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2011 Colorado Rockies Recap
Posted By Steve Folsom On Oct 10 2011 @ 9:04 pm In Colorado Rockies | 1 Comment
The 2011 baseball season was an up and down roller coaster ride for fans of the Colorado Rockies. After a long 6-month season, Colorado finished 73-89 and 4th place in the N.L. West. Though it was disappointing for some fans, there are many reasons for optimism going forward.
Three reasons for optimism for 2012:
Injuries and under-performance played a big role in the disappointing season for the Colorado Rockies. But, because of those injuries and lack of performance, younger players were able to get some time in at the major league level in September. Jordan Pacheco played at first base and third base and was hitting 3rd down the stretch and still played well. He ended the year with a .286 batting average and 14 RBI in only 21 games.
Another solid contributor for Colorado was Catcher Wilin Rosario. Prior to his call-up, he had represented the Rockies organization two straight years in the Futures Game (which is held during the All-Star break to highlight the best of what is to come for Major League Baseball). His batting statistics were not overly impressive, but his promise is. He stands to have a shot at being the starting catcher next season if he has a solid Spring Training. If not, the organization will likely send him down to AAA so he can play every day and eventually call him up when they are ready for him to take over fulltime.
Colorado finished the season with some solid batting statistics but lacked in the pitching department. Here are the final statistics (out of 32 teams):
Runs – 735 = 7th in ML
Batting Average – .258 = 9th in ML
On Base Percentage – .329 = 7th in ML
Slugging Percentage – .410 – 11th in ML
ERA – 4.43 = 26th in ML
Quality Starts – 71 = 28th in ML
WHIP – 1.38 = 23rd in ML
Batting Average Against – .265 = 25th in ML
Clearly the Rockies will need to get their pitching ranks closer to their batting ranks to get the team back to where they expect to be. It will be interesting to see the moves the organization makes in the off-season to help make that goal a reality.
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