Full scope of Rockies' offensive woes yet to be realized – Purple Row
Rockies dodge disgrace at San Diego, but their offensive depression is still pending | The Athletic ($)
The Colorado Rockies lineup was thoroughly dominated on a Tuesday afternoon in San Diego against the Padres— by of all pitchers, former Rockie Jordan Lyles. It was the culmination of a downright rotten week for the Rockies’ offense. Just two days prior, Milwaukee Brewers rookie Freddy Peralta struck out 13 Rockies in his major league debut. Over the past week, the Rox have averaged 3.6 runs scored per game, even having played five games at the hitter-friendly confines of Coors Field.
The 2018 Colorado Rockies currently have the worst wRC+ in baseball, and even without park adjustments, rank a very poor 23rd in wOBA. The worst performance has come from first baseman Ian Desmond, who is in the second year of a 5-year, $70 million contract with the Rockies. Desmond is tied with Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles for the worst fWAR in baseball at -1.0, which can only be described as impressively bad for so early in the season. Desmond ranks in the bottom 10 in most offensive categories in baseball, though he has certainly not been the only problem. Six Rockies players have collected over 50 plate appearances and have been considered below average by wRC+: Desmond, Gerardo Parra, Carlos Gonzalez, Ryan McMahon, Tony Wolters, and Pat Valaika.
Amazingly, the Rockies (23-20) are only two games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks for first place in the National League West. There is certainly a window of opportunity to do well in the division, but the Rockies will need to collectively show that they can hit.
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One of the more successful offense performers in the Rockies’ lineup has been second baseman