0 7.3 1.0
Jeff Hoffman 4 0 48.1 36 5.59 1.470 0 14 26 2 30 30 0.5 6.7 2.6
Tyler Kinley 2 0 23.0 29 1.96 0.830 9 7 22 0 5 5 0.6 11.4 2.7
Germán Márquez 4 5 44.2 44 7.66 1.750 0 16 10 10 39 38 -0.6 8.9 3.2
Scott Oberg* 0 1 11.0 12 3.27 1.450 5 12 14 0 4 4 0.1 9.8 9.8
James Pazos 1 1 33.1 31 4.59 1.620 0 12 32 0 17 17 0.6 8.4 3.2
Antonio Senzatela 1 3 48.1 38 5.21 1.550 0 19 12 11 31 28 0.5 7.1 3.5
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The difference between these two sets of stats is astounding. Remember how Wade Davis was solid for the first part of the year last year? Same with Jake McGee? This simulated year, they are more of a liability. Davis was moved out of the closer role in favor of Scott Oberg (who is currently on the Sim IL with a broken wrist) and now Tyler Kinley (who wasn’t with the Rockies in 2019). Jake McGee was DFA’d on Friday. Bryan Shaw was waived before the season even started.

On the starting side, Kyle Freeland is bouncing back and is statistically the best starter on the team with his 3-3 record and 2.79 ERA in 10 starts. Last year, he was sitting at 2-6 with a 7.13 ERA in 12 starts and was optioned to Triple-A on May 31, 2019. Germán Márquez made his trip to Albuquerque to “work on things” after a 3-5 record and a 7.94 ERA. Last year, he had a 6-2 record and starting rotation-best 3.48 ERA. He’s back now, and Jon Gray is back down in Albuquerque after a 2-6 record and 5.66 ERA.

With all of that in mind, here is how the standings stack up against each other:

NL West Standings through June 1, 2019

Team W L GB
Team W L GB
Dodgers 40 19 --
Rockies 30 27 9.0
Padres 30 28 9.5
Diamondbacks 29 30 11.0
Giants 23 34 16.0

Sim NL West Standings through June 1, 2020

Team W L GB
Team W L GB
Padres 34 27 --
Dodgers 30 29 3.0
Giants 29 31 4.5
Diamondbacks 27 33 6.5
Rockies 25 34 8.0

NL Wild Card Standings through June 1, 2019

Team W L GB
Team W L GB
Cubs 31 25 1+
Braves 31 27 0.0
Rockies 30 27 0.5
Padres 30 28 1.0
Cardinals 29 28 1.5
Diamondbacks 29 30 2.5
Pirates 28 29 2.5
Mets 28 30 3.0
Reds 27 31 4.0
Nationals 25 33 6.0
Giants 23 34 7.5
Marlins 20 36 10.0

Sim NL Wild Card Standings through June 1, 2020

Team W L GB
Team W L GB
Pirates 35 24 --
Reds 33 27 --
Nationals 30 29 2.5
Dodgers 30 29 2.5
Giants 29 31 4.0
Marlins 29 31 4.0
Phillies 28 30 4.0
Mets 28 31 4.5
Diamondbacks 27 33 6.0
Cubs 27 34 6.5
Cardinals 27 34 6.5
Rockies 25 34 7.5

The Rockies continued at 15-13 in June 2019 and finished June in second place in the division with a 44-40 record behind the pesky Dodgers. Their 6-19 July killed them. A 15-13 record for the Sim Rockies would be nice, but hopefully they don’t go 6-19 in July (and hopefully we have real baseball in July).

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The Sim Rockies finish up in Arizona tonight against the Diamondbacks and then head back to California to take on said pesky Sim Dodgers to finish off the week.

As always, check out Ben Kouchnerkavich’s YouTube channel for all the Sim Rockies action. We will broadcast again on Thursday, and possibly on Friday if the Rox are headed for the sweep. Thanks for your continued support and, as always, go Rockies!