the Rockies should swing away


The Rockies are a perfect microcosm of this phenomenon, just without striking out opponents as the Rockies have the lowest number in baseball at 432 on the season. The Rockies starters have combined for a 4.17 ERA, which is 16th best in the MLB. That number climbs when you factor in the bullpen (No. 24 at 4.67), but the Rockies starters have often kept Colorado in games. On the flip side, the Rockies offense has failed to score more than two runs in one-third of their games (19 of 57), including 10 shutouts. In most categories, the Colorado offense is – no surprise – toward the end of the pack. The Rockies rank No. 19 in batting average at .233, No. 22 in on-base percentage at .302, and are tied for 21st in slugging percentage at .380. They are tied for 23rd in homers at 53, 22nd in strikeouts at 514, and rank in the middle of the pack at 15th in runs scored (247) and walks (181).