With this being my first post for this website, let me introduce myself to the Golden Gate Sports community. Born and raised in Massachusetts, I am fan of the Boston sports teams and was originally worried that I would bring an outrageous East Coast bias to my writing. However, after spending four collegiate years in St. Louis and frequenting Busch Stadium on several occasions (including May 13 for the Cardinals and Cubs), I hope to continue to provide readers a balanced view of the sports world.
My strong background in statistics attracts me to baseball, and there is an interesting development thus far in Colorado. Heading into Tuesday’s games, the Rockies lead the league in runs scored by a tremendous margin. Their 5.8 runs per game through their first 40 games in 2014 are dominating the rest of Major League Baseball. By comparison, the next-best team is the Los Angeles Angels (5.1), and the second-best National League club is the Miami Marlins (4.4). The Rockies, who are consistently one of the best run-scoring teams, are on pace to lead the NL in runs for the first time since 2001.
The offense has been led Troy Tulowitzki (the MLB leader in home runs and OPS), who has played just 210 games in his previous three injury-plagued seasons, and Charlie Blackmon (league-best “power-speed #,” according to Baseball-Reference), Colorado’s left-handed outfielder who has never played more than 82 games in an MLB season. They have heavily contributed to the team’s .505 slugging percentage, which is also by far the best in the MLB.
We are about one-fourth through the season, and we are still waiting for the perennial Carlos Gonzalez DL stint, but the Rockies have also been carried by 28-game hit streak man Nolan Arenado and 32-year old Justin Morneau. The thin air in Colorado inflates both the runs for and against the Rockies, so they will need to keep up their strong home performance to balance out their average offense and pitching on the road thus far this season.
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