The Rockies have moved past the midway point of the season. We knew going into the season that they weren’t going to be a .500 team, let alone sniff playoff contention.
As for the dire predictions by many that the Rockies would lose 100 games for the first time in franchise history, I don’t think that’s going to happen. I never did.
Entering Saturday night’s game against the Cardinals, the Rockies were 35-48, on pace to finish 68-94. Before the season, I predicted that the Rockies would finish 72-90. I still think that’s about right.
Here’s a look back at the first half of their 2021 season, by the numbers:
.162: The Rockies’ winning percentage on the road. With a 6-31 record away from Coors Field, they are on pace to go 13-68, which would break the MLB record for fewest road wins in a 162-game season. The current record is shared by the 1963 Mets and 2010 Pirates (17-64). The good news? The Rockies still have six games left at Arizona, a team on pace to lose 118 games.
.630: Winning percentage at Coors Field that ranks as the seventh-best in the majors. The Rockies are on pace to finish with a 51-30 home record that would tie the 2009 team for the second-best home mark in franchise history. The 2010 team finished 52-29 at Coors.
.371: Slugging percentage for Charlie Blackmon, which is well below his .498 career mark. Blackmon turned 35 on Thursday and I’m wondering where his power has gone. He’s hit just four home runs.
.758: OPS for shortstop Trevor Story, a big step down from his career OPS of .865. Story is hitting just .251 in what’s been a very up-and-down year for him, but I still think he’ll be traded before the end of this month.
2.42: ERA for right-hander German Marquez in June, when he went 4-1 in six starts. Teams have been calling the Rockies about Marquez but I don’t think there is any way the Rockies trade him. He has a team-friendly deal through 2024.
4.17: Overall home ERA. It would rank as the best in franchise history. The 2010 team currently holds the franchise record (4.25).
5.60: Overall road ERA. It would rank as the worst in franchise history. The 2003 team has the highest (5.35).
3.40: ERA for starters at Coors Field, which is remarkable.
5.67: ERA for starters on the road. Go figure.
.284/.342/.477: Slash line at home. Colorado’s home batting average is the best in the majors, its on-base percentage ranks sixth and its slugging percentage is second.
.196/.270/.296: Slash line on the road, where the Rockies rank last in the majors in average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Colorado has scored just 97 runs in 37 road games.
.345: June batting average for left fielder Raimel Tapia, who’s ridden a roller coaster this season but has still been productive. He led the majors with 15 doubles in June, the second-most in any month in franchise history. Only Todd Helton, who hit 18 in 2020, had more.
15: Blown saves by Rockies relievers, tied for fourth-most in the majors.
11.52: ERA for right-handed reliever Yency Almonte, who has a 2.040 WHIP and has served up seven home runs in just 25 innings. Coming on the heels of his 2020 season (2.93 ERA, 1.120 WHIP, two homers in 27 2/3 innings), his performance ranks as one of the most disappointing of the 2021 season.
.160: Batting average for catcher Dom Nunez, the lowest in the majors (minimum of 150 plate appearances). He’s hitting .110 (8-for-73) since May 12. Despite Elias Diaz’s recent home run surge (four homers in four straight games), it’s clear that the Rockies have to do something to beef up their catching corps.
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