When the Colorado Rockies finished off a 3-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday afternoon at Coors Field, the Rockies reached a milestone mark of the season, completing their 60th game of the 2021 campaign.
That 60-game mark takes on a little more impact this season than it has perhaps in years past. After all, it was just last season that the Rockies and the rest of Major League Baseball were held to just a 60-game regular season in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This season, however, the Rockies still have 102 games left to play. But, in a moment where we can compare some things from last season to how they look this season, we’re going to take advantage of that opportunity.
Let’s compare some statistics for the Colorado Rockies at the season’s 60-game mark.
Let’s start with Colorado’s record through 60 games in 2021 (24-36) versus their record from 2020 (26-34). The Rockies are two wins behind where they were at this point last season, and part of that can be attributed to a 4-22 mark on the road. In 2020, Colorado was a respectable 14-16 away from Coors Field as a part of their 60-game schedule.
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Those 14 road wins in 2020 came, in part, to some away-from-altitude offense that the Rockies haven’t been able to put together this season so far. Last season, in 30 road games, Colorado posted 122 runs (4.07 runs per outing). This season, in 26 road games, the Rockies have scored 63 runs away from Coors Field (2.42 runs per game).
OK, so there’s an overarching comparison for last season, but what if we drill down a little deeper and look at this year’s first 60 games versus what we saw last year? We’ll do that as we go along, including starting with a number that’s a big surprise at the plate.