After a month of games I reviewed the individual team leaders early in May. This time I am going to look at how the Rockies rank in various categories as a team or by position. With a little over two months of action I think it is safe to say we know what the Rockies will be in 2012: crappy.
Let’s hit up some of the team batting stats first. With a team triple slash of .263/.326/.448 that is good for fourth/fifth/first in the National League. The team is second in the NL in home runs, sixth in hits, fourth in stolen bases, sixth in doubles and second in triples. Now for some shocking news: the team is third to last in team strikeouts. Only the San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies have fanned fewer. They are middle of the road in walks.
This team can hit, we know this, it is obvious everyday when they lost 7-12 or whatever the score. I am shocked at how infrequently they strikeout compared to the rest of the National League and guess that reputation from a few years ago needs to cease.
When looking at advanced offensive metrics the team ranks third in wRC+, second on wOBA and first in ISO.
News flash: it’s the pitching that stinks.
As a team the Rockies currently have the worst team ERA, by nearly a full run, in the National League. The Rockies sport a 5.31 ERA while the Houston Astros come in second with a team ERA of 4.37. The Rockies also have the worst FIP and third worst xFIP. The team is middle of the pack in strikeouts per nine innings but is third in the NL in walks allowed per nine innings and second in home runs allowed per nine innings.
If we look at the starting rotation it gets even uglier.
The Rockies starting rotation has a 6.17 ERA which is easily the worst in the NL. The Houston Astros have an ERA of 4.49 from their starters. The Rox starting has the worst FIP, xFIP, HR/9 and second worst BB/9.
Again, we know this. Telling anyone that the Rockies starting rotation is like telling me the US is in debt. Duh!
In the field the Rockies aren’t good either. They are second to last in UZR/150, have committed the sixth most errors and most team errors in baseball and have by FAR the fewest defensive runs saved in the NL. The Milwaukee Brewers have -26 defensive runs saved and the Rockies have -52!
Batting good. Pitching bad. Fielding bad. GM keeps his job (had to jab that in there).
And since I love to rag on third base and Marco Scutaro here are the WAR totals for each position for the Rockies and their rank in the NL.
Catcher: 0.5 WAR (11th)
First: 0.7 (8th)
Second: 0.4 (10th)
Third: 0.0 (15th)
Short: 1.7 (5th)
Left: 2.6 (4th)
Center: 2.7 (4th)
Right: 1.5 (9th)
WAR factors in defense and you can see how it impacts this team. A team full of hitters (according the stats listed earlier) and the best the team can do is fourth where Carlos Gonzalez and Dexter Fowler usually play.
It feels like 1999 all over again in LoDo.