Colorado Rockies: The hitters who struggled against them in 2020
By Kevin Henry
Despite the astronomical numbers allowed overall by Colorado Rockies pitching in 2020, there were still some surprising names who struggled against them.
Over the weekend, we discussed which opposing batters performed the best against Colorado Rockies pitching in 2020. Today, we’re going to take a look at which opponents struggled when they faced Colorado. And, as we did in our previous article, we’re only looking at batters who had 20 or more plate appearances against the Rockies in 2020.
One of the more surprising names who didn’t fare well against Colorado this past season was Max Muncy of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Muncy, named one of the Rockies killers of the last decade, went just 6-for-34 against Colorado this season (.176). However, even in a seemingly down time at the plate, Muncy still found a way to make the most of his moments. Of Muncy’s six hits, two went for home runs. He also drew eight walks (tied with teammate Cody Bellinger for the most earned against Rockies pitching in 2020) and scored half of the times he reached base.
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Two players posted double-digit strikeouts against the Rockies in 2020, and they both played for the San Diego Padres. Trent Grisham struck out 13 times in 46 plate appearances (28.3 percent) and Fernando Tatis Jr. whiffed 10 times in 46 plate appearances (21.7 percent). However, both trailed Shin Soo-Choo in strikeout percentage. The Texas outfielder struck out seven times in 22 PAs (31.8 percent).
Let’s move up the California coast to San Francisco and take a look at Evan Longoria. The veteran third baseman hit .254 overall in 2020, but just .189 against Colorado. His OPS of .528 against Colorado was the lowest of any qualified hitter and his wRC+ of 44 tied for the bottom with Elvis Andrus of Texas.
Sure, it may be some small sample sizes we’re looking at here, but at least it’s comforting for Rockies fans to know that there actually were some batters who Rockies pitchers got the best of in 2020.