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The Rockies pitching staff’s walks
The Rockies have faltered in a few different areas on the pitching front but the biggest area is control.
They have walked a staggering 52 batters, which is ten more than the next team.
To make matters even worse, in all of baseball, there is a two-way tie for the leaders in walks … and both are Rockies starting pitchers. Austin Gomber and German Marquez both have 11 walks but, at least for Marquez, he has made that in three starts (15 2/3 IP). Gomber has only made that in two (9 1/3 IP).
The Rockies pitching staff’s strikeouts … or lack thereof
The Rockies don’t have many pitchers that have the overpowering stuff to strike guys out a ton but their rate is among the lowest in baseball.
By total, the Rockies are tied for 19th in strikeouts but that’s painting a better picture than it actually it is. The teams at the bottom (Washington and the Mets) are in those spots because they have played five or six games (due to weather and/or COVID-related postponements).
If you exclude those two teams, the Rockies total strikeouts are only higher than five teams.
When you’re walking more than any other team and striking out in the bottom quarter of baseball, that’s not a good combination going forward.
The Rockies will need to see much improvement in those two pitching departments going forward or they will be the team that they have been in the first ten games: a team that is tied for the worst record in baseball.