Summary 83-79 C
In the end, they were ordinary. They were never in first place, and mostly in third, which is where they wound up, but the Rockies made what, for them, has become an almost annual pennant drive, and on September 18th they were a single game behind SF and SD, at 82-66, having won 13 of 15 to close the gap by 6½. Sadly, they were swept by Arizona, lost 2 of 3 to SF, and were swept by the Dodgers and Cardinals to fall back in the end to an ordinary record. But it was a heady ride while it lasted.
Hitters 74.75-87.25 D
Amazing, that a NOT park-adjusted metric should find the Rockies a weak-hitting team. The park-adjusted OPS+ stat shows that of 10 batters with 350+ PAs only TWO of them are over league average – Troy Tulowitski and Carlos Gonzalez (the two Colorado signed to long-term contracts, both young and good). Lots of OPS+ in the nineties – below league but not a disaster – plus Clint Barmes at 67. This was NOT a good hitting team, by any objective standard.
Starters 87.25-74.75 B
The rotation is the mirror image of the hitters (at least their calculated record). Ubaldo Jimenez was the best pitcher on the planet for the first half of the season, and a very good one all year. Three other starters (Hammel, Chacin and de la Rosa) all deserved winning records, though not nearly so dominant as Jimenez, and only the pitch-if-we-must pair of Rogers and Smith were bad.
Bullpen 112/512 B
The Rockies had six relievers make 44 or more appearances (the 7th was at 35 and under 30 IP) and they get 4 A’s, 1 B and 1 C, which is a pretty good report card. As often happens, the rest of the cast was weak, but the overall result was a pretty good bullpen, and even better when you consider the Coors field effect. If your pitching (and defense) is B and your hitting is D, you wind up with a C season, which is what they had.
|Eric Young Jr.||189||597||.281||D-|
|Ubaldo Jimenez||33||221.2||2.88||19 – 8||24.25 – 8.75|
|Jason Hammel||30||177.2||4.81||10 – 9||15.25 – 14.75|
|Aaron Cook||23||127.2||5.08||6 – 8||10.5 – 12.5|
|Jhoulys Chacin||21||126.2||2.98||9 – 10||13 – 8|
|Jorge de la Rosa||20||121.2||4.22||8 – 7||12 – 8|
|Jeff Francis||19||102.1||4.93||4 – 6||8 – 11|
|Esmil Rogers||8||38.1||6.34||1 – 2||2 – 6|
|Greg Smith||8||39.0||6.23||1 – 2||2.25 – 5.75|