It’s been alleged that the Rockies are struggling on offense. The Post’s Jim Armstrong wrote an entire piece about it today. Jimmy is wrong and so is anybody else that agrees with him. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that their offensive production has been borderline outstanding.
According to Armstrong, the Rox are struggling offensively because they have a low team batting average — .257 (9th in NL). Here is what Jimmy had to say about it:
“The story within the story of their 13-5 start: The Rockies haven’t hit much. They’re hitting .257 as a team, leaving them ninth in the 16-team National League going into tonight’s game against the Marlins at Sun Life Stadium.
To say they expected more after acquiring the likes of Wigginton and Jose Lopez during the offseason is an understatement.”
There are so many things wrong about this statement. First of all, Wigginton and Lopez are both career .265 hitters. Last year, Lopez hit .239 and Wiggy hit .248. It’s doubtful that they’ll be doing much to boost that team batting average. Secondly, to say that the Rockies “haven’t hit much” is flat out wrong. They’ve hit a ton.
Currently, the Rox are second in the NL in team OBP and doubles while being fourth in slugging and homeruns. Those numbers, particularly OBP, kind of make batting average moot. What’s more, the Rockies rank second in the NL in runs scored.
Stats are great, but sometimes we get carried away, forgetting to pay attention to the end result. Currently, the Rockies rank as the National League’s second best offense. How can a team that hasn’t “hit much” have this kind of production?
The worst part is that I pulled these numbers straight out of the article itself. It’s like Armstrong’s editor was trying to prove him wrong — which he did.
The point of this rant: the Rockies are a very good offensive team. They will continue to be as long as they are getting on base and collecting extra base hits. It’s really very simple.
Speaking of solid offense, Todd Helton has “hit much” this year.
Baseball is considering the addition of another wild card for the baseball playoffs. I love the playoffs. I have zero problem with post-season expansion.
Today in Baseball History:
1876 — Three thousand fans attend the Philadelphia Athletics’ 6-5 loss to the Boston Red Caps in the first game ever played in the National League. The Athletic Park contest becomes the new circuit’s inaugural event by default when other scheduled games are rained out.
1903 — In the first game of franchise history, the New York Highlanders (later to be renamed Yankees) lose their opener at Washington, 3-1 with Jack Chesbro taking the loss.
1914 — Babe Ruth, in his first pro game, shutouts Providence to give Baltimore a 6-0 win.
1915 — Yankee uniforms feature pinstripes for the first time.
For three days, I haven’t been able to get this song out of my head. Now I’d like to implant it into your brain.