Colorado Rockies: reflecting on the 2017 season month by month
If you look at the numbers, the Rockies shouldn’t have played this well. They scored 4.6 runs per game and they allowed…4.8 runs per game. The offense only had a slash line of .247/.310/.440 and the pitching staff had an ERA of 4.58 (plus six unearned runs allowed in the month).
Just comparing runs in general, the Rockies got 119 runs on the month and allowed 125 runs.
Hypothetically and mathematically, they shouldn’t have done well…but they did.
The main people behind the team offensively were, as you may expect, Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon. Arenado had an offensive slash line of .293/.355/.616. He had 29 hits, nine doubles, seven home runs, and 16 RBI in addition to his stellar defense. Blackmon only had a slash line of .290/.336/.589 (which is much lower than his slash line on the season) but he still did well. On the month, he had 31 hits, five doubles, three triples, seven home runs, and 24 RBI.
On the pitching staff, Kyle Freeland had a breakout start to his rookie season with a 3-1 record and a 2.93 ERA and Antonio Senzatela was 3-1 with a 2.81 ERA in the first month of his rookie season.
They would end the month in first place, just half a game ahead of the D’Backs for first.