Colorado Rockies: Can they keep up with the Los Angeles Dodgers?

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 15: Charlie Blackmon
DENVER, CO - AUGUST 15: Charlie Blackmon /
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Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies
DENVER, CO – JULY 19: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies hits a home run in the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field on July 19, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /

The Stats

If you look solely at statistics it tells a different story. The Dodger with the most home runs was rookie Cody Bellinger (39), the Rockies have two tying for it, Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon (37). Offensively both the teams are extremely skillful. The Dodgers posted 730 RBIs this season and the Rockies with 793. Nolan Arenado had 130, Charlie Blackmon trailed him with 104, and Mark Reynolds was third on the team with 97 RBI. Like Reynolds, Cody Bellinger had 97 RBI but he was the leader for the Dodgers. They didn’t have anybody else above 77 RBI but they had four players between 71 and 77 RBI.

Pitching is where the tide starts to shift towards the Dodgers. LA’s pitchers have a combined ERA of 3.38, whereas the Rockies have an ERA of 4.51. With pitching in a pitcher’s park like Dodger Stadium and a hitter’s park like Coors Field, it is easier to pitch in Dodger Stadium but even with comparing the pitching staff’s by ERA+, the Dodgers pitchers had a 124 ERA+ while the Rockies had a 111 ERA+.

Along with ERA and ERA+, the Dodgers obviously take the crown for the most wins with 104 and the Rockies with 87. Statistics are like bars of gold in baseball nowadays and these are stats to pay attention to when talking baseball.