Saunders: Rockies by the numbers paints a mediocre picture

We’re about one-fifth of the way into the Rockies’ season. Time for some number crunching and connecting some dots:

16-15: What does the Rockies’ record heading into the weekend tell us? It sure doesn’t promise success or a trip to the postseason.

Only nine times in their previous 29 years of existence did the Rockies have a winning record at this point of the season. But even then, they made the playoffs only three times, in 1995, 2017 and ’18. So the June Swoon and the May Malaise have bitten the Rockies quite often.

Two of the Rockies’ best teams — the 2007 World Series team and the ’09 wild-card playoff team — started out 13-18 but rebounded. But those were special teams, from top to bottom perhaps the most talented in club history.

The 1997 Rockies started out 21-10, but finished 83-79 and missed the playoffs. The 2014 Rockies came out of the gate hot, at 18-13, but stumbled to 66-96.

11-5: Colorado’s home record (.688) was the fourth-best in the majors entering the weekend, topped only by the Yankees (14-4, .778), Brewers (10-4, .714) and Dodgers (10-3, .769). All three of those teams led their division. The Rockies, however, were in fifth place in the tough National League West. Which leads us to their road woes.

5-10: The Rockies’ road record (.333) after they lost nine of their last 10 games away from Coors Field. Only three teams — Reds (3-15, .167), Tigers (3-10, .231) and Orioles (5-11, .313) going into the weekend — were worse on the road.

The Rockies are on pace to go 27-55 on the road, which would rank as the fifth-worst in the franchise history.

.281: Home batting average, best in the majors.

.229: Road batting average, ranked 15th.

18: Home runs hit at home, ranking seventh.

10: Home runs hit on the road, ranking 27th.

38: The number of home runs first baseman C.J. Cron is on pace to hit this season if he gets 547 at-bats as he did last season. The 38 homers would be the most since Nolan Arenado hit 41 in 2019.

But the Rockies, with Kris Bryant still sidelined by a back injury, had hit only 28 home runs as a team, ranking 17th. That was not part of the offseason blueprint.

6: Stolen bases — for the entire team — entering the weekend. That ranked 27th in the majors, as did the Rockies’ 50% success rate on stolen bases. Just one more reason why the Rockies need to start hitting the ball out of the park.

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5.01: Colorado’s bullpen ERA. It ranked as the second-highest in the majors. Only the Reds (5.16) were worse. The Rockies had a 4.91 ERA last season, ranking as the fifth-worst bullpen in the majors. A 5.01 relievers’ ERA was also not part of the blueprint.

0.79:  ERA for right-hander Tyler Kinley, the fourth-lowest in the National League for pitchers with at least 13 appearances, and the lowest ERA by a Rockies reliever through 13 games to start a season since Adam Ottavino’s 0.66 ERA in 2018. Kinley and closer Daniel Bard (nine saves, 2.38 ERA) have been sturdy pillars for an otherwise shaky ‘pen.

43: The number of double plays the Rockies had turned, including 39 via groundballs. Both numbers ranked No. 1 in the majors. Too bad the Rockies’ 24 errors were the fifth-most in the majors.

7.13: Strikeouts per nine innings by Rockies pitchers, ranking as the third-fewest in the majors. Which is why the Rockies need all of those groundball double plays.

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