Wednesday Stats: 1st Things 1st

The Rockies lead Major League Baseball in runs scored in the first inning. They, however, also are tied with the White Sox for the MLB lead in runs allowed in the first inning. And with the Rockies it's a push -- 72 scored and 72 earned. They also have the highest batting averge in the first, but on the mound they have the highest first-inning ERA and batting average allowed.

High-Scoring Beginning

Team R AVG Team R ER ERA AVG
Rockies 72 0.299 Rockies 72 72 7.53 0.295
Indians 62 0.275 White Sox 72 67 7.09 0.293
D-Backs 60 0.265 Orioles 71 67 7.18 0.31
Royals 58 0.299 Reds 65 57 5.97 0.286
Yankees 55 0.254 Pirates 59 51 5.4 0.27
Tigers 53 0.254 Giants 58 55 5.69 0.267
Nationals 53 0.255 Mariners 56 56 5.86 0.292
Dodgers 52 0.235 Marlins 54 53 5.48 0.24
Mariners 52 0.264 Red Sox 53 52 5.38 0.265
Red sox 50 0.261 Mets 51 49 5.38 0.276
Rangers 51 49 5.13 0.281

Source: Stats, Inc.

No surprise, Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu both rank among the top 10 players in MLB in first-inning batting average with Blackmon having hit an MLB-best 10 home runs.

1st Inning Catalysts

Player Team Avg
Buster Posey Giants 0.404
Matt Kemp Dodgers 0.395
Michael Brantley Indians 0.393
Nolan Arenado Rockies 0.388
Nicholas Castellanos Tigers 0.388
Whit Merrifield Royals 0.369
Trey Mancini Orioles 0.365
Jon Jay Royals/Dbacks 0.358
J.D. Martinez Red Sox 0.346
DJ LeMahieu Rockies 0.345

Source: Stats, Inc.

The Rockies find themselves at .500 in their first 86 games of the season. It is only the 10th time in franchise history the Rockies have been at .500 or better at the 86-game point in the season.

W L Pct. RS RA Diff Final Place Post-season
2017 49 37 0.57 427 401 26 87-75 3 Wildcard
1995 48 38 0.558 461 441 20 77-67 2 Wildcard
2010 48 38 0.558 419 374 45 83-79 3
2009 46 40 0.535 431 394 37 92-70 2 Wildcard
2000 45 41 0.523 527 490 37 82-80 4
2003 44 42 0.512 467 450 17 74-88 4
2006 44 42 0.512 406 391 15 76-86 4
1997 43 43 0.5 500 487 13 83-79 3
2007 43 43 0.5 418 427 -9 90-73 2 NL Pennant
2018 43 43 0.5 405 441 -36 TBD TBD TBD

Source: Stats, Inc.