Last night, the Rockies set a franchise record by scoring 13 runs in the top of the fifth inning against the Giants in San Francisco.
I have a couple takeaways from this — first thing is, what the fuck are Giants fans doing applauding this? I understand the Giants are in a tie for first place, but they’re a .500 team and have underachieved to this point. If my team gave up 13 runs in an inning, and they had a .500 record in the first week of May after coming into the season with high expectations, I’d boo the shit out of them. That’s embarrassing.
Which leads me to my next point — how disappointed are you in how poorly the National League West has performed this year? I had my eye on the NL West as being the best division in baseball coming into the 2016 season, and the most exciting divisional race in the game. I thought it’d be a three-way heavyweight battle between the Dodgers, Giants and Dbacks. Instead, we’ve got the Dodgers, Giants and Rockies in a three-way tie for the division lead, and all three teams have .500 records with the Diamondbacks six games under .500 and in last place. The fuck is that?
Anyway, in regards to the actual 13-run inning, the inning itself was a microcosm of the Rockies’ season thus far. They’ve been scoring a ton of runs, so much so that they’d be leading the American League in runs if they were an AL team. Even with the offensive standouts this year like the Cubs, Cardinals, Red Sox, and Giants it’s the Rockies who lead the majors with an .821 OPS. Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story both went deep on Thursday, as Arenado now stands alone as the MLB leader in home runs with 12, and Story is just one behind him with 11. Arenado and Story have driven in 52 runs between them, which accounts for 34% of the runs that the Rockies have scored this season.