Rockies' improvement tied to better defensive play
The Rockies have tried almost every way to win in the thin air of Denver, which some will say is impossible. They have tried assembling ferocious offensive teams, some of the best in recent history. They have tried signing sinkerball pitchers. They have tried the humidor. And now they are closer than they've been in a while to getting it right.The Rockies have the best defense in the National League. Through Tuesday, they had made only 59 errors, fewest in bthe majors, six fewer than any other NL team. They are on pace to make 19 fewer errors than they've ever made in a full season, and 45 fewer than they made in 2005. That is significant because there is a direct connection between good defense and winning teams: Starting in 1995, of the 24 teams that led their league in fielding percentage, 11 went to the playoffs. Meanwhile, of the 24 teams that led their league in home runs, only six went to the playoffs. That's how the Rockies used to try to win, and, at least recently, they've learned that it makes more sense to play defense in Denver.
No matter where you play, you're going to be better when you catch the ball and your pitchers throw more strikes.
Rockies first baseman Todd Helton
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