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Preview, #120: 8/13 @ Rockies

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The humidor in Denver hasn’t exactly been countering its “Coors Canaveral” reputation this year.

World Series: Boston Red Sox v Colorado Rockies - Game 3 Photo by Rich Pilling/MLB via Getty Images

Today's Lineups

DIAMONDBACKS ROCKIES
Jarrod Dyson - CF Charlie Blackmon - RF
David Peralta - LF Trevor Story - SS
Ketel Marte - 2B Nolan Arenado - 3B
Christian Walker - 1B Daniel Murphy - 1B
Jake Lamb - 3B Raimel Tapia - LF
Josh Rojas - RF Ryan McMahon - 2B
Nick Ahmed - SS Yonathan Daza - CF
Alex Avila - C Dom Nunez - C
Zac Gallen - RHP Jeff Hoffman - RHP

I trust we all received a valuable reminder about games in Coors Field last night. Going 4-0 down in the first inning is not the overwhelming deficit certain comments in the Gameday Thread made it seem. For over their 57 games at Coors Field, the Rockies have conceded a staggering 400 runs - that’s an average of 7.02 per game. So, I’d not be inclined to get too concerned, until the home team reach eight runs or more. And, even there, they’ve still managed to lose eight times at Coors this season, when scoring 8+ runs. That includes two during a series against the Padres, where the Rockies were beaten despite scoring 12 and 13 times (losing 16-12 and 14-13). So: #CoorsGonnaCoors and #ItAintOverTillItsOver

Colorado’s current home ERA of 6.50 is the fourth-highest in baseball history, surpassed only by the 1999 Rockies, and the 1929 + 1930 Phillies. What’s interesting is the Rockies still have a winning record going into tonight’s contest, at 29-28: so, a 4-0 lead is probably not secure either.... Only two teams have posted even a home ERA of six and still been better than .500 at home. Those 1929 Phillies were the first, going 39-37 despite having a 6.81 ERA. Then there’s the Rockies, who did it in 1995. And 1996. And 2000. And 2001. This year’s figure of 6.50 would be higher than any of those, however - the previous “best” being the 1996 Rockies, who were a sterling 55-26 in Denver despite a 6.18 ERA there.

That season, it helped they still outscored the opposition by 99 runs, averaging 8.12 runs per home game. This was back in the pre-humidor days at Coors; that came into play there only for the 2002 season. [You’d think someone would have come up with the idea more or less immediately, but apparently not] Thanks largely to the team batting a collectively insane .343 at home (compared to .228 on the road), they scored 25 more runs at home that year than any other team in history, crossing home-plate 658 times, Outside Denver, only the 1950 Red Sox have scored more than 572 runs at home in a season, and even they fell 33 short, albeit in four fewer games.