Colorado Rockies

Posted by Baseball Bob at 08:13
Feb 142011

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.

Charts

Runs Times
<3 51
3 15
4 24
5 13
6 17
>6 42

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Batter PA OPS wOBA Grade
Carlos Gonzalez 636 974 .416 A+
Troy Tulowitzki 529 949 .408 A
Dexter Fowler 505 757 .335 C
Todd Helton 473 729 .328 C
Ian Stewart 441 781 .337 C
Clint Barmes 432 656 .284 D-
Miguel Olivo 427 764 .327 C
Seth Smith 398 783 .338 C
Ryan Spilborghs 388 797 .349 B-
Melvin Mora 354 779 .344 C+
Brad Hawpe 346 757 .330 C
Jonathan Herrera 257 694 .311 D+
Chris Iannetta 223 701 .314 C-
Jason Giambi 222 776 .344 C+
Eric Young Jr. 189 597 .281 D-
Ubaldo Jimenez 83 231 .108 F

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Starter Games Innings ERA W/L Deserved
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

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Reliever G IP ERA Val GR Effective Ineffective yikes YIKES!
Matt Belisle 76 91.2 2.93 25 A 53 20 1 2
Rafael Betancourt 72 62.1 3.61 23 A 50 17 5 0
Manuel Corpas 55 61.1 4.70 9 C+ 37 10 6 2
Huston Street 44 47.1 3.61 20 A+ 34 6 4 0
Joe Beimel 71 44.2 3.40 21 A- 48 20 2 1
Esmil Rogers 20 33.2 5.88 -2 F 12 4 2 2
Franklin Morales 35 28.2 6.28 -3 F 18 13 4 0
Randy Flores 47 27.1 2.96 9 B- 29 17 0 1
Matt Daley 28 23.1 4.24 3 C- 17 9 1 1
Matt Reynolds 21 18.0 2.00 9 A+ 15 6 0 0
Jhoulys Chacin 7 10.2 6.75 0 D- 4 2 1 0
Taylor Buchholz 7 10.0 4.50 0 D- 4 2 1 0
Manny Delcarmen 9 8.1 6.48 -2 F 5 2 1 1
Edgmer Escalona 5 6.0 1.50 2 A+ 4 0 1 0
Octavio Dotel 8 5.1 5.06 -1 F 4 3 1 0
Samuel Deduno 4 2.2 3.38 0 D- 2 2 0 0
Jeff Francis 1 2.0 9.00 -1 F 0 1 0 0
Juan Rincon 2 2.0 4.50 0 D- 1 1 0 0

One Response to “Colorado Rockies”

  1. egossage, on Fowler: yes, frustrating. But befroe we start clamoring for Tyler Colvin to take over in CF, has anyone bothered to look at why the Cubs gave up on him? This was Colvin’s April 2011:.137/.228/.314 And Colvin’s May:.000/.000/.000That May was just 12 plate appearances, after which he was sent down Ian Stewart style. Oh, and Colvin lifetime against lefties? .199 BA. So unless something remarkable happened to him in spring training, even if he gets his stroke back you’ve got to assume he’s a platoon player. And his platoon partner is ?? Well, probably Dex, cause it sure ain’t EY II.No, I’m not crying in my beer about losing the endlessly infuriating Ian Stewart. I’m just pointing out that: (1) there’s a reason the Cubs were willing to part with Colvin for that very same Ian Stewart that we ran out of town; (2) that very same Ian Stewart, infuriating as he is, is still a better option than Chris Nelson or Jordan Pacheco. O’Dowd and Tracy are like the teacher who grades kids based on effort rather than results. Poor Jonny has an 85 IQ but he manages to just barely pass by scoring 70 on his math tests. Gifted Ian has a 120 IQ but is too lazy to study, so he gets 85s on his math tests and a grade of B. O’Dowd and Tracy prefer hard-working limited-skill Jonny to infuriating Ian. I understand why; nobody likes the slacker. But what I don’t understand is why they think the overperforming limited skills guy actually makes their team better than the underperforming high skills guy. If I handed out bonuses based on effort rather than results I’d be run out of my job. Why not these guys?VA:F [1.9.16_1159](from 0 votes)

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