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Inside the High-Scoring Padres-Rockies Series

June 19, 2019
By now, you’re probably aware of this past weekend’s crazy, high-scoring series between the Padres and Rockies at Coors Field. The two teams combined for 92 runs, a record for a four-game series, and combined for at least 15 runs in each game. That’s plenty wild on the surface, but here at Sports Info Solutions we can never just take things at surface value. Let’s dig in a little deeper for some of the nuttiest stats of the weekend.


Not as much hard-hitting as you'd think

In a series of baseball games where the scores looked like a bunch of closely-contested NFL games, you’d think that there would be a large number of hard-hit balls. Well... not exactly. In the four-game set, the Rockies’ Hard Hit Rate (percentage of at-bats ending with a hard-hit ball) was only 25%, two points lower than their season average. The Padres came in a little above at 27%, but they were still a percentage point below their 2019 rate. Both teams were in the bottom 13 for hard hit rate over those four days. Did we mention they scored 92 runs?

The Padres defense just couldn't get outs

If it wasn’t from hitters smoking the baseball all over the field, then where were the runs coming from? How about some defensive numbers? The Padres managed to pull off two epic comebacks to salvage a series split, but they sure don’t have their gloves to thank; San Diego’s Range and Positioning cost them 7 runs for the series. The Rockies finished at -1.

Wil Myers alone cost his team four runs from Range & Positioning in center field (that’s a challenging place to play at Coors because of all the ground to cover).

Between the two teams, there were 51 players who saw time in the field in the series, and only six posted a Range and Positioning DRS above zero. Two of those six were pitchers. Eleven players were worth negative-1 or worse.

Quite a series for Charlie Blackmon

We’ve got to give Charlie Blackmon credit. He came into the weekend with a very good .305/.361/.582 slash line...and exited it with a near-MVP-caliber .336/.385/.652, thanks to a 15-for-24 series with four home runs. He recorded four hits in each of the first three games, slumping to 3-for-6 (with a homer) in the series finale. Against pitches in the middle third of the zone (height-wise), Blackmon went a perfect 8-for-8. His "worst" zone was the lower third of the plate, where he still managed a 4-for-11 line.

It was a one-of-a-kind performance for a one-of-a-kind series.


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COMMENTS (2 Comments, most recent shown first)

Regarding DRS and altitude, we studied whether or not there are park effects based on how we calculate DRS and they are minimal. What happens at Coors is that balls tend to be harder hit than other parks, and that factor is part of the DRS calculation. So if there are harder hit balls at Coors fielders are generally less responsible for hits falling in, and as a result, not dinged as much in the calculation of DRS.

Hope that makes sense -- it's a bit complicated.
12:17 PM Jun 24th
So how does DRS correct for altitude? Or does it make everybody a bad fielder at Coors?
10:57 PM Jun 19th
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