Colorado Rockies: Looking Back at April’s Achievements
The Colorado Rockies finished April with an 11-12 mark, good enough to be just a half-game out of the National League West lead in a division where no team has yet to grab control.
During April, there were some amazing moments and statistics for the Rockies. Of course, most people are well aware of the record-tying home run binge for Trevor Story as an MLB rookie. But there was more to the Rockies in April than just Story’s amazing … well, story.
In this article, we’ll take a look back at some of the statistics for the month that stood out the most, both as a team and individually.
As a team, the Rockies finished third in MLB with a .277 overall average. Their 126 runs scored was fourth-best in the Majors and no team hit more homers than Colorado in the month as the Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks each mashed 37 home runs.
However, it wasn’t just homers that the Rockies hit. Colorado’s slugging percentage of .496 was the best in baseball as was their on-base and slugging percentage at .836. In all, Colorado tied for third in MLB with 50 doubles and was fifth in triples with eight.
Individually, Story and Nolan Arenado ended the month tied for the MLB lead in homers with 10 each. Story also finished tied for second in MLB with three triples. His 17 extra-base hits tied for the second-most in MLB history in his first month in the league.
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Carlos Gonzalez finished April with a .330 average and 30 overall hits in 91 at-bats. Ryan Raburn showed his value by posting a .371 average with four homers and eight RBI in 35 at-bats.
Pitching-wise, the Colorado Rockies finished 29th in ERA with a 5.50 showing. They also gave up 32 homers, tied for fifth-most in the Majors.
Tyler Chatwood impressed with a 3-2 record and 2.73 ERA as did Chad Bettis by posting a 2-1 mark and 3.77 ERA. Miguel Castro also burst onto the scene with a 1.50 ERA in six innings.
Perhaps one of the most impressive months on the mound was posted by Boone Logan, who continued to show his improvement over past years by absolutely devastating left-handed hitters. Despite a career 4.51 ERA, Logan posted a 2.89 ERA in April, striking out 11 in 9.1 innings of work.
Of course, there were some disappointments on the mound in April, most notably Jorge De La Rosa. Colorado’s all-time winningest pitcher finished the month on the disabled list and with a 10.18 ERA. Jason Gurka and Jordan Lyles were each sent to Triple-A after horrendous months and David Hale was designated for assignment after posting a 13.50 ERA, the highest on the team.
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There were a lot of unforgettable moments in April, from Story’s historic run to some of the discussion surrounding the new fences at Coors Field. It sets up for what should be an interesting May with the Colorado Rockies sitting near the top of the division standings and Nolan continuing to be Nolan, on the field and at the plate.