It became obvious in mid-afternoon that the Mets-Rockies game on Jackie Robinson Day would be postponed. The game is being rescheduled as part of the split doubleheader tomorrow at 1:10 p.m. ahead of tomorrow’s regular game at 6:40 p.m. Per the current agreement, each club will be allowed to expand the roster by one on days of doubleheaders. It may be either Drew Pomeranz or Tyler Chatwood that will be needing a snowmobile ride from Colorado Springs to Denver.
The Rockies’ record stands at 8-4 with three series win out of four. The team stats compared to other National League teams look solid, but it comes with a caveat. The victims of the Blake Street Bullies were the Padres and the Brewers who are bottom feeders at the moment.
The pitching staff has done well way beyond expectations. They issued the fifth fewest walks in the NL. They allowed the fourth (tie) fewest home runs with only eight, behind just six which leads the NL. The staff ERA is 4.09 which included the 10 run implosion at AT&T Park. That is good enough for 9th best in the NL out of 15 teams. Their biggest concern is the WHIP average which is 1.36, good for 11th place.
Fielding wizardry has returned to the team circa 2007 with just four errors in 12 games. The Rockies are second in the NL with a fielding percentage of .991. The biggest improvement came from an unexpected source, the catching position. Wilin Rosario has done the majority of the work with Yorvit Torrealba spelling him occasionally. The catchers combined for only one passed ball. Every NL team has 0, 1, or 2 passed balls. The Rosario/Torrealba combination is tied for #1 in the NL for least wild pitches allowed while catching. They also have been able to control the traffic on the base paths, tied for 5th fewest stolen bases allowed by catchers. Their cannon arms have enabled them to nail half (4 of 8 success rate) of the base thieves which is good for a 3rd place tie for highest percentage of base stealers thrown out.
Hitting has lived up to the reputation that Dante Bichette and Walt Weiss expected out of the lineup. The Rockies are #1 in batting average, home runs, slugging, and OPS in the NL. They are also ranked second in both the OBP and SB. No, SB is not a typo, and that is the biggest surprise of the young season with nine bases swiped so far. In the most important offensive category, they are tied for third in runs scored.
Ladies & gentlemen, start your snowmobiles tomorrow for the split doubleheader.