First Base: Paul Goldschmidt
Oh yeah, like you didn’t know he was gonna be here. Paul Goldschmidt has been an absolute Rockies killer his entire career and it’s a miracle that he won’t be in the NL West for the foreseeable future. The stats say the Rockies got him out every now and then but I don’t believe it.
In 130 games against the Rockies, Goldschmidt has a slash line of .314/.417/.564. That gives him an OPS of .981, which is the exact OPS that Ketel Marte hit for last year and his stat line was pretty good (150 wRC+, 7.1 fWAR, and a fourth-place finish in the NL MVP race). That’s right. Paul Goldschmidt was basically an MVP candidate any time he played the Rockies and that should come as a surprised to no one.
Second Base: Max Muncy
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A Los Angeles Dodger and a punchable face. They go together like lamb and tuna fish. Unfortunately, so do Dodgers and breaking the hearts of Rockies fans in the most unimaginable ways that you unfortunately already know are coming.
And Max Muncy is no exception. In his short time in the majors he has already WRECKED the Rockies with an OPS against Colorado of 1.162 in 32 games. That’s good enough for a tOPS+ of 163. What that means is his OPS is 63% better when he faces the Rockies, meaning we should probably just intentionally walk him every time we see him. After all, the Bonds Treatment would make sense given how close Muncy’s OPS against us is to Bonds’ OPS in 2000 (1.127, which was good enough for a wRC+ of 174).
He’s a great story if you’re a fan of the Dodgers or anyone else who appreciates an underdog. He’s terrible if you’re a Rockies fan and you think about how it feels like there’s no way to contain him. I recommend an American League trades for him, stat.