Mound Matters: Rockies Pitching Staff, No In-Between
The Rockies are an enigma.
They are in first place in the NL West, one of 16 teams in Major League Baseball with a winning record. They are, however, the only one of the 16 that has been outscored by the opposition. Even the Dodgers, who after Friday night's victory over the Rockies at Coors Field are still three games below .500, have outscored the opposition.
What gives? Well it's apparent that the success of the Rockies is built off the mound. When the pitchers are good, the Rockies are good. When the pitchers stumble, the Rockies stumble. The list of teams with a winning record ranges from the Astros, who have outscored the opposition by 129 runs, to the Rockies, who have been outscored by 20 runs.
Holding the Edge on the Scoreboard
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The bullpen gets singled out more often than not. And it has had its struggles. Two relievers actually have a higher ERA in victories than losses. Adam Ottavino, who has a 1.24 ERA in games in which he pitches and the Rockies win. He has not given up a run in games he has pitched in that the Rockies loss. Scott Oberg also is unscored upon in wins and has a 5.68 ERA in games the Rockies lost. Oberg, however, has appeared in only two wins out of his 13 big-league appearances.
The Bullpen Differential
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What gets overlooked, however, is the rotation is every bit a part of the issue as the bullpen. The rotation, in fact, has a 7.68 ERA in the Rockies losses compared to 1.91 in victories. The bullpen, meanwhile, has a 7.56 ERA in losses and 1.94 in wins.