Ask any baseball fan about the Colorado Rockies and they’ll likely talk about hitting at Coors Field. With that in mind, let’s look back at three hitters who took advantage of their home environment in 2020.
The 2020 campaign was a disappointing one for the Colorado Rockies, who finished with a 26-34 mark. That includes a 12-18 mark at home, where they went 9-11 against both foes from the National League West and those American League West teams who paid Denver a visit.
Another interesting stat we saw about the Rockies at Coors Field last season is that opposing teams hit more homers (43) at 20th and Blake than Colorado (35). It was part of a season where Colorado hit just 63 homers overall, finishing 11th out of the 15 NL teams in that category.
But let’s look at more than just homers in this article. Let’s dive into which players took advantage in 2020 of playing at Coors Field. We looked into the stats to find three players who hit well and, yes, we’ll tell you just how they fared on the road in comparison.
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We’ll start with Hilliard. The 26-year-old outfielder, because of playing time and spending some time at Colorado’s alternate training site, played in just 13 games at home (totaling 35 at-bats). However, despite the small sample size, when he was on the field in Denver, he made the most of it, slashing .314/.368/.457. However, only one of his six homers on the season came in Denver. The other five came on the road.
But while Hilliard had more power on the road, he also struggled much more overall at the plate. Playing in 23 road games and logging 70 at-bats (exactly double the number he gathered in Denver in 2020), Hilliard hit .157/.224/.429. He also struck out 35 times in those 70 at-bats (he struck out only seven times in 35 at-bats in Denver).