Of course, walks are just one way batters can reach base. Against the Diamondbacks, Colorado pitchers surrendered a .368 on base percentage, tying them for 25th in the league out of 30 teams.
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Arizona hitters posted a .258 average against Rockies pitchers in winning two of three games. That includes a .313 average against Colorado starters.
Jon Gray and Tyler Anderson will have a chance to redeem themselves before heading back to Coors Field for the home opener on Friday afternoon against the Atlanta Braves. That’s a very good thing, especially for Anderson, who gave up a league-high seven earned runs against the Diamondbacks.
Arizona hit .417 against Anderson and .333 against Gray, pushing them both into the bottom 12 performances of MLB’s opening weekend slate. They weren’t fooling batters and, when Arizona wasn’t swinging, they often couldn’t find the strike zone. That is a recipe for disaster as Colorado learned the hard way in the desert.