Mar 10, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu (9) and third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) before a spring training game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
Our Colorado Rockies have played three series. In each series I have gone against the grain by picking our Rockies to win both their road series and lose their home series. I stand before you with a perfect record.
It is easy to ride high into Los Angeles and believe our Rockies can take their 3rd consecutive road series. Seemingly forever pigeon-holed in the cliché “sure they can hit but they can’t pitch“, a quick glance at the numbers suggests things are changing.
A perfect snapshot of the changes can be seen by looking back at the Rockies start last season after 9 games. The Rockies had already scored 50 runs but had given up 54 runs. 2015 is a new season and after 9 games our Rockies have maintained their offensive potential scoring 45 runs BUT have only given up 25 runs to date.
Our Rockies sit 2nd overall in the NL with an ERA of 2.41. Despite all the traffic on the bases due to hit batters and walks, the Rockies still sit 4th overall in WHIP at 1.16. The Dodgers sit 11th and 7th in these pitching categories.
- The Rockies lead the NL in runs (45), the Dodgers are 2nd (43).
- The Rockies lead the NL in doubles (29), the Dodgers are 3rd (21).
- The Rockies lead the NL in batting average (.301), the Dodgers are 3rd (.274).
I’m telling you all this good news to butter you up. I expect the Dodgers to sweep the Rockies.
Please continue reading to understand my rationale. Please feel free to leave comments below.