Stats & Info: Jordan Lyles

Dominant Rockies: Tulo, Arenado, Lyles

May, 6, 2014

Troy Tulowitzki is almost impossible to get out at home.
Sunday we told you what’s to like about the San Francisco Giants as they try to unseat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.

This time, we’ll tell you what’s to like most about the Colorado Rockies, or the three things to like most from Monday’s rout of the Texas Rangers.

Troy Tulowitzki is in a zone
On the day shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was named NL player of the month and NL player of the week, he added two more home runs to his ledger, giving him nine for the season.
Troy Tulowitzki
More amazingly, he was able to raise his batting average at Coors Field this season from .591 to .596 and raise his RBI total to 21 in 14 games. He’s now 28-for-47 at home, including 15-for-18(!) with four home runs with men on base.

The Elias Sports Bureau notes that the .596 batting average is the highest by any player in his first 14 home games of a season (minimum 40 plate appearances) in baseball's modern era (since 1900).

Tulowitzki has taken 91 swings at home this season. They’ve resulted in 28 hits and as many extra-base hits (12) as swings and misses.

Nolan Arenado is, too
It would seem odd that a player with a 25-game hitting streak isn’t the hottest hitter on his team, but that’s the case for third baseman Nolan Arenado.

Arenado pulled to within two games of the Rockies' record for longest hitting streak (held by Michael Cuddyer), extending his streak to 25 games with a second-inning home run.
Nolan Arenado

Arenado is hitting .354 (35-for-99) during the hitting streak. Perhaps more impressive is that he has a higher batting average on the road this season (.338) than he has at Coors Field (.290).

Monday’s home run came on a 93 mph pitch in the lower half of the strike zone from Martin Perez.

Arenado already has three homers on lower-half pitches this season. He had only four on the 1,019 pitches he saw in that area in 2013.

Jordan Lyles solves Coors Field
Rockies starter Jordan Lyles had his third straight really good start at home, allowing two runs in eight innings. He’s now 2-0 with a 1.25 ERA in three home starts in 2014.
Jordan Lyles

Lyles is the second pitcher in Rockies history to start his time with the team with three straight home starts in which he allowed two earned runs or fewer in at least six innings pitched, joining Joe Kennedy (2004).

Lyles has tamed the ballpark by inducing ground balls. He has nearly identical ground-ball rates at home (54 percent) and on the road (53 percent). Opponents are 3-for-36 when hitting a grounder against him at Coors Field this season, including 1-for-13 in each of his past two starts.

Home runs come in a variety of paths

July, 1, 2013

G Fiume/Getty ImagesChris Davis hit 12 home runs in June, increasing his major league-lead to 31.
If June taught us anything about the way home runs were hit, it would be the fact they come in many shapes and sizes.

On June 22, Jay Bruce hit the longest home run of the month, a 472-foot shot off Patrick Corbin at Chase Field. That tied him for the third-longest home run hit this season and since the beginning of ESPN Home Run Tracker in 2006, only Adam Dunn has hit longer home runs as a left-handed batter off a left-handed pitcher.

Dunn hit a 504-foot HR off Glendon Rusch on September 27, 2008 and launched a 474-foot shot off John Grabow on April 6, 2006.

Masher of the Month
Mark Trumbo his six June home runs, averaging 423.8 feet per homer. His longest was a 457-foot home run off Jordan Lyles, and all but two went over 425 feet. For the season, Trumbo is averaging 417.2 feet per home run, second-longest in baseball to Justin Upton (427.9 feet, min. 15 HR).

On the flip side, Dustin Pedroia hit the shortest home run of the month, a 330-feet dinger off Alexi Ogando at Fenway Park that barely snuck over the Green Monster. Three of the four shortest home runs in June have come at Fenway Park.

Hitting Homers in Different Ways
Chris Davis had the most home runs in June (12) and leads the majors with 31 overall. Davis has shown power to all fields this season, as nine of his home runs have gone to either left or left center field.

Domonic Brown is second in the National League with 21 home runs, however all but one has gone to either right or right center field (he finally hit a home run to center field on June 27). Brown’s average home run distance is 381.4 feet, the shortest for any player with 10-or-more home runs.

Check out the home run spray chart for Davis and Brown:

Where Have the Long Home Runs Gone?
On June 8, Jeff Baker hit a 440-foot home run in Toronto, the 16th home run at Rogers Centre to go at least 440 feet this season, by far the most in baseball.

It was also the only time this month Rogers Centre yielded a 440+ foot home run. There have been 23 other home runs hit at least 440 feet in June.

Vastly Different Paths Lead to Same Result
On June 19, Hanley Ramirez hit a home run at Yankee Stadium that went 353 feet. Six days later, Juan Francisco hit a home run at Miller Park that also went 353 feet.

The significance? Ramirez’s home run left the ballpark in 3.03 seconds, the second fastest a home run has left any park this season. Francisco’s home run was in the air for 7.25 seconds, the longest hang time for a home run since the beginning of ESPN Home Run Tracker in 2006.

Check out the trajectories of each home run (Ramirez top, Francisco bottom):