The Colorado Rockies have an even record through five games as they are 2-2 with one tie through their first five games. While that is an even record, the stats for the Rockies pitchers are not good.
The Rockies have a team ERA of 8.05 in their first five games, which is second-worst among the 30 teams and worst in the Cactus League. Rockies pitchers have only struck out 34 batters, which is tied for 25th. Opponents are hitting .296 against them, which is 26th, and they have a WHIP of 1.82, which is also 26th. They have allowed the 8th most hits (45), are tied for the most home runs allowed (9), and are tied for 8th-highest in walks (24).
Individually, many of the players that are hoping to factor into the Rockies bullpen have struggled mightily. Philip Diehl, Carlos Estevez (who recorded the loss on Friday), and Jesus Tinoco all have ERA’s north of 20 and all three of the trio have two appearances on the spring.
Chi Chi Gonzalez rebounded well in his last start but struggled in his first, which is why he still has an ERA of 6.00. Dereck Rodriguez allowed 2 earned runs in his first spring start so he has an ERA of 9.00. Ryan Castellani and Mychal Givens didn’t fare well either as Castellani allowed seven runs (four earned) in two innings on Wednesday. Givens allowed three earned runs on Friday.
Offensively, the team is faring much better, as do most teams in spring training. They have a team batting average of .270, which is the 7th highest in baseball. They are tied for 10th in RBI (25), 13th in runs (27), and have the 7th fewest strikeouts.
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However, they are 17th in on-base percentage (.349), 17th in slugging percentage (.439), 25th in walks (17), tied for 24th in home runs (4), and only have one stolen base out of three attempts thus far. The Rockies, with the likes of Trevor Story, Garrett Hampson, and Raimel Tapia plan to be a threat on the bases. Brendan Rodgers also wants to steal 20 bases in the regular season as well.
Individually, Yonathan Daza and Colton Welker are hitting very well. Daza leads the team in ABs (11) and is hitting .364 with a double and an RBI. Welker has the second-most ABs (10) on the Rockies and he is hitting .400 with two doubles and three RBI. Among players with more than five at-bats, Alan Trejo (3-for-7), Josh Fuentes (3-for-7), Garrett Hampson (3-for-8), Dom Nunez (3-for-6), and Raimel Tapia (2-for-6) are hitting particularly well.
On the negative side, non-roster Greg Bird has looked lost at the plate as he is 1-for-10 with a walk. C.J. Cron (0-for-7), Ryan McMahon (1-for-6), Elias Diaz (1-for-5), Sam Hilliard (2-for-8), Connor Joe (1-for-6), Chris Owings (1-for-6), and Eric Stamets (1-for-8) aren’t having the hottest starts to the spring either.
For the first time this spring, the Rockies will be televised since they face the Angels. The Angels televise all of their spring training games so the game will be televised for the Rockies as well. It will appear on MLB Network later in the day.
If you want to listen or watch it live, the Rockies will be broadcasting it on radio through KOA and the Rockies Radio Network. You can listen live via the MLB App (subscription required) or through the iHeartRadio app for listeners within Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties live and free of charge. This can also be done via desktop and laptops at KOANewsRadio.com and on Smart Speakers (say “Play KOA on iHeartRadio”).