Monday 4x4: Walk in the Park when Rockies Relievers On Mound

The late Art Fowler always had calming words of advice for pitchers when he would make a trip to the mound.

He'd utter lines like, "I don't know what you're doing, but Billy (Martin) is getting awful mad."

And then was the memorable, "Throw strikes. Babe Ruth is dead."

Rockies relievers should pay attention. They are averaging more walks per nine innings this year than all but one of the 18 years since the humidor was installed in Coors Field. The bullpen ERA is higher than 10 of those seasons, but the bullpen is allowing 7.91 hits per nine innings, the best ratio in franchise history.

Free Passes

Season ERA Season BB/9 Season H/9
2007 3.85 2011 2.64 2018 7.91
2011 3.89 2010 2.99 2007 8.41
2010 3.99 2013 3.14 2010 8.61
2008 4.13 2007 3.27 2017 8.66
2013 4.23 2003 3.33 2009 8.87
2017 4.4 2014 3.41 2011 8.88
2006 4.52 2009 3.41 2001 8.95
2012 4.52 2017 3.48 2008 8.96
2009 4.53 2012 3.51 2005 9.24
2003 4.68 2008 3.51 2006 9.27
2018 4.69 2016 3.55 2015 9.42
2015 4.7 2001 3.64 2013 9.44
2014 4.76 2002 3.71 2012 9.56
2005 4.83 2006 3.89 2014 9.6
2001 4.9 2015 3.94 2016 9.66
2016 5.1 2018 3.95 2004 9.78
2002 5.16 2005 4.13 2002 9.89
2004 5.53 2004 4.39 2003 9.96

Source: Stats, Inc.

Rockies fans are having a hard time coming to grips with the struggles their team has had at Coors Field this year, and it has been puzzling. But as a word of advice, don't whine to Dodger fans about troubles winning at home. The Dodgers are one of three NL teams who actually have a worse home record than the Rockies. The Padres and Reds are the other two. 

Team W L Pct
Philadelphia Phillies 16 6 0.727
Pittsburgh Pirates 15 9 0.625
Chicago Cubs 13 8 0.619
St. Louis Cardinals 14 9 0.609
San Francisco Giants 14 10 0.583
Atlanta Braves 11 9 0.55
Arizona Diamondbacks 14 12 0.538
Milwaukee Brewers 10 9 0.526
New York Mets 11 11 0.5
Washington Nationals 10 13 0.435
Miami Marlins 10 15 0.4
Colorado Rockies 7 11 0.389
Los Angeles Dodgers 8 13 0.381
San Diego Padres 11 18 0.379
Cincinnati Reds 7 18 0.28

Source: Stats, Inc.

Dodger Stadium has not been kind to the Rockies over the years. They have swept only five of 66 series played in the park, and taken 2 out of 3 in 13 others. They split eight series, and have lost 40 series over the years.

Clean Sweeps

Start Date W L Sv ERA AVG
7/21/1999 3 0 3 5 0.25
9/25/2007 3 0 2 3.67 0.255
9/19/1997 3 0 2 2.67 0.267
8/9/1993 4 0 2 1.66 0.219
9/7/2017 4 0 2 2 0.212

Source: Stats, Inc.

Dodger Stadium has not been kind to Rockies hitters. Of the 15 players who had at least 100 at-bats as a member of the franchise at Dodger Stadium, Brad Hawpe (.361) is the only one to hit .300. Charlie Blackmon at .291 is tops among active players.

Smog Gets in Their Eyes

Player Season AVG OBP SLG
Brad Hawpe 2004-2010(7) 0.361 0.436 0.646
Juan Pierre 2000-2002(3) 0.293 0.337 0.326
Charlie Blackmon 2012-2017(6) 0.291 0.352 0.382
Dexter Fowler 2009-2013(5) 0.266 0.327 0.338
DJ LeMahieu 2012-2017(6) 0.264 0.312 0.347
Nolan Arenado 2013-2017(5) 0.263 0.33 0.469
Todd Helton 1997-2013(17) 0.262 0.37 0.403
Matt Holliday 2004-2008(5) 0.259 0.325 0.415
Neifi Perez 1997-2001(5) 0.252 0.313 0.32
Carlos Gonzalez 2009-2017(9) 0.251 0.335 0.404
Larry Walker 1995-2004(10) 0.236 0.365 0.385
Troy Tulowitzki 2006-2015(10) 0.23 0.289 0.411
Garrett Atkins 2004-2009(6) 0.228 0.321 0.395
Vinny Castilla 1993-2006(9) 0.22 0.269 0.376
Dante Bichette 1993-1999(7) 0.215 0.263 0.329
Clint Barmes 2004-2010(7) 0.173 0.222 0.209

Sources: Stats, Inc.