Rockies to focus on all-around offensive execution
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When position players join the pitchers on Sunday for the Rockies' first full-squad workout, there will be a special emphasis on the at-bats that may not show up in traditional statistics but could lead to difference-making runs.
The ability to move a runner, keep an inning alive or push across a run shows up on the road more than at home.
The Rockies, who play in a unique atmosphere and almost always struggle for wins on the road, have had just one winning road season in their history -- 41-40 in 2009, their last playoff season. That year, they batted .235 and had a .319 on-base percentage away from Coors, but managed 340 runs.
Last season, their second straight 29-52 road finish, the Rockies hit .246 on the road, but had a .298 on-base percentage and scored 272 runs.
"We're really focusing on our execution -- our ability to cover the plate and be able to move the ball to the big part of the field when the game tells you to," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "Last year, I talked about getting to the point where we're playing better team offense. That's going to be an area of focus this spring."