The Rockies put on a strong pitching display Tuesday night in their 2-1 loss to The Mets in 12 innings. That’s because they have one of the better pitching coaches out there in our old friend Bob Apodaca.
Although best known as our pitching coach from 1996–1999, we remember him more for his five years as a Met starter & reliever. Apodaca had a 2.86 ERA over 361 innings and led the team with saves in 1975. So what if it was only 13 saves. That’s alot for 1975.
Bob took over as the Rockies coach after the 2002 season. As far as baseball jobs go, being pitching coach in Colorado is about as good as being A-Rod’s press agent. Loge13 looked at the Rockie’s team pitching stats. In 2003 and 2004, the team was last in the league in ERA (5.2 and 5.34, respectively). In 2005, the team moved up to 15th place, with a 5.13 ERA.
But last year, the Rockies team ERA was 4.66, good for 13th in the NL. Currently (and discounting Tuesday night’s game), the Rockies are 12th in the NL with a 4.43. Not a bad job in one of the worst pitcher's parks in baseball. Too bad, Clint Hurdle’s offense can’t measure up. They are currently last in the league with 20 homers.