The Kansas City Royals and their fans probably didn’t expect to face off against the best offense in baseball when the Colorado Rockies came to town in May. Believe it or not, the Rockies are 23-17, which would give them the first NL Wild Card if the season ended tonight, and their offense leads the league in several crucial statistics.
Colorado has already scored 230 runs in 40 games. The team currently in second has 197 in 39. The difference between 5.75 runs per game and 5.05 is absolutely massive in a statistical context. The Rockies are first in total hits with 423, with the closest team (surprisingly, the Chicago White Sox in both hits and runs) having only 361. Again, that’s a gargantuan gap between first and second in the league; third place for runs has 187, and third place for hits has 352.
And it just goes on and on. They’re first in doubles, first in home runs, first in team batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, total bases and extra-base hits. It’s not even close in almost every statistic.
The Rockies lineup contains the two best batting averages in the league right now, and three of the best nine. Troy Tulowitzki ranks No. 1, the NL MVP frontrunner, with a .395 average. Tulo is also second in the league with 11 home runs and third with 33 RBI. Rockies right fielder Charlie Blackmon is second league-wide with his .352 average, and Colorado’s third baseman Nolan Arenado sits at .310 after ending his huge hitting streak with a walk in the ninth last Friday.
Rockies newcomer Justin Morneau is off to a great start with his new club, batting .329 with eight homers, 11 doubles and 29 RBI. Oh, and Morneau kills the probable Game 1 starter, James Shields. Morneau is .341 in 41 at-bats against Shields, with four home runs, six doubles and 10 RBI. His teammate and fellow former Minnesota Twin, Michael Cuddyer, is .412 in 17 at-bats against Shields.
It certainly seems KC will have their hands full with the Rockies this week, even with two solid starters taking the mound. Let’s just hope the sheer size of Kauffman Stadium can slow down that insane offense.