Rockies facts and figures

Rockies facts and figures

The Rockies won 11 straight and 14 of their final 15, coming from 4 1/2 games back in the Wild Card with two weeks to play to qualify for the playoffs for the second time in franchise history. Colorado will be making its first postseason appearance since the strike-shortened 1995 season.

The Rockies lost to the Braves in four games in the first round of the 1995 playoffs.

TEAM RECORD
Overall: 90-73
Home: 51-31
Road: 39-42
Day: 26-21
Night: 64-52
By month: April 10-16, May 15-13, June 14-13, July 15-9, August 15-14, September/October 21-8.

The Rockies have been dominant at Coors Field. It's not the Coors Field of old, where every game was a shootout. But the Rockies lineup and top hitters Matt Holliday and Todd Helton still fare better at home with a large doubles-hitter-friendly outfield.

HITTING
Team Stats
Avg.: .280, 1st in NL
Runs: 860, 2nd in NL
HRs: 171, T-7th in NL
OPS: .791, 2nd in NL

Some would think the Rockies' impressive hitting stats were due to playing in the thin Rocky Mountain air. Although Coors Field may not be a pitcher's park, the humidor has helped. However, it hasn't slowed down the Rockies this season.

Individual Leaders
(Qualifiers only)
Avg.: Holliday, .340, 1st in NL
HRs: Holliday, 36, 4th in NL
RBIs: Holliday, 137, 1st in NL
Runs: Holliday, 120, 3rd in NL
OPS: Holliday, 1.012 3rd in NL
SB: Willy Taveras, 33, 8th in NL

Holliday led the Rockies in almost every offensive category, but his teammates don't need to feel bad because he led the NL in most categories as well and is an obvious MVP candidate. Helton did beat out Holliday in on-base percentage and the veteran is one of the toughest outs in baseball.

PITCHING
Team Stats
Overall ERA: 4.32, 8th in NL
Starters ERA: 4.58, 9th in NL
Bullpen ERA: 3.85, 6th in NL
Strikeouts: 967, 14th in NL
HRs allowed: 164, 12th in NL
Opponents BA: .266, 8th in NL

Individual Leaders
Wins: Jeff Francis, 17, 4th in NL
ERA (starter): Aaron Cook, 4.12, 20th in NL
ERA (reliever): Manny Corpas, 2.08
Strikeouts: Francis, 165, 13th in NL
Saves: Brian Fuentes, 20, 12nd in NL
Holds: Jorge Julio/LaTroy Hawkins, 17, 18th in NL
HRs allowed: Francis, 25, 16th in NL
Opponents BA: Francis, .278, 24th in NL

The Rockies starting rotation was a revolving door because of injuries, but Francis was the one constant. Francis did not miss a start due to injury and tied the franchise record for victories.

FIELDING
Team
Fielding percentage: .989, 1st in NL
Errors: 67, lowest in NL

The Rockies had the highest all-time fielding percentage of any team in MLB history. The Rockies outfielders cover a lot of ground and the infielders rarely make a mistake. If they make a bad throw, it's usually negated by Helton's ability to dig balls out of the dirt.

Top individuals
1B Helton, .999, 1st in NL
SS Tulowitzki, .987, 1st in NL

Tulowitzki anchored the defense at shortstop and made a habit of making the spectacular play. Both Tulowitzki and Helton are candidates for a Gold Glove.

Rockies vs. Phillies
Record: 4-3

Game by game
July 6: Rockies 6, PHillies 5 -- Torrealba single wins it in 11th
July 7: Rockies 6, Phillies 3 -- Rain delay propels Lopez and Rockies
July 8: Phillies 8, Rockies 4 -- Karma on Phillies side
Sept. 10: Phillies 6, Rockies 5 -- Rockies robbed of Torrealba's homer, Phillies win in 10
Sept. 11: Rockies 8, Phillies 2 -- Morales pitches Rockies to victory
Sept. 12: Rockies 12, Phillies 0 -- No starting pitcher, no problem as Rockies rout Phillies
Sept. 13: Phillies 12, Rockies 4 -- Phillies rough up Francis
The Rockies won the season series 4-3 but felt they were robbed of a game in Philly. A Yorvit Torrealba homer was ruled a groundrule double and the Rockies went onto lose in extras.

ROCKIES VS. POSTSEASON TEAMS
vs. Phillies: 4-3
vs. Cubs: 2-5
vs. D-backs: 10-8
vs. Red Sox: 2-1
vs. Yankees: 3-0
vs. Angels: 0-0
vs. Indians: 0-0

The Rockies played their best baseball against the best teams, which their 21-17 record against playoff teams proved.

POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE
Mark Redman (4 G, 0-1, 6.50 ERA)
Matt Herges (3 G, 0-0, 0.00 ERA)
LaTroy Hawkins (10 G, 1-0, 6.75 ERA)

The Rockies have little postseason experience and their pitchers aren't any different. Redman helped the Marlins win the World Series in 2003, but he's the only Rockies starter with postseason experience. Herges only has four innings of postseason experience, while Hawkins didn't fare well in the playoffs when he was with the Twins.

C.J. Moore is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.