This is a community service for all of Razzball nation (/entire post in a Sam Elliot’s voice). A yearly reminder of just how much of a hitter’s park Coors Field really is, and when in doubt, to choose a COORpSe (AKA, in times of draft or waiver wire indecision, grab a Rockies player). If you play daily leagues, you need to know whose hitting at Coors on the home and visiting team. I’ll leave out the obvious COORpSe selections with limbs falling off like Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzales, and focus on the less obvious ones. It goes without saying fantasy baseballers (Grey’s mom’s word) here know the park factor and the advantage of hitting in the thin air and massive outfield in Colorado, but it may still be surprising to see the home/away splits next to each other.

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Exhibit A: Coors Extends Life

Justin Morneau hadn’t hit over .300 since 2010, having decent pop left in the bat, Colorado brought the long time Twin new life, and it was just what Morneau needed. The 1B slugged .496 in the thin air and while his HR total didn’t increase, he had his best SLG and OPS since 2010. Morneau wasn’t quite dead, but he’s enjoying a stat revival:

Justin Morneau – 62/17/82/.319 (2014)

*One note on Morneau is he doesn’t hit lefties exceptionally well, with Rosario learning the position, I could see Hundley at catcher as a defensive upgrade and Rosario at first who mashes lefties.

Coors home splits shaded*

Name Team G AB PA H HR R RBI BB SB AVG
DJ LeMahieu Rockies 168 583 634 181 4 80 58 39 23 0.310
DJ LeMahieu Rockies 161 544 585 132 5 44 34 26 6 0.243

This is noteworthy not because of the player’s production, but look at the contrast between home and away for glovechild DJ LeMahieu. Don’t draft DJ unless you’re in a defensive metrics league, but rather look at how his production on the road and how at home contrast. It translates to all the hitters in Colorado. More hits, more SB, Runs, RBI, etc. How about the mound of strikeouts known as Drew Stubbs? He was run out of CIN and CLE, but all the sudden he’s in a perfect platoony tune with Corey Dickerson. Stubbs is a different player at Coors and roster worthy in a deep leagues because of the extra production afforded at home:

Coors home splits shaded*

Name Team G AB PA H HR R RBI BB SB AVG
Drew Stubbs Rockies 68 208 225 74 12 46 33 13 0 0.356
Drew Stubbs Rockies 61 180 199 38 3 21 10 17 1 0.211

 

Exhibit B: Coors Makes At-Home All Stars

These hitters are good hitters on their own merits, but Coors makes them into at-home All Stars. The splits between Home and Away are striking. In daily leagues, you must recognize the value of hitters in Coors, and as drafters, when in doubt, choose a Rockies player. Look at time and a ½ working on these players, Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado hold their own on the road, and they have All Star home stats.

Coors home splits shaded*

Name G AB PA H HR R RBI BB SB AVG
Carlos Gonzalez 152 580 651 191 30 121 124 64 24 0.329
Carlos Gonzalez 155 589 645 146 29 75 69 52 20 0.248
Charlie Blackmon 127 473 520 156 17 89 63 27 21 0.33
Charlie Blackmon 140 479 507 123 10 43 40 15 15 0.257
Corey Dickerson 99 324 359 112 19 69 65 31 7 0.346
Corey Dickerson 101 306 332 75 10 37 28 22 3 0.245
Nolan Arenado 123 473 507 142 21 63 79 26 2 0.300
Nolan Arenado 119 445 474 112 7 44 34 22 2 0.252
Wilin Rosario 174 625 673 194 35 120 126 41 6 0.310
Wilin Rosario 169 602 629 146 27 56 78 22 3 0.243

 

Example C: If a Coorspse Goes Down, There’s Another Right Behind Him

Pay attention to promotions/demotions and who might be next, and keep them on your deep bench. Mike has the Rockies’ minors covered here. Does anyone remember Ian Stewart, Kazuo Matsui, Ty Wiggington, Tyler Colvin, Matt Merton, or Miguel Olivio? Keep an eye out for injuries because you usually will like the next Rockies COORpSe inserted just as much (Mike Mckenry, Josh Rutledge). SO when the names come off the board fast and furious like a Silver Bullet, do yourself a favor, grab an Ice-Cold COORpSe. This has been a community service announcement for Razzball…

 

 

 
  1. Fungazi says:
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    It’s almost as amazing that they are all .250 hitters on the road. Does the home environment mess with their swing or something?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Fungazi: tulo is the only one who is actually shown himself to be a consistent all star when you take away Coors, and would be on any team. Cargo has been before on the road, but not in a few years.

      • Blues

        Blues says:
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        @goodfold2: Just looking at 2003-2006. Helton was 70 points better in AVG in Coors, Holliday even more. Guys like Burnitz and Vinny Castillo, night and day. All that fair territory, what I should have mentioned though as well is the 3 huge parks the Rockies visit the most on the road Petco, Dodger Stadium, and AT&T Park all heavy pitcher parks.

  2. Blues

    Blues says:
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    It could, but I think that is more about what kind of hitters they would be playing in an average park everyday.

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Blues: I guess.. I would have expected to see at least one.270-.280 hitter somewhere.

      • Blues

        Blues says:
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        @Fungazi: Completely agree, you just have to be aware of call ups in Colorado. Players catch fire there in even a short period of time. The massive area in the field and the thin air helps all types of hitters.

  3. Harry says:
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    Hey, Blues, I think you made a mistake in writing Chris Dickerson instead of Corey Dickerson when talking about Drew Stubbs in your article.

    Nonetheless, pass me a Coors and let the good times roll at every Fantasy Baseballer’s Ballpark.

    • Blues

      Blues says:
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      @Harry: Thanks Harry, got my Dickersons crossed. Will fix it. I’ll take any beer at a baseball game right now.

  4. goodfold2 says:
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    when you said dj’s home splits were in shade you had it backwards, or the shade machine is wrong.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: the stubbs one was correct, so you just put dj’s in backwards.

      • Blues

        Blues says:
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        @goodfold2: That shading machine again! Thanks goodfold, I’ll get that fixed up appreciate the head’s up.

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