The first half of the season is officially over and the All-Star Game is Tuesday. That means it's time to doll out some grades for the Colorado Rockies' first half performance.
The obvious strength of the Colorado Rockies is their offense, and it has come good in the first half of the 2014 season. They score a National League best 4.76 runs a game while hitting for a Major League best .281 average. And the impressive ranks don't stop there, either. They lead all of Major League Baseball in hits, OPS and total bases. They lead the National League in home runs and RBI and are second in doubles. The reason they only receive an A- is their inconsistency on the road this season and the tendency to come up small against high level pitchers.
Any surprise here? The Rockies pitching staff, besieged by injuries, has posted a ML worst 5.09 ERA, a ML worst 113 HR allowed, and second to worst WHIP. Rockies pitching has never been spectacular, but this year is an unmitigated disaster.
With a defensive efficiency and fielding percentage in the bottom third of the Majors, but the Rockies defense certainly passes the eye test. Nolan Arenado and Troy Tulowitzki form the best left side of the infield in the majors, DJ LeMahieu is 9 runs better than the average second baseman, and Justin Morneau is 7 runs better at first. Plainly said, the best infield in baseball. The outfield, with or without Carlos Gonzalez and/or Michael Cuddyer is full of athletes, much needed in the wide open spaces of the Coors Field outfield.
15 games under .500 and the fourth worst record in baseball, the only reason this first half isn't an unequivocal F is because of the injuries. So many guys missed so many games, an F would be unfair. D-, though, just about right.
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