The Rockies Exploding 2014 Offense – A Bigger Advantage Than Ever At Home: This Team Is Lethal
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I always have likened the Colorado Rockies to a heavyweight puncher that is capable of a knockout blow when you are least expecting it.
In 2014, they are making their best 45 Year Old George Foreman impression vs. James Buster Douglas!
You add in ALL – Star performances from Justin Morneau (looking like a Todd Helton clone circa 2007), Charlie Blackmon (putting up Dexter Fowler‘s best numbers) – and torrid play on defense and offense from 26 game hitting streak man ‘Nolan Arenado,” and you are talking about some haymakers being thrown.
The club assembled a decent Bullpen, and have an array of Starting Pitchers throw well on the bump.
Tulowitzki is playing out of his head, and this reminds of you have how hot this franchise can become when firing on all cylinders.
God Bless the Rockies too for the offense they play at Coors. There is a reason why they have a strong fanbase despite only turning out 6 winning campaigns since 1993.
This club has always been exciting to watch. As pitching has developed more prominently in the last few years, it atill struggles at Coors Field.
The Rockies have blazed the competition in the thin air @ Denver with a .355/.401/.600 3 Slash this far in 2014, with 33 HRs and 138 Runs Scored in 18 contests.
The guys passing the dish in 2014 amounts to be a 7.67 Runs Scored per game clip.
These numbers are reminiscent of the Pre – Humidor ERA (1993 – 2001), although their has been a 10% decline in offense, the Rockies positional players have still hit over .300 each of 12 years Post – Humidor seasons, with the 2008 squad being an exception.
Leading the National League in home Batting Average and Runs Scored is nothing new to the franchise, as it has led in both categories for over 90% of the seasons since coming into the league in the early 80’s.
Colorado has parlayed its early season hit barrage into a 13 – 5 record at Coors Field, and is in possession of the best Run Differential in the Majors currently at +48.
It is too bad these guys play in the NL West, where the Giants and Dodgers are both so tough to play against.
Right now SF leads the Division with a 21 – 12 mark, just one game ahead of the 21 – 14 Rockies.
The Dodgers are lurking at 19 – 15, but have received NL Cy Young Winning Clayton Kershaw back to the Starting Rotation – and should be a force moving forward this season.
Having to play these two powerhouses for 38 games this season is a tough negotiation – as this represent 23.5% of their entire schedule.
On the other end of that is that the Padres and Diamondbacks are far worse than advertised, so maybe this will work out in the end.
Morneau and Arenado are putting up numbers that are way above average for their positions.
Gonzalez and Tulowizki theoretically should both be in competition for the NL MVP if they can play 140 Games+.
Everyone is also forgetting they are missing reigning NL Batting Champ Michael Cuddyer, who is slated to come back rather shortly.
When push comes to shove, they also have a Catcher in Wilin Rosario, who may be capable of challenging for a HR crown one year – and could crush 25 – 30 big flies this year despite a slow power start.
This teams depth is downright filthy.
If Colorado can play in contention all year, also look for them to be buyers at the Trading Deadline.
This team could try to add another Starter and a Bullpen arm.
One player they should definitely seek out is Padres Closer/’Former Rox Reliver’ Huston Street.
Not sure that San Diego would part with him, but maybe by July they wouldn’t care – and be happy to have one of the many OF’s go back in their coiffeurs for the exchange.
In an age where runs are at a premium for scoring, Coors Field is not like that at all.
Not only am I a jealous of a Rockies fan to frequent their beautiful scenery the park, but I love offense most as a fan.
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Posted on May 7, 2014, in MLB Teams: Articles and Analysis, The Rest: Everything Baseball and tagged 2007 World Series, arizona damondbacks, brandon barnes, carlos gonzalez, charlie blackmon, colorado rockies, Coors Field, coors field humidor, Corey Dickerson, Dexter Fowler, drew stubbs, huston street, jordan lyles, jorge de la rosa, juan nicasio, justin morneau, la dodgers, michael cuddyer, nl west, nolan arenado, san diego padres, san francisco giants, todd helton, troy tulowitzki, tyler chatwood, wilin rosario. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on The Rockies Exploding 2014 Offense – A Bigger Advantage Than Ever At Home: This Team Is Lethal.