This is part 2 of Fargo's 30 part baseball preview. Today's Preview: Colorado Rockies 2004 68W 94L -8.7 Units Over/Under 73-82-7 2005 67W 95L -11.1 Units Over/Under 74-81-7 The Rockies have been consistent the last two seasons with just one game separating the two records.
The problem is that those records were well under .500 and Colorado did nothing to improve the team during the offseason. There is optimism however as the Rockies ended the season going 36-36 over their last 72 games, the best in the National League West.
Every other team made bigger improvements so getting to the top of the division will be impossible. It should be another long season in Denver Colorado lost over 11 units last season but most of that damage came on the road. The Rockies finished a game over .500 at home which banked a profit of less than a unit. They lost twice as many games on the road as they won and thus dropped close to 12 units. Colorado was 20-17 as a favorite last season showing that it was able to win the majority of home games it was supposed to.
The Rockies won just 37.6 percent of their games in the dog role including a 5-11 record when +200 or more. Colorado used to be a sure over team at home and the totals just couldn't have been any higher but it all has changed in recent years. In 2005, it went 40-36-5 under at Coors Field, the third straight season that the unders surpassed the overs. Colorado averaged two runs more per game at home than on the road as it was the only team in baseball not to average at least four runs per game on the road.
The pitching was bad to make up for the offesne as only 41 of its 81 road games went under. .
By: Matt Fargo