Fans of the Colorado Rockies and the game of baseball know that the game is filled with numbers. Stats as far as the eye can see can make any analytical nerd, like myself, dreams come true. However, sometimes there are stats that do not make a whole lot of sense.
As I was sorting through some of the Colorado Rockies‘ numbers on baseball-reference.com (the best site for stats, hands down, in my opinion), trying to find any sort of trend that could help explain the up-and-down first month of the season, I stumbled upon an anomaly. It was a statistic that had no reason or explanation for its being. Charlie Blackmon is hitting better in games in which the Rockies have lost rather than games in which they have won … and by a wide margin.
After 34 games this season, Blackmon’s batting average is sitting at a healthy .293 but his splits are completely backwards. In the 15 wins, he is hitting .275, but in the 19 losses, he’s at an impressive .310.
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By comparison, Trevor Story is second on the team, in this odd category, with a meager .237 average. Then there is Nolan Arenado, who’s splits are at the extreme opposite of Chuck Nazty, batting .391 in wins and .219 in losses. As our Kevin Henry recently pointed out, as Nolan Arenado goes, so do the Rockies.
As for Blackmon, he has been single handedly trying to keep the Rockies in ballgames. Case in point, in Friday and Saturday night’s losses, Chuck Nazty has gone 4-for-9 with a home run, 3 RBI, and a pair of runs scored. Unfortunately for the Blackmon and the Rockies, he hasn’t gotten much help from the rest of the team, especially from the pitching staff as of late.
Like most things in baseball, this ridiculous stat will likely correct itself throughout the course of the season. However, much like Chuck Nazty himself, it is an anomaly.