Becker: Inside the high-scoring Padres-Rockies series

From Jon Becker at ACTA Sports on June 18, 2019:

By now, you’re probably aware of this past weekend’s crazy, high-scoring series between the Padres and Rockies at Coors Field. The two teams combined for 92 runs, a record for a four-game series, and combined for at least 15 runs in each game. That’s plenty wild on the surface, but here at Sports Info Solutions we can never just take things at surface value. Let’s dig in a little deeper for some of the nuttiest stats of the weekend.

In a series of baseball games where the scores looked like a bunch of closely-contested NFL games, you’d think that there would be a large number of hard-hit balls. Well… not exactly. In the four-game set, the Rockies’ Hard Hit Rate (percentage of at-bats ending with a hard-hit ball) was only 25%, two points lower than their season average. The Padres came in a little above at 27%, but they were still a percentage point below their 2019 rate. Both teams were in the bottom 13 for hard hit rate over those four days. Did we mention they scored 92 runs?

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Originally published: June 20, 2019. Last Updated: June 20, 2019.